A Blessing for Animals Living in War: Parshat Noach 5784

a dog walks across the desert
רוח העולם
Breath of All the World,
You formed the human and all the animals and all the birds of the sky from the dust of the earth. You breathed into all creatures, human and animal, giving us all the gift of
נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה,
the breath of life.
In this time of war, Divine Oneness,
We hold awareness:
of the traumatized dogs and cows living on kibbutzim, witnesses to slaughter,
of the birds and the wildlife who have nowhere to shelter during unceasing missiles and gunfire,
of the donkeys of Gaza, carrying people and their belongings amidst panic and confusion.
ר֥וּחַ חַיִּֽים׃
Breath of Life:
We ask that that you inspire humans to remember our fellow creatures in this time of war, to mitigate the damage that we cause them and to bring us all to a time of peace.
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