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Wednesday Wisom & Wit

10/25/2023 01:37:27 PM


Rabbi Daniel Sherman

It’s a week later, and our attention is still very much focused on Israel.  We continue to pray for peace and protection for Israel and all who defend Israel from its enemies.  We have been encouraged by the release of a few hostages – we pray that all will soon be freed and reunited with their family and loved ones.  I would like to share with you the prayer for captives that we have offered at services these past two weeks:

“Our God, the One who raised Joseph up from the pit, be a ‘refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble’ (Psalm 9:10). 

“Send complete rescue and full redemption to those held captive by the enemy.  Strengthen their spirit and bring them our prayers that they be protected from all harm.  Implant understanding in the heart of the enemy that they may return the captives in wholeness of body and spirit.  Grant wisdom to the Israel Defense Forces that they may secure freedom for the captives without loss of life.  Grant strength of spirit and courage of heart to all the children of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar to release bonds of captivity and allow us all to live in freedom.

“’They shall call upon Me, and I will answer them.  I will be with them in distress; I will rescue them and honor them’ (from Psalm 91:15).”  [Prayer taken from Birkon Artzi: Blessings and Meditations for Travelers to Israel, CCAR Press – 2012]

            This evening during our Wednesday Night Live discussion, we will continue to talk about what is happening in Israel and our own reactions and feelings.  We will try to answer questions and discuss what we can do to help and to show our support for Israel.  All are welcome to join us online at 7:00pm on Zoom.

            There are a number of interesting programs happening this evening, including at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience and at Dillard University.

            We will continue offering special prayers for Israel and for peace at our Shabbat Services on Friday evening and Saturday morning.  May God grant strength to our people – and may God bless all of Israel with peace.

Mon, December 11 2023 28 Kislev 5784