Prayers Alone Are Not Enough

Prayers alone didn’t get us out of Egypt.

No, we stood up and walked out of Egypt

We stood up at the Warsaw Ghetto

We stood up to huge countries intent on destroying Israel.

We prayed with our feet for civil rights.

We rose up against unjust wars.

We stood up for women’s rights.

We stood up for marriage equality.

Standing up is in our bones, our cells, and our very beings

We rise up against injustice -

Even, maybe even more so,

when it is for other people’s wellbeing.

We LIVE “nobody’s free until all of us are free.”

Now is another time that calls us to once again,

stand up.

Prayers alone will never work.

Change comes when we move, act, rise up, stand up.

Our country must be take action against the gun epidemic.

We MUST make it impossible to buy an assault weapon.

It is our inalienable right to be safe in our

High Schools, theaters, dance clubs, summer parties.

Our synagogues and churches.

Elementary schools.

Newtown, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Aurora, Orlando, San Bernardino, Columbine, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech.

Too many to name.

So many lives, no -

So many worlds -

cut short.

My friends,

let us

Rise up with

our feet,

our hands, and

our words.

June 23, 2016

Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman is devoted to helping people discover mindfulness through a Jewish lens. Her deep interest is bringing people closer to spiritual practices that make a difference in day-to-day life and it is for that purpose that She founded The Jewish Mindfulness Network; her teachings can be found at