Y'hi Ratzon -- Safe Together Apart

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Title

Y'hi Ratzon -- Safe Together Apart

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I am Cantor at a Conservative synagogue (Jewish) in Columbus, Ohio.

I wrote this song/prayer shortly after the arrival of what was first called Coronavirus, then Covid-19 -- before the word pandemic was being commonly used.

The song/prayer had coalesced by March 20.

It is based on a somewhat obscure passage in the weekday Torah service (the Torah is read every Monday and Thursday) -- a passage theoretically recited between raising the Torah and returning it to the Ark.

The original prayer asks God (our Father) to protect us from desolation and pestilence. I broadened it -- both in Hebrew and in English -- to think of God as both Father and Mother -- and to ask for protection for all of us (not just "b'nei Yisrael" -- the children of Israel) -- brothers and sisters in this country and around the world -- and to keep us Safe Together Apart -- which is the unique challenge to us in these times.

I typically do either the Hebrew or the English (generally not both) between various services -- or in the midst of some services -- probably about 5x per week.

As we still follow our basic traditional rituals, it hasn't altered the prayers that we do. . . it just gets added here and there.

And I share it with other cantors, other Jewish spiritual leaders, and leaders of other faiths, at all appropriate opportunities.
This adapted passage from the Torah reflects how religious leaders often incorporate current events into sermons and services. The title "Safe Together Apart" is reflective of the idea of social distancing which, at the time this was written, was a newly established notion of mitigating the pandemic in the U.S.

Date Created

March 20, 2020

Community

Congregation Tifereth Israel

Denomination

Conservative

State

Ohio

Place

Columbus

Genre

Song Sheet Music

Language

English
Hebrew

Subject

COVID Safety Protocols
Music
Community
Social Distancing
Adaptability
Healing

extracted text

Y'hi Ratzon for Coronavirus
[Version 3 -- 3/20/20]

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Cantor Jack Chomsky
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kF kgnU Ubhkgn vpDnU ,hjJn g«bnku 'Ub,yhkP kgu
/int rnt«bu okIgcU UbmrtC Ub,Ihjtu Ubhjt
[Translation]:
May it be the will of our heavenly Father to show mercy toward us,
May it be the will of our heavenly Mother to show mercy toward us
and may God ward off desolation and pestilence from all of us and from all our
brothers and sisters in our land and in the world. And let us say: Amen.

[English words SUNG]:
May it be Your will today, our Father, our Mother
To show Your mercy to Your people
As we turn our hearts to You.
May it be Your will today, our Mother, our Father
To show Your mercy throughout the world
As it turns its heart to You.
Keep us far from desolation.
Keep us free from the dread of disease.
Keep us safe together apart.
Give us strength.
May we find love in our heart.
Sisters and brothers
In our land and throughout the world.
And we say, and we say Amen.
And we say, and we say Amen.
Version 3 -- 3/20/20

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