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Amidah for Peace, Justice, and Immigration

By Rabbi Elliott Tepperman

This alternative Amidah was used during Minchah prayers by members of the Reconstructionist Rabbinic Association outside of an Immigration Processing Center in order to call attention to the plight of immigrants and underscore the importance of the Jewish obligation to welcome the stranger. It is meant to be done as a call and response.


Avot
God of our ancestors. God of immigrants. God of refugees. We are border crossers.
We tie our fate with You who cannot be contained by customs offices. You who requires no passport

Gevurot
You are the power that nurtures, You support the fallen, You free the captive, You give faith to those who sleep in the dust.

Kedushah
We call out to each other, We turn in every direction, Your holy image is the face of every human

Binah
Help us to act with understanding

Teshuvah
Return us again and again to your service

Selikhah
Forgive us for retreating to our own comfort, Forgive us for not taking responsibility, Forgive us for letting little fears Stop us from helping with compassion.

Ge’ulah
Release us from captivity, Release us from persecution, Release us from misfortune, Help us to heal when rational arguments are insufficient.

Refuah
Heal the suffering that causes people to flee their homes.

Birkat Ha-shanim 
All Bountiful one let every person live with abundance.

Kibutz Galuyot
Blast the great shofar for freedom
Gather in all those in exile!

Din
Restore justice with love and compassion.

Birkat Haminim
Let all wickedness be lost.

Tzadikim
Protect all the righteous people
fleeing war and
fleeing poverty.
Be with those seeking safety
and seeking security.

Binyan Yerushalayim
Build everlasting peace in Jerusalem.

Yeshu’ah
Plant your help in every land.

Kabbalat Tefillah
Hear our voice!
Hear the voice of refugees
Hear the voice of immigrants
Help us hear your voice

Avodah
Take pleasure YHVH in our work.
Lovingly accept our prayer.

Hoda’ah
Modim anakhnu lach
We give thanks to you

Birkat Shalom
Sing Oseh Shalom

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