The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 


A Prayer for the Inauguration, 2021 | Get the PDF

   This prayer is about people standing together on the side of democracy and justice. It asks that the forces craving violence and fascism that stormed the capitol be undone and rendered powerless. It also incorporates a pledge to do one thing for healing the world, for tikkun olam. The second page also includes new lyrics to "America the Beautiful" written by Nerissa Nields.

I stand present, intending through my prayer
    for the day/on the day of inaugurating
    a new government, president and vice president,
    to seek peace for this country,
    as it is written (Jer. 29:7):

"Seek the peace of the city
    where I cause you to roam
    and pray for her to YHVH (Hashem/Adonai/God),
    for in her peace you all will have peace."

May it be Your will, that You give a listening heart
    to those whom we elevate today and protect them,
    and may You raise for us a good government
    that will strive and begin to bring healing, justice and peace
    to all living in this land
    and to all the world, and upon Jerusalem,
    a government that will honor the image of God
    in all humanity and in Creation,
    for rulership is Yours.

Therefore may You
    tear out tyranny and despotism,
    ruin those who cheat and deceive,
    and upend those who oppress the vulnerable.
    Make the reign of the arrogant disappear from the land,
    and pulverize the plans of those who attack democracy.
    Deny them, make them fail, humble them, soon in our days.

May You give to all the peoples of this country
    the strength and will to pursue righteousness
    and to seek peace as unified force
    to uproot racism and violence from our hearts and society
    to make healing, good life and peace flourish
    here and throughout the world
    and may I merit to do good works
    and repair the world through all my efforts,
    and through the act of... [add your pledge]
    which I pledge to do
    on behalf of all living creatures,
    to uphold the covenant of Noah's waters,
    Fulfill for us the verse (Ps. 90:17):

"May the pleasure of Adonai our God
    be upon us, and establish
    the work of our hands for us,
    and make the work of our hands endure."


Based on the 2020 voting prayer.

* YHVH and Adonai are Hebrew names for God.
The first is usually translated as "The Lord" and is the source of the name "Jehovah", but it is actually derived from the verb "to be". It means something like "Source of Being". The second means "my Lord", and is the word we traditionally say when we read YHVH, which is considered too holy to pronounce. But Adonai is also a name of God in its own right.

Download the prayer PDF with full Hebrew

"A listening heart" or lev shomei'a is what Solomon asks God for when he becomes king of Israel.

Design in progress © Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg 2006