A Chanukah Prayer for Jerusalem – Dori Midnight


Wading in what seems like an endless river of heartbreaking news, including Trump’s announcement about recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jerusalem, holy ground whose name means “Abode of Peace”, sacred home to people of all faiths, occupied land, we grieve.

Beyond the fact that this is violation of international law, it is an action of deep imperialism and racism.

Our hearts break for Palestinians, and for all the people this move will harm, and for the land itself, which belongs to no one.

And we strengthen our resolve to keep working, fighting, praying, singing, and joining our voices in protest with people all over the world who are outraged by this move.

We will keep resisting because it is our sacred duty to do so.

We refuse to let our spiritual traditions be mangled by the maw of nationalism and racism.

We resist Zionism BECAUSE of our Judaism, because it is engraved in our hearts and souls to keep working for collective liberation, until we are all free.

And inshallah, Baruch ha Shem, we will keep working and singing and fighting for Palestinian dignity and liberation and the crushing of settler colonialism and imperialism everywhere, with our benevolent ancestors at our backs and our beautiful powerful web of dreamers, artists, and change makers by our sides, drawn by our visions of peace and self determination for all people.

– Dori Midnight


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