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The Affinity Prayer: A New Take on the Serenity Prayer

Woman with eyes closed and hands in prayer position in a field

I have chosen to re-write Reinhold Niebuhr's "Serenity Prayer" with this in mind: that the entire Jewish moral system is based foremost on the notion that we are made in the image of G-d and that our relationship to ourselves both reflects and sets the standard for how we must live.

"The Affinity Prayer" speaks to this connection because the liking of oneself reflects the liking of G-d and because attention to the right relationship to ourselves reflects likeness of G-d. This is what Jews, by means of honoring our individuality, are called on to pursue. 


G-d, grant me the affinity to accept myself as I am, the courage to separate who I am from what others expect from me, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Prayer

How to Forgive: Opening Our Hearts in Elul

Why is forgiveness so hard? How can Jewish texts help us grapple with this complicated, heart-opening process?

Join Rabbi Vivie Mayer and Ritualwell for an online course on forgiveness in preparation for Yom Kippur. In three sessions during the month of Elul, we will study, connect, and create as we immerse in the topic of forgiveness. 

Wednesdays, 12pm–1:15pm EST, August 8, 15, 22

Register by August 1st and receive 10% off D'vorah Horn's new Teshuvah Cardsa perfect complement to the course!

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