OnSimchat TorahThe holiday at the end of Sukkot during which Jews dance with the Torah late into the night. The yearly reading cycle of the Torah is completed and a new cycle is begun. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah mark the end of the holiday season. In some congregations, the Torah scroll is unrolled in its entirety, and selected verses are read or sections noted. we prayed for rain:
“Mashiv ha’ruachLit. Spirit. Some new versions of blessings call God "Spirit of the World" (Ruakh Ha’olam), rather than "King of the World" (Melekh Ha'olam). u’morid hageshem.”
It fell as bombs and terror upon Medinat Yisrael.
It fell as tears from Am Yisrael.
It poured from all of us and our allies around the world.
We are drenched in sadness; in worry.
The earth is soaked in blood,
the horror, the devastation, the tears continue.
Let us pray for rain again
and let us be specific:
Holy One of Wholeness and Compassion,
May the rain that falls be gentle.
May the rain that falls be the rain of peace,
shimmering, restorative, lasting peace that flows directly from You
Source of Love and All that Is.
Oseh shalom bimromav Hu ya’aseh shalom aleinuPrayer proclaiming God’s kingship, said near the conclusion of the prayer service. V’al kol Yisrael
V’al kol yoshvei tevel V’imru: amen.
May the One who makes peace bring peace down upon all of Yisrael,
the State of Israel-Medinat Yisrael,
the People-Am Yisrael- living in our ancient homeland and all the places we reside,
upon Palestinian families who are endangered and suffering.
May your rain of peace fall upon this thirsty planet and upon all beings everywhere.
May the broken state of our hearts be mended, healed and nourished,