Prayer for All of the Hostages

a stream running over rocks
May the One who blessed our common ancestor Abraham bless and heal his children.

May the descendants of Issac and Ishmael be granted the wisdom, strength and courage to gather again at the double cave called Machpelah, to fashion a just peace  for all whose lives are inescapably intertwined, in Torah and still to this day.

May the One we praise daily for  freeing  the captive, now free the hostages of hatred, those  brutally imprisoned their whole lives behind a fence, and those  brutally dragged through that fence on October 7.

May we be granted the audacity to also plead, to scream, to act for the most unlikely miracle of all–that justice well up like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream so that all who dwell in the world can drink their fill of lovingkindness.

Let us pray with our minds and our hearts, with our hands and our feet,  for  a complete healing of our common humanity’s body and soul,  a peace such as we have never known and must strain to imagine. Speedily, without delay.
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