Opening Prayers 2013 Conference: Rabbi Mordechai Liebling

The 2013 Annual Conference (One Creation, Many Faiths: A Call to Action on Climate Change) image1424opened with a prayer from each of four faith traditions, selected and offered by our four keynote panelists.  This was the prayer offered by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. (Source link for prayer at end.)

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.’
may 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 I will empty out for you a blessing beyond what is enough
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 of them, all our relations
with Shekhindah’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!

c. 2009 Rabbi David Seidenberg  Click through to find a PDF with side-by-side Hebrew and English as well as scriptural references.