Finding My Voice as a Black Jew

black male Jewish person wearing a tallit and blue kippah, sitting in the pews of a synagogue, as a little black girl in a pink dress sits on his lap. He is wearing glasses and looking down at her. Other congregants are in the background.

Hashem, do You hear me?
Do they hear me?
My people
We are not okay
We are dying
We are suffering
I am angry
I am silent
I am afraid
Hashem? Do You hear me?
Can I speak to the people the way I speak to You?
Will they hear me?
Will they protect me as You do?
I am a Black Jew
I am strong
I am fierce
I am resilient
But I am afraid without You
G-d, I pray I find my voice
The way I’ve found You
As I wear my kippah today
Remembering that you always walk with me
I wear it walking with You
Because I live
Because I will no longer be afraid
As a Black Jew
Hashem, our people, my people with You.

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