Last night I attended the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees and received “A Blessing for Welcoming.” Take a moment and read the blessing –
B’racha b’ma’asel yadeinu u’divrel sefateinu
Bless the work of our hands and the words of our lips,
Holy One of Blessing.
May we be strengthened in our resolve to speak out
On behalf of the 65 million people across the globe
Still in search of a place to call home.
May we open our hearts to welcome those seeking refuge
From violence and persecution.
May we find the courage to act not on our fears
But on our hope for a world
In which all people can live in safety and with dignity
Guide them in peace
May those who travel by boat, on foot,
In over-packed vans, clinging to railway cars
Be protected on their journey from oppression to freedom
Hear our prayer and guide us
So that we may guide them in peace
Yehi ratzon milfanecha Adonai
May it be Your will, Adonai, and may it also be ours