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


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