Great God almighty, we pray, give us these:
May this new year bring us blessings of peace
May You keep giving us daily our bread
Health to our bodies, roof overhead
Other than that, we ask one more thing, still:
Strengthen our hands--grant us courage and will.
This was written in 1973 for use in High Holiday services by congregation Mishkan Torah in Greenbelt, Maryland. That year Mishkan Torah was near bankruptcy, and I "was volunteered" to fill the post. The poem was written both to express one's own "accounting of the soul" and to add creative contents to the services. As it happened, the armies of Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel that Yom Kippur. The congregation survived and expanded.
Author and Curator: Dr. David P. Stern
Mail to Dr.Stern: david("at" symbol)phy6.org .
Last updated 18 January 2002