Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Message from the URJ on Boston

In light of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on Monday, we join together with people of goodwill all over the world in praying for healing and peace.  And we would like to share the following message delivered from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism:

April 16, 2013 | 6 Iyyar 5773
Dear Friends:
Following yesterday's tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Boston community remains in our hearts and prayers. We pray for the victims of this senseless crime and for everyone's safety and healing. Throughout the Boston area, Reform Jewish synagogues are planning special services to allow the local Jewish community to grieve and pray together.

The URJ has resources that may be useful for congregations at this time, including:
For all those who escaped harm we pray Birkat Hagomeil, a blessing for giving thanks:
May the One who has bestowed goodness upon us continue to bestow every goodness upon us forever. 
Just as Moses cried out to God on behalf of Miriam to heal her, so do we call upon God. We are reminded that the Holy One has implanted within us the power of healing. As individuals and as communities, may we be sources of God's healing presence. May we heal each other. May we heal this world.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

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