Jewish morality and values call us to acknowledge and eradicate systems of racism in our society. As we mourn the loss of black lives and the long history of racism, we pray for the inner strength to make change.
By Rabbi Jen Gubitz
As our world suffers,
sickened by this virus—we pray:
Inoculate our hearts with fortitude
to dismantle systemic racism
Inject our souls with compassion to love
and then to love harder
Mitigate our structures of power
against abuse, exploitation and violence.
Protect our siblings, among us and beyond,
beloved humans who lay bleeding in our streets
Strengthen those wearied by oppression,
with renewed energy, tenacity, hope and rest.
Fortify our hearts to listen deeply and amplify the voices
of black people
of brown people
of indigenous people everywhere
Immunize us, O Source of Healing,
Immunize us against this viral historic hate,
Course through our veins courage and conviction
to reckon with our implicit bias
to apologize for our role in the pain
to fight to end this oppression
Vaccinate us, vaccinate us, O Source of Healing
with the sacred power of love.
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