GRANT US PEACE – Where We Stand

The Jewish Association of Spirituality and Dreams was founded to embrace the power of our dreams, messengers of the night, to bring Tikkun Atzmi and Tikkun Olam to ourselves and the world.  When we call on the Wisdom Within we can “divine” the paths to peace and justice for all.

In April, 2003, as the US attacked Iraq, I wrote the following plea for peace in the online publication Plum Dreams Journal ( I edit.  As violence and the violation of human rights tragically have become the default tools to achieve political ends, the ancestral prayer “Grant Us Peace,” remains a powerful totem.

I would add to the two decades- old  journal entry, the words from another rabbi: Pray as if everything depended on G*d, Act as if everything depends on you.” — Dream On, Joyce

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: (tweaked ever so slightly):

When political leaders use religious fundamentalism to justify terrible destruction, we must call upon our own inner compass for guidance. I  heard this simple but profound message from a rabbi at a Reform Jewish synagogue during the US “shock and awe” bombing of Iraq.   

A powerful way to touch my own moral center is reciting my father’s favorite prayer from the Hebrew Union prayer book. This simple act holds a mirror to my own behavior. This simple act especially when said in community takes on  painful significance. This simple act engages and directs our journey. May these words or ones of your own guide positive thought and action.

“Grant us peace, Thy most precious gift, O Thou eternal source of peace, and enable (us all) to be its messenger unto the peoples of the earth. Bless our country that it may ever be a stronghold of peace, and its advocate in the council of nations. May contentment reign within its borders, health and happiness within its homes (and all homes everywhere).

“Strengthen the bonds of friendship and fellowship among the inhabitants of all lands. Plant virtue in every soul, and may the love of Thy name hallow every home and every heart. Praised be Thou Giver of peace.”