Oct 29, 2008

a prayer to use when voting this Tuesday!

Dear Chevre,

The following prayer, written by Rabbi David Seidenberg (founder of Neohasid.org), is non-partisan and gives Jewish depth and context to the act of voting. Please note that it makes reference to this week's parshah and also has a place to make a pledge for tikkun olam based on the custom of pledging tzedakah when called to the Torah.  You can download a pdf of the prayer, with linear Hebrew and English,  or just English, from

Kol Tuv,
Rabbi Creditor 

a prayer to use when voting
Rabbi David Seidenberg

With my vote today I am prepared and intending to seek peace for this country, as it is written:

"Seek out the peace of the city where I cause you to roam and pray for her sake to Yah Adonai, for in her peace you all will have peace." (Jer. 29:7)

May it be Your will that votes will be counted faithfully and may You account my vote as if I had fulfilled this verse with all my power.

May it be good in Your eyes to give a wise heart to whomever we elect today and may You raise for us a government whose rule is for good and blessing to bring justice and peace to all the inhabitants of the world and to Jerusalem, for rulership is Yours!

Just as I participated in elections today so may I merit to do good deeds and repair the world with all my actions, and with the act of...[fill in your pledge] which I pledge to do today on behalf of all living beings and in remembrance of the covenant of Noah's waters to protect and to not destroy the earth and her plenitude.

May You give to all the peoples of this country, the strength and will to pursue righteousness and to seek peace as unified force in order to cause to flourish, throughout the world, good life and peace and may You fulfill for us the verse:

"May the pleasure of Yah Adonai our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us, may the work of our hands endure." (Ps. 90:17)