I write prayers. My approach to "A Prayer for Peace in the Middle East" was influenced by the passion and wisdom of Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad that come through in your interview, as well as a memory -- provoked by a photo on Facebook -- of a Palestinian man, a friend of my youth whom I'd long forgotten.
Please take a moment to read and listen to the prayer at www.tobendlight.com or www.kavanat-or.com. Another prayer on that site that holds profound significance for me is "For Bereaved Children." It's quite special. I recommend it, as well.
Thank you for your work,
For Peace in the Middle East
Sons of Abraham,Sons of Hagar and Sarah,Of Isaac and Ishmael:Have you forgotten the day we buried our father?Have you forgotten the day we carried his dead body into the cave near Hebron?Have you forgotten the day we entered the darkness of Machpaelah to lay our Patriarch to rest?
Sons of Esau and Jacob:Have you forgotten the day we made peace?The day we set aside past injustices and deep wounds to lay down our weapons and live?Or the day we, too, buried our father? Have you forgotten that we took Isaac’s corpse into that humble cave to place him with his father for eternity?
Brother, I don’t remember crying with you.Sister, I don’t remember mourning with you.We should have cried the tears of generations.We should have cried the tears of centuries,The tears of fatherless sonsAnd motherless daughters,So that we would remember in our flesh that we are one people,From one father on earth and one Creator in heaven,Divided only by time and history.
One G-d,My brother calls you Allah.My sister calls you Adonai.You speak to some through Moses.You speak to some through Mohammed.We are one family, cousins and kin.
Holy One,Light of truth,Source of wisdom and strength,In the name of our fathers and mothers,In the name of justice and peace,Help us to remember our history,To mourn our losses together,So that we may,Once more,Lay down our weapons and live.
G-d of All Being,Bring peace and justice to the land,And joy to our hearts.
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