Sunday, May 20, 2018

Special Message from the Clergy 

My heart is in the east, and I in the utterm

לִבִּי בְמִזְרָח וְאָנֹכִי בְּסוֹף מַעֲרָב
ost west--

--Yehudah Halevi



After a tumultuous week in Israel, our hearts are also in the East. Israeli rabbi and philosopher Donniel Hartman writes about how the situation in Gaza paralyzes him into silence. We too, feel at a loss for words. Mourning lives lost and demoralized by the distance of an ever elusive peace, we offer this prayer, written by Anat Hoffman, for the Israel we love:

Eternal God,In this moment, give us hope for Israel and her future.

Renew our wonder at the miracle of the Jewish State.

In the name of the pioneers who made the deserts bloom - give us the tools to cultivate a diversity of Jewish expression in Israel.


In the name of our fallen soldiers - give us courage to stand up to the words and ways of zealots. Those in our own midst and those among our neighbors.

In the name of Israeli inventors who have amazed the world with their innovations - help us apply the same ingenuity to finding a path to peace.

In the name of all these individuals - grant us the strength to conquer doubt and despair in Israel.


Replacing doubt with action.

Replacing despair with hope.

And let us say: Amen.




Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman

Rabbi Sarah Mack

Cantor Judy Seplowin


Anybody wishing to place a flag at the grave of a veteran at Beth-El Cemetery, please contact Temple with the name of your loved one for placement before Memorial Day. 

Flags are being provided by The Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Department of Rhode Island.

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