In the same way that slavery was a moral challenge for the 19th c. & totalitarianism was a challenge for the 20th c., the challenge that women & girls face around the world is the moral challenge of our time.

~ Sheryl WuDunn & Nicholas Kristof

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Praying with Women of the Wall

Standing in solidarity with Women of the Wall ( and all women of faith who simply seek to lean in fully to our faith traditions and also affirm our own fundamental human equality as women.

Prayer for Women of the Wall
by Rahel Sharon Jaskow
May it be Your will, our God and God of our mothers and fathers, to bless this prayer group and all who pray within it: them, their families and all that is theirs, together with all the women and girls of your people Israel. Strengthen us and direct our hearts to serve You in truth, reverence and love. May our prayer be desirable and acceptable to You like the prayers of our holy mothers, Sarah, Rivka, Rahel and Leah. May our song ascend to Your Glorious Throne in holiness and purity, like the songs of Miriam the Prophet, Devorah the Judge, and Hannah in Shilo, and may it be pleasing to you as a sweet savor and fine incense.

And for our sisters, all the women and girls of your people Israel: let us merit to see their joy and hear their voices raised before You in song and praise. May no woman or girl be silenced ever again among Your people Israel or in all the world. God of justice, let us merit to see justice and salvation soon, for the sanctification of Your name and the repair of Your world, as it is written: Zion will hear and be glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, over Your judgments, O God. And it is written: For Zion’s sake I will not be still and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be silent, until her righteousness shines forth like a great light and her salvation like a flaming torch.

For Torah shall go forth from Zion and the word of God from Jerusalem. Amen, selah.

תפילה לנשות הכותל
מאת רחל שרון יסקוב
יהי רצון מלפניך, ה’ אלהינו ואלהי אמותינו ואבותינו, שתברך את קבוצת התפילה הזאת ואת כל קבוצות המתפללת בה, הן ומשפחותיהן וכל אשר להן, ואת כל קבוצות התפילה לנשים ואת כל נשות ובנות עמך בית ישראל.  חיזק את ידינו וכוון את לבנו לעבדך באמת, ביראה ובאהבה.  אנא תהא תפילתנו רצויה ומקובלת לפניך תפילות אמותינו הקדושות שרה, רבקקה, רחל ולאה.  תעלה שירתנו לפני כסא כבודך בקדושה ובטהרה כשירת מרים הנביאה, דבורה השופטת, וחנה בשילה, ותערב לפניך כרית ניחוח וכקטורת הסמים.
ועל אחיותנו, כל נשות ובנות עמך בית ישראל, זכנו לראות בשמחתן ולשמוע את קולותיהן בשירות, זמירות ותשבחות לפניך, ולא תושתק עוד אשה או בת בעמך ישראל או בכל העולם כולו.  אלהי משפט, זכנו למשפט צדק וישועה בקרוב, לקידוש שמך וליקון עולמך, ככתוב: “שמעה ותשמח ציון ותגלנה בנות יהודה למען משפטיך, ה’”.  וככתוב: ”למען ציון לא אחשה ולמען ירושלים לא אשקוט עד יצא כתגה צדקה וישועתה כלפיד יבער”.
כי מציון תצא תורה ודבר ה’ מירושלים.  אמן, סלה.

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