Mourners’ Kaddish for Those Killed by Gun Violence

I wrote this version of Mourners’ Kaddish for all who have been killed by gun violence, for all unarmed people who have lost their lives at the hands of police, and for people who have no one to say kaddish for them, and please remember Black Lives Matter.


Yitgadal v’yit-kadash sh’mei rabba
b’alma deev’ra hir’utei

Dear God lift me up in my time of need
Please show me how to live and love in peace
I want to live in a world full of hope
But it’s hard when there is so much pain

v’yamlikh malkhutei,
b’hayeikhon, uv’yomeikhon,
uv’hayei d’khol beit yisrael,
ba’agala u’vizman kariv, v’imru, Amen

Adonai, Adonai, I praise your holy name
Turn my sorrow, turn my pain, and show me the way
Adonai, Adonai we bless your name
So that one day may there be peace for us all

Oseh shalom bim’ro’mav,
hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu,
v’al kol yisrael v’imru, Amen


This prayer was originally published on Sandra Lawson’s blog, My Musings.

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