Healing and Peace
Rabbi Cutler's Message
We are living in difficult times with the recent bombings and kidnappings in Israel. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragic event. It is a time of great concern and uncertainty, and it is important that we come together as a community and support one another. In times like these, it is natural to experience a range of emotions including fear, anger, sadness and disbelief. It is crucial that we acknowledge and validate these feelings while also striving to maintain a sense of unity and hope.
We stand firmly against violence and seek peace for the Israeli soldiers and her citizens and those who support Israel. Let us remember the values that guide us - compassion, justice, education, and our Jewish roots. Through these principles we can navigate difficult conversations.
Let us also remember to support those affected by the bombings. We can offer our prayers and thoughts to the victims and their families, as well as contribute to humanitarian efforts that provide aid and assistance to those in need. Click here to make donations directly through the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
In the face of adversity, it is our duty to remain steadfast in our commitment to justice, peace and Israel. May we find strength in our shared values and support one another during this challenging time.
The Beth Israel community is here for you at this time. Please feel free to reach out. Sending prayers for healing and peace.
Prayers for Peace in Israel
Rock and Redeemer of the People of Israel, Guardian of the Covenant —
Bless and protect the State of Israel and all of her inhabitants.
Guard this good land established with liberty, justice, and peace
As conceived by the Prophets of Israel.
Open the hearts and minds
Of all the leaders of the nation, her sons and her daughters,
To guide them in the paths of peace and justice with true strength and wisdom.
Strengthen the hands of those who defend and protect our holy land,
And crown their efforts with success
That they might establish your reign of righteousness,
Free from all oppression and fear.
May the work of their hands be established
And the words of Your prophets be fulfilled:
“And they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks:
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war anymore.