Like Miriam

This is part of a Hebrew prayerbook I originally started as a volunteer project for a synagogue I attended for many years. The synagogue went in another direction, but I finished the prayerbook for use at my wedding. It’s designed as a responsive reading.

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Let me be strong, like Miriam
Let me be holy, like Miriam
Let me make the world better

Let me be courageous, like Miriam
Who risked her own life for her brother’s sake.

Let me be creative, like Miriam
Who wrote songs of celebration at the Red Sea.

Let me be loving, like Miriam
Who gave equally to her family and to her people.

Let me be clever, like Miriam
Who convinced Pharaoh’s daughter to take in her brother.

Let me be tolerant, like Miriam
Who overcame her prejudice with God’s help.

Let me be wise, like Miriam
Who was chosen by God as a prophet.

Let me be nurturing, like Miriam
Who brought water to the desert.

Let me be joyful in life, like Miriam
Who led the dancing at the seaside.

Let me be strong, like Miriam
Let me be holy, like Miriam
Let me make the world better


 

Copyright © 2006 by Leigh Grossman