By Rivka Perlman

September 23, 2012

Today We’re Making History!


When I heard about this prayer, I wasn’t sure what to think. I always tend to hold back before hopping on board with the masses. I  put it in the back of my head and even let my inner scoffer come out.

And then last night I finally saw this video – the one that landed up in my inbox a little while ago that I totally ignored. At first I was amused, maybe even embarrassed. I mean, Jews pray for Moshiach  is this really new? It seemed corny

But I watched more, I watched the whole thing, and you know what I saw? I saw one man’s yearning and his conviction that he could DO this thing. He could want this to happen so badly that he would put time and effort and more time and more effort into getting the word out to make a difference.

How could I not hop on board? I want to be with the good people. I want to be with the sincere people. The ones who live with purpose and meaning; the ones who are fearless and committed.

So I’m posting it, I’m sharing it with you. I’m hoping that you’ll see the sincerity in it.

And I hope you’ll pray.

Maybe you don’t want Moshiach. Maybe you only want to want Mashiach. Maybe you only heard of this concept last week and it makes you uncomfortable.

Maybe you don’t believe that this effort is big enough or that change can actually happen.

If you feel any of the above, then you and my inner scoffer should meet.

I have a great idea. They can meet over coffee and spew negativity and doubt while we, me and you,  will bask in clarity.

Today, we can take a moment, just a quiet real moment  and think about all the suffering and all the yearning and all the pain the world is in. and if we’re brave enough we can address our own pain too. We know there’s more to life, we know we can be living a richer existence, if only we could feel G-d’s presence even more.

And then, at 11:00 lets pray, loud or soft, slow or fast. Lets just jump right in and say words that are new to our lips but as old as time itself. Let’s join our lot with thousands of Jews all around the world. Let’s remember that we’re all connected. Let’s cry out to our dear Father in Heaven, and let us be heard.

 The Prayer  – and what to do

You are invited to give some tzedaka (one Dollar, Euro or Shekel..) before saying the prayer. Then, At the same instant, everyone will start the short prayer that can be said in any language alone, with family or in a synagogue:

“Master of the Universe, We, the children of Israel, ask you to send Mashiach to redeem us, now and with mercy, from exile and all suffering, to reveal your Name in the world and to bring peace.”

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