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A Prayer for Creation

By Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg

אֱלֹהֵי הָרוּחוֹת נָתַתָּ בְּיָדֵינוּ הַכֹּחַ שֶׁלֹּא הָיָה כֵן כָּמהוּ מֵרֵאשִׁית הֲרַת עוֹלָם לְהֲפוֹךְ סִדְרֵי בְּרֵאשִׁית

אָנָא אָנָּא הָאֵל תֵּן לָנוּ חָכְמָה וּתְבוּנוֹת כַּפַּיִם לְרַפּאוֹת אֶת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת הָאָרֶץ מֵעוֹנוֹתֵינוּ יְקוּם פֻּרְקַן לִשׁמַיָא כְּדֵי שֶׁיֻּשְׁפַּע עָלֵינוּ בִּרְכַּת הַחַמָּה לְחַיִּים וְלֹא לְמָוֶת לִבְרָכָה וְלֹא לִקְלָלָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר אֶפְתַּח לָכֶם אֵת אֲרֻבּוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וַהֲרִיקֹתִי לָכֶם בְּרָכָה עַד בְּלִי וְלֹא יַשְׁחִת לָכֶם אֶת פְּרִי הַאְדָּמָה 

אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים, זְכוֹר לָנוּ בְּרִיתֶךָ עִם כָּל הַחַיִּים, בְּרִית מֵי נֹחַ, וּפְרֹשׁ סֻכַּת רַחֲמִים וְשְׁלוֹם עַל כָּל מִינֵי הַחַיִּים וְעָלֵינוּ, הַקִּיף כֻּלָּם יוּחָסֵינוּ בְּזִיו הַשְּׁכִינָה בְּנַחַל עֲדָנֶיך תָּשְׁקֵּם בְּכָל מוֹשׁבוֹתֵיהֶם וְאָז נִרְאֲתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן שָׂשׂ וּמִתְפָּאֵר בָּגוֹוָנִין, וְיָשׁוּב עֵץ הַחַיִּים לְאֵיתָנוֹ הָרִאשׁוֹן

וּתְזַכֵּנוּ, אֲנַחְנוּ וְצֶאֱצָאֵינוּ, לֵישֵּׁב יָמִים רַבִּים עַל הָאֲדָמָה כִימֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם עַל הָאָרֶץ בָּרוּךְ חֵי הָעוֹלָמִים

Elohey harukhot natata b’yadeynu hakoakh shelo hayah kapayim l’rapot et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz meyonoteynu y’kum poorkan lishmaya k’dey she’yushpa aleynu birkat hakhamah l’khaim v’lo l’maveyt livrakhah v’lo liklalah she’neyamar eyftakh l’khem et arubot hashamayim va’harikoti lakhem b’rakhah ad b’li v’lo yashkhit lakhem et p’ri ha’adamah.

El maley rakhamim, z’khor lanu b’riteykha im kol ha’khaim, b’rit mey noakh, uf’ros sukat rakhamim v’sh’lom al kol miney ha’khaim y’aleynu, hakif kulam yukhaseynu b’ziv hash’khinah b’nakhal adaneykh tashkeym b’khol moshvoteyhem v’az niratah hakeshet beyanan sas u’mitpaeyr bagovanin, v’yashuv eytz hakhaim l’eytanu harishon.

U’tzakeynu, anakhanu v’tze’ey’tza’eynu, leyshev yamim rabim al ha’adamah khi’mey hashamayim al ha’aretz. Barukh hey haolamim.

Elohei Haruchot,

God of all spirit, all directions, all winds
You have placed in our hands power
unlike any since the world began
to overturn the orders of creation.

Please God, give us wisdom
and skillful hands to heal
the Skies and the Earth from our sins;
Y’kum purkan lish’maya
"May salvation arise for the heavens."
that the blessings of the sun flow
over us for life and not for death,
for blessing and not for curse,
as it says, "I will open for you
the expanses of the Heavens
and will empty out for you a blessing
beyond what is enough
and Earth’s fruit will not be
destroyed because of you."

God full of compassion, remember
Your covenant with all life,
the covenant of the waters of Noah.
Spread a Sukkah of compassion and
peace over us, over all Life’s species;
Surround all our relations,
with Shekhinah’s radiance;

Water them with Your river of delights
in all of their habitats.
Then "the bow will appear in the cloud,"
joyful and beautified with its colors,
and the Tree of Life will return to its
original strength,
so that we and our descendants
may merit to live many days on Earth,
like days of the Skies over the Land.

Blessed be the Life of the worlds!

Based on the P’ri Eitz Hadar (17th c.), Birkat Hachodesh, Sefardi liturgy for Sukkot, and
Mal 4, n 9:14; Ps 36, 78, 146; Dt 32:11, 11:12.

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