The following blessing was just sent to me by my friend and colleague Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, of Reconstructionist congregation Sha’arei Shamayim in Madison, WI. It was said during the Shabbat morning Torah service for all those who participated in the many protests, vigils, or hearings at the Wisconsin State Capitol last week. Laurie reports that 90% of the congregation and guests came up for the blessing.
Mi sheberach Avoteynu Avraham, Yitzhak, v’Ya’akov
May the One who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
V’Imoteynu Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v’Leah
And our foremothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah,
Bless all of you who have come up to the Torah this morning.
No matter what happens in the next week may you be reminded that even tiny actions can affect others, create ripple effects, and make a difference in our world.
May you take responsibility for what you say, for how you behave, for what you do and for what you do not do.
May you pursue justice, act with integrity, and work hard to create a society where all are cared for, where every person has the resources that he or she needs.
May you remember to take care of yourselves and your families so that your work is sustainable.
And may you heed the words of Pirke Avot: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”
And let us say, Amen.