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A Prayer for Resistance

A Prayer for Resistance


by Rabbi Shoshana Friedman,
Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA

Holy One of Blessing!
Grant us strength to be part of a holy uprising
A resistance against the forces of destruction
For we stand in witness of the unity of Creation.
Grant us patience to work well with others
In groups of fellow uprisers
To honor and uplift Your sacred name.
Grant us wisdom to practice self-care
So we may travel through this wilderness as long as we must -
please God!
Grant us understanding of nuance and perspective
But also clarity between right and wrong.
Grant us courage from our ancestors who walked with You
and inspiration from our children who reach toward Your love.
May Your Torah open our hearts
And the words of Your prophets move our feet.
Help us pour out our fear and anger to You
But also our gratitude and awe.
You are the One we serve, the Source of Life
Who loves songs of praise and righteous action.
Baruch Atah Adonai, Shomeah Tefilla.
Blessed are You Holy One, who hears prayer.