Prayers for the Vulnerable

The ancient Jewish community added a prayer on Yom Kippur for those in an especially vulnerable spot while praying for the welfare of the community in the year to come. As Jewish communities the world over enter a solemn day of prayer and atonement at the close of the ten Days of Awe, Clergy Beyond Borders offers some prayers for the especially vulnerable:

May this year that is coming be one of abundance, building, compromise, dialogue, respect and understanding, a year in which all realize their interdependence and work together for the common good.

And concerning the inhabitants of Washington, DC, we all say: May it be Your will, Adonai, our God and God of our ancestors, that they find common ground on which to safely build in the days to come, so that the fault-lines of race and class do not become their demise.
–from A Song Every Day


A misheberach [blessing] for victims of torture and of human trafficking

Rabbis for Human Rights’ “These I Remember”

Shelter for Those Who Suffer

While these prayers are all based on elements of Jewish liturgy, most are adaptable to other contexts. Please share your own resources.

“We may have traveled on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.”

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