Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken our lives. Many of us have experienced loss of loved ones, loss of income, illness, fear, isolation, frustration, fatigue. Some of us have put our lives at risk on the front lines as doctors and nurses, grocery workers, delivery workers, and other places of vulnerability. All of us are trying to cope and adapt to a new reality. We all suffer in different ways, and no one’s suffering is more important than anyone else’s. We are in this together. And we can help each other. Below are blessings, prayers, poems and rituals written during the pandemic: from graduation and b’nei mitzvah ceremonies to prayers for health care workers to blessings for handwashing. These resources offer healing, hope, meaning, structure, gratitude and joy during this fragile moment.

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Acknowledging the loneliness of being unable to pray in community
person in red hoodie walking through field of tall wheat looking out to sunset in the distance
“We walk in fear, in doubt, in uncertainty, / so why do we even bother to pray?”
Why Bother to Pray?
“The last three years have not been easy, even for the children who are acting like they have been”
The Four Children of the (Continued) Pandemic

“May the light of each soul shine on”

Let No Soul Be Forgotten: Vigil Prayer Marking Two Years of COVID

“God of change, / We are afraid to look straight into Your face”

To the God of Change

“We struggle to rejoice in budding trees”

Blessings of the Trees in a Covid Year

No. / Not this. / Not again.”

PTSD in a Time of Omicron

Entering year three of the COVID-19 pandemic

Entering Year Three

“May that little spark find its way to my home.”

A Blessing for Warmth in the Winter

“There is nothing like death / To bring a clarity to vision.”

The Gift of a Death Bed: Parsha Vayekhi

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