The carnage and bloodshed in Syria continue without end. Men, women and children are being slaughtered, and it is difficult to remain indifferent to the horrendous sights. We must raise our voice in protest, send letters to our representatives, reach out and support organisations which are on the ground helping the victims. however we are also a community of prayer. We invite you to join Masorti congregations across Israel this coming shabbat and recite the following prayer with your own congregation,and until the day when our neighbors will be able to experience peaceful times once more.
Our God in Heaven,
Creator of all flesh and maker of wonders,
Keep not Thou silence; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For a fire has been kindled in the wall of Damascus,
Brother has risen upon brother in the cities of Syria
And men, women and children are falling by the sword.
All its people sigh, they seek bread; for there is not a house without one dead. Our eyes constantly
behold the sights yet despair, and in the words of Thy prophet: “Behold, Damascus is removed from being
a city, and shall become a ruinous heap.”
And Thou, who commanded us with your holy words, saying “Thou shall not stand idly by the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord”, say now to the destroyer “Cease!”
We implore you, the God of the Spirits of all Flesh, employ your mighty power to halt the bloodshed
and atrocities among our neighbours, and bestow peace in the land of Aram Tsuba (Aleppo) and
everlasting joy to all of its inhabitants.
And the words as they were written shall be fulfilled:
“The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and in Damascus shall be His resting-place; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace unto the nations”, “And He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
And let us say: Amen.