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11 January 2011

We Pray for the Dead by Magnifying God's Name

 The Jewish prayer for the dead is a prayer that responds to grief by sanctifying the name of God, even in the midst of terrible grief. I like this prayer for people of all faiths (and none) because when I don't know wht to say, I can just call and bless God's Name.
In the case of violent death, Rabbi Arthur Waskow teaches that the prayer comforts God in God's grief that part of the Divine image has killed another part of the divine image.

For Christina Greene, Dorthy Murray, John Rolls, Phyllis Scheck, Dorwin Stoddard and Gabriel Zimmerman:

Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba - Amein -
b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei.
V'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon
uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil
ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru: Amein.
Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya.
Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach v'yit'pa'ar v'yit'romam v'yit'nasei
v'yit'hadar v'yit'aleh v'yit'halal sh'mei d'kud'sha.
B'rikh hu.
L'eila min kol bir'khata v'shirata
toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah, v'eemru: Amein. 
Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya
v'chayim aleinu v'al kol yis'ra'eil v'im'ru: Amein.
Oseh shalom bim'romav hu ya'aseh shalom
aleinu v'al kol Yis'ra'eil v'al kol yoshvey tevel, v'im'ru: Amein. 

May God's great Name be exalted and sanctified - Amen -
in the world that God created as God willed.
May God give reign to God's rule in your lifetimes and in your days,
and in the lifetimes of the entire family of Israel,
swiftly and soon. Let us say: Amen.
May God's great Name be blessed forever and ever.
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One.
Blessed is God.
Beyond any blessing and song,
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Let us say: Amen.
May there be abundant peace from Heaven
and life upon us and upon all Israel. Let us say: Amen.
May the One who makes peace in the heights, make peace,
upon us and upon all Israel and upon all who dwell on the earth. Let us say: Amen.

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