The Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has issued a special prayer for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, a disaster which is thought to have killed more than 200,000 people.
He has distributed the prayer to all synagogues to be said this Shabbat and has urged the Jewish community to become involved in fundraising for the stricken country.
The Chief Rabbi said he was “deeply distressed at the tragic loss of life and damage suffered by the people of Haiti.”
He added: “It has been estimated that every single family on the island has lost either a family member or a close friend.
“Not only are they dealing with the shock, anguish and physical danger that the earthquake itself brought, but are having to cope with the challenge to survive at a time when the infrastructure around them is destroyed.”
THE CHIEF RABBI’S PRAYER FOR HAITI
Sovereign of the universe,
We join our prayers to the prayers of others throughout the world, for the victims of the earthquake which brought destruction and disaster to Haiti and took so many lives.
Almighty God, we beseech you, send comfort to the bereaved, and healing to the injured.
Be with those who are engaged in the work of rescue. Grant strength to those who see to the needs of the injured and sick, give shelter to the homeless, and who provide sustenance to those in need.
Almighty God, we recognise how insignificant we are, and how helpless in the face of nature when its full power is unleashed.
Open our hearts in prayer and our hands in generosity, so that by our actions we may bring comfort, healing and support.
Help us now and all humanity as we seek to do what we can by helping people reconstruct their broken lives.
Ken Yehi Ratzon, ve-nomar.