For Yom Kippur, two Heilicher students - Myra Berdass, Grade 4, and Mati Ostfield, Grade 5 - wrote their own prayers for the world. They shared these meaningful prayers during the Beth El Synagogue Family Service.
Mati Ostfield (Grade 5)
May this year be a year during which we discover the vaccine for COVID. Just as G-d made the ten plagues and G-d stopped them, may G-d help us find a vaccine. אל רפא נא לה is the prayer that Moshe said to G-d for Miriam because she had tzara'at. The definition is.: "please G-d heal her." May G-d heal us as fast as he healed Miriam.
May this year be a year where we have as much fun and joy as we would in-person doing B'nai Mitzvah training. May we be able to get back together this year to services. I wish we could gather like we gathered on Simchat Torah and Har Senai.
May this year be a year where we can see our family and community. May we be able to go to camp and on field trips with friends. May we be able to be like B'nai Israel in the desert traveling and living together.
Myra Berdass (Grade 4)
At my school, Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, we live by 10 core values and 3 pillars. I have based my prayer for our country off the 3 pillars: Kind, Safe, and Responsible.
I pray that everyone will be kind to one another no matter how they look, the clothes they wear, or where they come from.
I pray that everyone feels safe in the world. I pray that everyone stays healthy and safe during coronavirus.
I pray that everyone will be responsible to keep the earth clean. I pray that we all feel a sense of responsibility for one another.
(וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֶמָּתַי? (אבות א:יד
"And if not now, when?" (Avot 1:14)
The time to learn is now, the time to help another person is now; the time to care for our environment is now; because if we put it off, it may never happen. Amen.