A Prayer for the People of Darfur

By Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

O God of peace, who commands us to seek peace, send peace to the people of Darfur. 

O God of compassion, who hears the cry of the afflicted, hear the cry of the victims, the bereaved, the injured, and all those who live their days in fear. 

Rouse the hearts of the leaders of the world to put an end to the bloodshed, the violence, the rape, the starvation, and the terror that has ravaged and endangered an entire population. 

Be with those who are working for peace, or tending the sick, or bringing food to the hungry, or shelter to the homeless, or hope to those who are close to despair. 

O God of justice and love, let us not be indifferent to the cry of the persecuted and the tears of those who have seen their homes, their families, and their communities destroyed. 

And may their plea and their plight reach the ears and hearts of those who have it in their power to bring peace to a troubled region and aid to a devastated people. 

Oseh shalom bimromav—may You who makes peace in Your high places help us make peace down here on earth.


haggadah Section: Commentary / Readings
Source: In Search of Freedom: A Passover Seder of Darfur © Rabbi Or N. Rose & Tamar Grimm, ajws.org