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25 September 2006 @ 06:16 pm
A Prayer for Peace  
A great prayer, from an atheist? This should be interesting, eh?

My partner is a conservative Jew and this weekened I attended with him 2 of 3 services for Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish new year and beginning of the Jewish high holidays (will end next week with Yom Kippur). I go to be supportive (A doesn't have any family in Seattle) and I also try to participate where it wouldn't be hypocritical of me to do so. At the Sunday service, I found a bit of a song that I will be happy to teach the tune to anyone who asks (many Jewish prayers are sung rather than spoken).

As an atheist, I sometimes find a desire to rejoice or supplicate the universe at large, and this felt like one that can span religions, cultures and even work for atheists. It is a piece taken from a larger prayer at the end of the weekday Amidah which does mention Israel and Adonai, but taken in part I find it to be a better whole than the whole.

When sung in the tune I learned this weekend, it is extraordinarily beautiful and the Hebrew seems to convey the sentiment better than the English.

Sim shalom tovah uvrakha sim shalom (Hebrew)

Grant peace, goodness, blessing, grant peace.

There is an additional line that can be added (chen vachesed verachamim grace and kindness and compassion), but I don't know a tune for adding it. I'd be interested in hearing tunes that include the second line if any of my Jewish friends have one handy. :)
Current Music: sim shalom
Cynickalcynickal on September 26th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I think you sent me this link originally, but I'll post it again.
Kburgunder on September 28th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ha! I didn't send it, so this is new to me :> I'll have a look when I get home tonight - thank you!