In light of the recent violence on the national scene, Federation asked the rabbis of Greater Metrowest New Jersey to provide their latest divrei torah, drashot, or other insights on the situation. The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent those held by Federation. Dialogue and debate are positive and necessary methods to promote change. As such, we hope you can find comfort and guidance in the words of our spiritual leaders.
Rivers of Blood, Hearts of Tears
By Rabbi Debra Smith
Spiritual Leader, Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Congregation, Succasunna
July 11, 2016- 6 tammuz, 5776
We call out to You!
We gaze at rivers of blood in our streets
And our hearts cry bitter tears.
We pray for Your children of all faiths and races
Let them play where bullets do not fall as rain and there are no rivers of blood
We pray for parents
Let them be safe in their workplaces and on their daily travels
We pray for all our brothers and sisters
Let them offer the world the best of who they are
Let them learn the best that others have to offer
Let us join forces to achieve a common goal: Peace in our lifetimes.
Embrace Your children; hold us close
When we peer into the faces of the other, let us see ourselves
Let us see the world through compassionate eyes and caring hearts
Stop the rives of blood in our streets
Stop the bitter tears flowing from our hearts.
Help us in our search for shalom and shleimut: for a world and a heart that is whole.
Rabbi Debra Smith
Founder and Spiritual Leader
Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Congregation