Humanity

Prayer for American Military Veterans

Composed by Hinda Tzivia Eisen for Veterans’ Day, 2010.
Prayer for American Military Veterans copy

May He who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, bless [names of veterans present, and] all those who have fought in the military on behalf of our country, the United States of America, in every time and era, in every place. Bless all of our soldiers that they should be successful, for good, in all of their endeavors; strengthen them and invigorate them. May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors, that our land should be a blessing to all the inhabitants of the world. Immerse us in friendship and freedom, and foster among us true peace, that we might bring about the words written by the hand of Your prophet: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” And let us say: Amen.

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A Prayer for Our Teachers

By Rabbi Albert G. Baum
as published in Rabbi Morrison David Bial (ed.), An Offering of Prayer: Prayers and Meditations Private and Public (Summit, NJ: Temple Sinai of Summit, 1962) p. 64. Adapted by Hinda Tz. Eisen, 2013.

O Lord our God — If our lips were filled with song and our tongues with words of constant praise, we would still be unable to thank You for the many blessings that You bestow upon us daily.

We sing Your praise for the masters and teachers in Israel, for our educators who help us understand that the universe, that You have given us as a home, is founded on law and order, harmony and peace.

May Your spirit ever inspire our teachers, poets, and writers of songs so that they may help us wipe out the ugliness, strife, suffering, and cruelty that mar the beauty and goodness of Your universe.

Enable Your servants to speak clearly and knowingly so that all people everywhere can learn to do Your will, with one common purpose.

Bless the endeavors of all who strive to bring knowledge and understanding into the world and into the hearts of people everywhere.

May our songs of praise always be upon our lips.

Amen.

Before Beginning Local Humanitarian Work

By Rabbi Louis J. Swichkow, “Invocation for Women’s Group”
as published in Rabbi Morrison David Bial (ed.), An Offering of Prayer: Prayers and Meditations Private and Public (Summit, NJ: Temple Sinai of Summit, 1962) p. 65. Adapted by Hinda Tz. Eisen, 2013.

Eternal God, Supreme Creator:

Gathered on behalf of our people’s cause and humanitarian ideals, we ask Your blessings, upon the work of our hands.

Grant us discernment and guidance in all our avenues of activity. Enable us to discharge our responsibilities diligently and faithfully, with sincerity of purpose and accompanying our every deed. Bless our endeavors to bring a measure of salvation and rehabilitation to our brothers and sisters.

Please keep our beloved country safe and secure, free from every enemy, internal and external. Inspire the citizens of this land of the free to fully appreciate the precious rights and privileges they have been destined to enjoy. Cause Your precepts of brotherly love, loving-kindness, and tolerance to motivate their pattern of life. May their common objective ever be the endowment of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all the inhabitants of our land.

Strengthen us, together with lovers of freedom everywhere, to contribute our share in hastening the arrival of that long-awaited era when justice will flow like a mighty stream and universal peace will be the everlasting inheritance of all Your children.

Amen.

The Music of Humanity

By Rev. Jacob Trapp
as published in Rabbi Morrison David Bial (ed.), An Offering of Prayer: Prayers and Meditations Private and Public (Summit, NJ: Temple Sinai of Summit, 1962) p. 60. Adapted by Hinda Tz. Eisen, 2013.

God of Love teach us to see in all people our kin, and in all children our own. Teach us that none can be so far away in this world as not to be our neighbor, none so unlike us as not to be our kin. Thus may understanding and good-will grow among us, toward our peace and Your glory and the music of humanity made whole.

Amen.