Pervasive Peace: A 5780 Prayer

In these difficult times, perhaps less is more.

On this final Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah 5780, here’s a simple, one-line prayer to set a tone and intention for the year. Use it tonight. Use it on Rosh Hashanah.

With so much healing needed — healing of self, others, families, societies, governments, the planet — our prayers must rattle the gates of heaven. Yet, this one line captures my deepest prayer for us all.

Pervasive Peace: A 5780 Prayer

May it be your will, G-d of our fathers and mothers,
That the year ahead bring a pervasive and complete peace
On all inhabitants of the earth,
Beyond all dreams of humanity.

,יהי רצון מלפנך, אלוקי אבותינו ואמותנו
שהשנה הבאה תביא שלום מוחלט ושלם
,על כל יושבי תבל
.מעבר לכל חלומות האנושות

Y’hi ratzon milfanecha, Elohei avoteinu v’eimoteinu,
Sh’hashana habaha t’hiyeh shalom muchlat v’shalem
Al kol yoshvei tevel,
Mei’avar l’kol chlomot ha’enoshut.

Pervasive Peace: A 5780 Prayer” is © 2019 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com

About the Author
Alden Solovy is the Liturgist-in-Residence at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. A liturgist, poet, and educator, his teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout North America. He's the author of “This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day” and has written more than 750 pieces of new liturgy. His new book, "This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings," was published in 2019. He made aliyah in 2012. Read his work at www.ToBendLight.com.
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