My Prayer For The New Year

This past year has been an extraordinary one for not only me personally, but for Jews and other all around the world. I wish I could say it was a great and healthy year and that all our hopes and aspirations were accomplished. I cannot say that and in disappointed in feeling that way.

So this year I am rededicating myself with whatever strength I can must and productive time I have available to work towards making my community, my state, my country and my world a better place than I found it. I was born at the end of World War II at a time of both great despair and great hope, but a time to restart and improve lives in a way that had not been known in prior times. I believe we are at such a crossroads again and this Rosh Hashana, my prayer is as follows:

Blessed art thou, our Lord our G-d
Ruler of the Universe
Who manifests a presence before us all
In different narratives and traditions
But who tries to teach us universal principles of
Love, respect, civility, compassion and humanity.
Knowing those teachings are often pirated by those who lack
The love, respect, civility, compassion and humanity
For purposes to betray your divine will.

Your challenge to us by making us different
And living in a smaller and more connected world,
Is to make us all stronger and and more divine and
Not to triumph over or subjugate one another.

That is Your will and the challenge for the Nations and Tribes
To live together in Peace, To thrive and survive
Forever in Peace. This coming year
May we rededicate ourselves to the acceptance of all.


About the Author
Retired College Professor, President Emeritus & Co-Founder Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Founding Publisher and Editor Kol Central Pa; Philadelphia JCRC; Academic Engagement Network, Residing in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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