A Prayer For Turkey and Syria

By Rabbi Mendy Piekarski

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Our hearts are heavy as we send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Turkey and Syria, who have been affected by a devastating earthquake. The tragedy has taken thousands of lives, left many injured and homeless, and has caused immense damage to the infrastructure and buildings in the affected areas. However, amidst the chaos, we are heartened by the outpouring of support from volunteers and first responders. Dozens of Los Angeles Department fire fighters have stepped up to help, traveling to Turkey and Syria to offer their aid and support. This act of bravery and compassion is truly inspiring, and is a testament to the human spirit and the desire to help those in need. As a community, we can come together to support the people of Turkey during this difficult time. Firstly, we can pray for the recovery of the survivors, for their safety, and for G-d to comfort the mourners. Here is a prayer from King David’s Psalms that has been said by people throughout the generations in times of crisis: “For the Conductor, a psalm by David. May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob fortify you. May He send your help from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion. May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices. May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill your every counsel. We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your wishes. Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand. Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our God. They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm. Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.” In addition to prayer, we can also show our support through charity. We have partnered with Chabad of Turkey, who are helping the people of Turkey, to provide essential resources such as food, shelter, and medical care to those in need. To make a donation that will go towards this fund: chabadoftopanga.com. In conclusion, we hope that you will join us in offering support and help to the people of Turkey during this difficult time. Whether through prayer or charity, we can make a difference and help to bring hope and comfort to those who are suffering. Let us yearn for the coming of the era of Messiah, a time when there will be a world of peace, safety and comfort for all mankind. Sincerely, —Rabbi Dovid & Dina Weiss, —Rabbi Mendy & Chana (& baby Mira) Piekarski

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