15 Elul 5778
26 August 2018
Let us embrace the day and its holiness,
for this day is a throne of goodness and power.
When the people of Israel do God’s will,
they strengthen God’s power on high.
But when the people of Israel fail to do God’s will,
they weaken—if one might say it—
God’s great power on high.
So let this day recall Your power—and ours.
Let it remind us of our promises kept and broken,
as we remind You of Yours.
Let this day be a throne of forgiveness—
for today we are the accountants of our souls,
the navigators of our hearts,
seeking wholeness and new direction.
And we seek You—through signs of Your presence—
in the arc of sacred history . . .
"I make this covenant . . . not with you alone,
but with those who are standing here with us this day . . .
and with those who are not."
God of ages past and future, God of this day:
as You were with our mothers and fathers,
be with us as well.
- Rabbi Janet Marder and Rabbi Sheldon Marder
Supplementary reading from our new machzor Miskhan T'shuvah, which will be introduced in 2019