HaShemLit. The Name, referring to the ineffable name of God; used as a substitute for any of the more sacred names of God when not speaking in prayer. Particularly used in conversation.
, our souls are crying out.
We continue to know pain and uncertainty.
The traumas of 5780 and 5781 still linger.
Now, more than ever, we need to know Your Mercy …
We have felt the pain of restrictions.
We live with the uncertainty of life filled with senseless death.
We have been traumatized deeply and repeatedly.
We wonder why we seem to have been forgotten by You …
The pain and restrictions continue.
The uncertainty changes its nature, growing even worse.
New traumas compound the old ones,
And the weight seems at times to be unbearable …
Just as Rosh HashanahThe Jewish New Year, also considered the Day of Judgment. The period of the High Holidays is a time of introspection and atonement. The holiday is celebrated with the sounding of the shofar, lengthy prayers in synagogue, the eating of apples and honey, and round challah for a sweet and whole year. Tashlikh, casting bread on the water to symbolize the washing away of sins, also takes place on Rosh Hashana. is a new year beginning,
We, too, require a new start, another chance.
This cloak of darkness casts shadows,
Illuminate our days as You did days of old …
Creator of All, hold us gently,
Guide us with Your steady hand,
Lead us past this modern plague,
Show us a brighter future …
Rock and Redeemer, please lift us,
Look upon us favorably and graciously.
Remove the darkness of this endless night,
And Bless us, dear G-d, Bless us and grant us peace …