May the One who blessed our ancestors
Who was with our brother Joseph in the pit and in prison,
and with Miriam when she was isolated from the camp for seven days—
bless and heal all those who are imprisoned in solitary confinement.
May the Holy Blessed One be filled with mercy for them,
strengthening them to withstand this act of torture and keeping them from all harm.
May God speedily send them complete healing of spirit and of body
and grant our society the wisdom
to find a more fair and humane system for preserving justice and public order, soon, in our day.
For God said of Adam, “It is not good for a human to be alone” (Genesis 2:18),
and the prophet Amos exhorted, “Hate evil, love goodness, and establish justice in all your gates” (Amos 5:15).
And let us say, “Amen.”
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism that acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people.