UK chief rabbi pens prayer for Haiti victims

Jonathan Sacks urges people to identify themselves with international fundraising and rehabilitation.

By JONNY PAUL, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN LONDON
January 22, 2010 00:22
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UK chief rabbi pens prayer for Haiti victims

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Britain's Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has issued a special prayer to be recited in synagogues across the country on Shabbat for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.



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The chief rabbi said he was "deeply distressed at the tragic loss of life and damage suffered by the people of Haiti" and has urged people to identify themselves with international fundraising and rehabilitation.



"Every single family on the island has lost either a family member or a close friend," he said. "Not only are they dealing with the shock, anguish and physical danger that the earthquake itself brought, but they are also having to cope with the challenge of surviving at a time when the infrastructure around them is destroyed."



The prayer in full reads: "Sovereign of the Universe, we join our prayers to the prayers of others throughout the world, for the victims of the earthquake that brought destruction and disaster to Haiti and took so many lives.



"Almighty God, we beseech you, send comfort to the bereaved and healing to the injured. Be with those who are engaged in the work of rescue. Grant strength to those who see to the needs of the injured and sick, give shelter to the homeless and provide sustenance to those in need.



"Almighty God, we recognize how insignificant we are, and how helpless in the face of nature when its full power is unleashed. Open our hearts in prayer and our hands in generosity, so that by our actions we may bring comfort, healing and support. Help us now and all humanity as we seek to do what we can by helping people reconstruct their broken lives."



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