"Today" -- A Rosh Hashanah Prayer to End Gun Violence

By Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Dear God,
God, we stand waiting for a world, 
this world, 
our world 
to be reborn. 

It's not a statement we make lightly; 
it is a statement of need

This world needs rebirthing. 
Our hearts need deep healing. 
Our lives need rebuilding 
after all the pointless deaths 
we've endured this past year. 

Dear God, 
Guns and violence have destroyed 
tens of thousands of lives 
in America this year. 
Tens of thousands. 

We call to You, Adonai, 
and beg that you stand 
in Din, in Judgment, 
of our carelessness 
and our callousness at the senseless, 
avoidable loss of many human lives. 

We call to you, Adonai, 
to infuse our souls 
with Chesed, Your Love, 
so that we really start to cry out 
from the pain our nation has endured 
for far too long. 

May we be inspired by You 
and act to save many, many lives this coming year. 
We know that only then 
will we be worthy of a world reborn. 

Hayom, Today,
we remember Your command to choose life
is not a given in Your broken world
but rather a demand
upon us all.

Hayom, Today,
we sing louder than weapons:
Those who sow in tears,
will reap, will reap in joy.[Psalm 126:5]

God, May we merit to see You 
in each other's eyes
and sanctify Your Name
by standing together
by rising up again,
this time rebuilding Your World
by saving each other's.