A Jew's prayer
for the children of Gaza
Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman of Kol haNeshama, Jerusalem.
If there has ever been a time for prayer, this is that
If there has ever been a place forsaken, Gaza is that place.
Lord who is the creator of all children, hear our prayer this accursed day.
God whom we call Blessed, turn your face to these, the children of Gaza,
that they may know your blessings, and your shelter, that they may know
light and warmth, where there is now only blackness and smoke, and a cold
which cuts and clenches the skin.
Almighty who makes exceptions, which we call miracles, make an exception of
the children of Gaza. Shield them from us and from their own. Spare them.
Heal them. Let them stand in safety. Deliver them from hunger and horror and
fury and grief. Deliver them from us, and from their own.
Restore to them their stolen childhoods, their birthright, which is a taste
Remind us, O Lord, of the child Ishmael, who is the father of all the
children of Gaza. How the child Ishmael was without water and left for dead
in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba, so robbed of all hope, that his own mother
could not bear to watch his life drain away.
Be that Lord, the God of our kinsman Ishmael, who heard his cry and sent His
angel to comfort his mother Hagar.
Be that Lord, who was with Ishmael that day, and all the days after. Be that
God, the All-Merciful, who opened Hagar's eyes that day, and showed her the
well of water, that she could give the boy Ishmael to drink, and save his
Allah, whose name we call Elohim, who gives life, who knows the value and
the fragility of every life, send these children your angels. Save them, the
children of this place, Gaza the most beautiful, and Gaza the damned.
In this day, when the trepidation and rage and mourning that is called war,
seizes our hearts and patches them in scars, we call to you, the Lord whose
name is Peace:
Bless these children, and keep them from harm.
Turn Your face toward them, O Lord. Show them, as if for the first time,
light and kindness, and overwhelming graciousness.
Look up at them, O Lord. Let them see your face.
And, as if for the first time, grant them peace.
Ein jüdisches Gebet: Für die Kinder von Gaza
Der Krieg als Ausnahmezustand
Wir sind jeden Tag überfüllt mit den Nachrichten, wir empören uns oft wegen
der Berichterstattung, wir staunen über das Denken der anderen und fragen
uns, warum die Welt nicht verstehen kann, dass die Medinat Israel sich 2005
aus Gasa zurückgezogen hat, unter gewaltigem Protest vieler, die darauf
hingewiesen haben, dass dadurch die Sicherheit Israels gefährdet wird (was
auch tatsächlich passierte)...