A Prayer for When Children are Forcibly Separated from Parents By Rabbi Paul Kipnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pray for the children

The ones who were taken away

And pray for the leaders

Whose moral compasses have gone astray

 

Pray for the kids

Who wallow in their cages

And pray for the guards

Whose work sullies their wages 

 

Pray for the dads 

Who are now childless and under arrest

And pray for the moms

Whose kids were ripped right from their breasts

 

Pray for the parents 

Away from their children day and night

And pray for our government

Which desperately needs to see the light

 

Pray for the religious

Whose values others erroneously claim

To justify pulling children from their parents

But really, they just profane God’s name

 

Pray for the people

Who avert their eyes from this travesty

And pray for government 

Which employs this immoral strategy

 

But mostly,

Pray for the children

Created b’tzelem Elohim*

And pray for us all

As we all suffer the wretched parts of the American dream

 

* B’tzelem Elohim = created in God’s image

 

26 Jewish organizations declare: Families belong together!

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