In a midrash on the opening of this week’s parashah, Vayeira, the rabbis suggest that God pays a visit to Abraham as he lies, recuperating, at the opening of his tent. This first act of bikur cholim establishes a model for our people to see, hear and respond immediately and personally to the suffering of others. During these difficult days, we pray for those stricken by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and for those who have committed themselves to responding to their need.
We pray that those who suffer find comfort through their faith in You and through the loving kindness of those emergency workers and volunteers who have come to their aid.
We pray that those who have lost so much have the fortitude to rebuild their lives. Let us seek out ways to help them build their tents anew and make of them, once again, havens of healing and hospitality. May all who have been battered by this storm discover many hearts and hands open to them. None of us stands alone in times of trouble.
Baruch Atah, Adonai, magein Avraham v’ezrat Sarah. Blessed are You, Adonai, shield of Abraham, help of Sarah. Baruch Atah Adonai, ozer Yisrael b’guvrah: Blessed are You, Adonai. You are the Source of our strength.
Many hands and hearts contributed to this prayer.