Prayer for Israel
by Rabbis Nicole Guzik and Erez Sherman
This prayer was offered at the Los Angeles Community Vigil for Israel on Sunday, October 8, 2023
Ribono shel olam, Master of the Universe, this morning as we ended the Torah with a lamed and began the Torah with a bet, we are reminded that our lev, our heart is in your hands.
Our broken, confused, agonizing hearts.
Give us the strength to cradle Eretz Yisrael through this unfathomable time in Jewish history.
God, reunite children with parents, grandparents with children, friends with community, sisters with brothers. Babies who cry for their homes.
May the wounded, physically, emotionally, spiritually find healing in the coming days, months, years.
Let the bereft understand they are not alone. Not today, nor tomorrow. For this journey of grief will be long.
God, you hold our shattered, fractured, punctured hearts.
The heart of a Jewish nation.
The heart of the Jewish people.
God, you hold our heart. Piece together our broken slivers, slivers of compassion, mercy and love. One by one, shard by shard, never the same.
No, never the same but always United.
Remind us today, tomorrow and the days to come, we are forever Am echad blev echad, one people with one heart.