Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Whispered Prayer

kotel_1This meditation is a reminder that the voice of prayer resounds in the heavens. It ends with a classic chatimah, a closing seal to the prayer, which is taken from t’filat haderech, the traveler’s prayer. It asserts that G-d hears our prayers. This will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

Whispered Prayer
Your whispered prayer
Your secret hope
Your quiet yearning
Have holiness and power.
They resound in the heavens
And echo on high.
They are drum and cymbal,
Trumpet and horn,
Proclaiming your faith,
Music of generations,
Proclaiming your hope,
Hymns of the heart,
Proclaiming your dedication
To the G-d of all Being,
Source and Shelter,
Rock and Redeemer,
Light and Truth.

Your whispered prayer
Is the song of the ages.
Your secret hope
Is the light of tomorrow.
Your quiet yearning
Is the voice of eternity.

Blessed are You,
Adonai our G-d,
Who hears prayer.

ברוך אתה ה שומע חפלה.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: This is from my series of prayers about prayer, including: “For Prayer,” “Prayer Released,” “Prayers of My Heart,” “Whispered Prayer,” “To Pray” and “Prayer for You, Prayer for Me.”

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6 Responses to “Whispered Prayer”

  1. lori gordon

    Like it a lot!
    Suggestion: Add ‘silent longing’ as fourth line. Omit small words like ‘have’ and ‘they’ – unnecessary. Hope you don’t mind ‘my suggestions’. Thanks for your Happy Birthday wishes. Happy to still be here!

    Enjoy your Israel adventures and studies! I gave up on learning Hebrew – in this lifetime. My late husband Rabbi Morris Gordon was a Hebrew scholar and spoke like a native – so he spoke it for me as well. His daughter and grandchildren are Israeli. My granddaughter Sara from Brandeis is now at Hebrew University for the spring semester. She learned Hebrew at Schechter in Mass. She’s David’s daughter.


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