Michael Totten

A Prayer for the Children of Gaza

I am neither religious nor Jewish, but I can’t help but be touched by “this Jewish prayer for the children of Gaza”:http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052871.html published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz while Israelis are in the midst of a shooting war with a violent fascist regime. If Hamas ever publishes prayers like this one for the children of Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be over.

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.

Thanks to “the indispensible Jeffrey Goldberg”:http://jeffreygoldberg.theatlantic.com/ for pointing me to this.