Mi Sheberakh for People Held in Solitary Confinement

By Lev Meirowitz Nelson
woman crouched with head in hands

May the One who blessed our ancestors

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah—

Who was with our brother Joseph in the pit and in prison,

and with Miriam when she was isolated from the camp for seven days—

bless and heal all those who are imprisoned in solitary confinement.

May the Holy Blessed One be filled with mercy for them,

strengthening them to withstand this act of torture and keeping them from all harm.

May God speedily send them complete healing of spirit and of body

and grant our society the wisdom

to find a more fair and humane system for preserving justice and public order, soon, in our day.

For God said of Adam, “It is not good for a human to be alone” (Genesis 2:18),

and the prophet Amos exhorted, “Hate evil, love goodness, and establish justice in all your gates” (Amos 5:15).

And let us say, “Amen.”


Republished with permission from T'ruahThe Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism that acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people. 

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