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Peace Peace: A Prayer During War

Rabbi Naomi Levy

July 18, 2014 | 12:06 pm

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Rachel is crying for her children


She refuses to be comforted


From beyond the grave she cries


Through the centuries


Her tears flow


Hagar cries too


From beyond the grave
  

Their tears intermingle


The tears of the mothers


Grieving over dead sons and daughters


Weeping over war


They try to shake us


Wake us


They see our promise


They prophesy our hope


From the place of eternity


Our mothers whisper 


Peace Peace

Shalom Salaam

Can you hear it?


Rabbi Naomi Levy is the founder and spiritual leader of the outreach congregation Nashuva and the author of To Begin Again (Knopf), Talking to God (Knopf) and Hope Will Find You (Harmony). 

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