Yit’gadal v’yit’kadash shmei rabbah: May Your Great Name, through our own expanding awareness and our fuller action, lift You and us to become still higher and more holy.
For Your Great Name weaves together all the names of all the beings in the universe, among them our own names, and among them those who have touched our lives deeply though we can no longer touch them — (Cong: Amein)
—- Throughout the world that You have offered us, a world of majestic peaceful order that gives life through time and through eternity —— And let’s say, Amein
So may the Great Name be blessed, through every Mystery and Mastery of every universe.
May Your Name be blessed and celebrated, Its beauty honored and raised high, may It be lifted and carried, may Its radiance be praised in all Its Holiness –— Blessed be!
Even though we cannot give You enough blessing, enough song, enough praise, enough consolation to match what we wish to lay before you –
And though we know that today there is no way to console You when among us some who bear Your Image in our being are killing others who bear Your Image in our being —-
Still we yearn that from the unity of Your Great Name will come to flow a great and joyful harmony and life for all of us. (Cong: Amein)
You who make harmony in the ultimate reaches of the universe, teach us to make harmony within our selves, among ourselves — and shalom, salaam, peace for all the children of Abraham – those from the family of Abraham & Sarah through Isaac and those from the family of Abraham & Hagar through Ishmael — and for all who dwell upon this planet. (Cong: Amein)
Oseh Shalom bi’m’romav, hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu v’al kol yisrael v’al kol yishmael v’al kol yoshvei tevel — v’imru: Amein.
[This interpretive English translation and broadening of the traditional Jewish prayer of mourning was written by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center. Feel free to use it and to share it with others in these sorrowful times, so long as you cite its origin and refer to this website. See other prayers, essays, and reinterpretations of Torah throughout the website.]