The Prayer for Rain

Connecting physical and spiritual needs

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For Abraham's sake, do not keep back water.

Remember Isaac, whose birth was foretold when Abraham offered the angels a little water.

You asked his father to spill his blood like water.

In the desert Isaac dug and found wells of water.

For Isaac's sake, do not keep back water.

Remember Jacob, who crossed the Jordan's water.

He bravely rolled the stone off the mouth of the well of water.

He wrestled with an angel made of fire and water,

And therefore You promised to be with him through fire and water.

For Jacob's sake do not keep back water.

Remember Moses, who was drawn in a reed basket out of the Nile's water.

Who helped Jethro's daughters: He drew water and gave the sheep water.

He struck the rock and out came water.

For Moses' sake do not hold back water!

Remember Aaron, the High Priest, who, on Yom Kippur, washed himself five times with water,

He prayed and was sprinkled with purifying water,

He kept apart from a people who were as unstable as water.

For Aaron's sake do not hold back water.

Remember the Twelve Tribes whom

You brought through the divided waters;

For whom You sweetened bitter water;

Their descendants' blood was spilled like water.

Turn to us, God, who are surrounded by troubles like water.

For the Jewish people's sake, do not hold back water.

You are Adonai, our God

Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall.

For blessing and not for curse. Amen.

 For life and not for death. Amen.

For plenty and not for lack. Amen.

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Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs

Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs is the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He has served as the publications committee chairperson of the Rabbinical Assembly.