A Blessing for Welcoming

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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

Talichehem I’shalom

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

Shame’a tefilateinu

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

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