Alden Solovy
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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

About the Author
Alden Solovy is traveling teacher, preacher, poet in the tradition of the piytan. The Liturgist-in-Residence at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, his teaching spans from Jerusalem to the UK to synagogues throughout North America. He's the author of six volumes of modern tefillot and midrash. His latest, "These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah," is a Silver Medalist in the 2023 Independent Book Publishers Awards. His work is anthologized in more than 20 volumes of prayers and meditations. Alden made aliyah in 2012. He is the founder of ManKind Project Israel. Read his work at
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