Last Friday night at Shabbat Services I invited the congregation to help me write a prayer for the opening day of the legislature. Serving as your rabbi is my pride and joy, and better yet when I get to bring your ideas, hopes, wishes and dreams with me as I do my work on a daily basis. Below is the final text of the blessing.
And here is a link if you would like to watch it being read before our Washington State House of Representatives.
"This prayer was written with collaboration of my Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville. I solicited blessings from them to you and wove them into this blessing.
A prayer for those who carry
of the people
in their hands
and their hearts
As you enter
this season of law making,
of intensive service,
of unknown opportunities for yourselves and our State,
and all those who support you in this work be blessed with fulfillment in your service. Blessed with good health and enduring energy.
May you be blessed
with abundant kindness
May this kindness be written into all that you do.
Further more, may you be blessed with courage And integrity Truthfulness And generosity
May you be
each of you,
With the ability to seek out views not shared.
Loyal Servants and Leaders of the People, with an unyielding desire to reach across any canyons that separate us as a society.
And an openness to seize
and shared goals.
May the works of your hands
and the service of your heart
bring joy and pride,
peace and tranquility,
justice and prosperity
to our beloved
State of Washington and all who dwell within. "
This Shabbat we will be meeting for Shabbat dinner, our new supper club, at the Pizza Bank in Kirkland at 5pm. All welcome!