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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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