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NEW YORK - Jewish Women International has created a misheberach prayer to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Created by JWI's Clergy Task Force, the prayer is multidenominational
and written in Hebrew and English. It directs healing specifically to
the victims of domestic abuse; the misheberach prayer calls for complete
healing of the body and spirit.
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The new prayer is being disseminated through rabbinical bodies and other
channels. It is intended to be read aloud during High Holidays
services, which this year are taking place just before and during
National Domestic Violence Awareness month in October.
“When rabbis mention something in public, it signals that they are
approachable and available to talk about the issue,” said Rabbi Richard
Hirsh, executive director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical
Association and co-chair of the Clergy Task Force. “It may help someone
who may be ambivalent to step forward.”