#Shma Koleinu #HearOurVoices October 9, 2020

שְׁמַע קוֹלֵֽנוּ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ חוּס וְרַחֵם עָלֵֽינוּ וְקַבֵּל בְּרַחֲמִים וּבְרָצוֹן אֶת־תְּפִלָּתֵֽנוּ כִּי אֵל שׁוֹמֵֽעַ תְּפִלּוֹת וְתַחֲנוּנִים אָֽתָּה וּמִלְּ֒פָנֶֽיךָ מַלְכֵּֽנוּ רֵיקָם אַל־תְּשִׁיבֵֽנוּ כִּי אַתָּה שׁוֹמֵֽעַ תְּפִלַּת עַמְּ֒ךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּרַחֲמִים: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה שׁוֹמֵֽעַ תְּפִלָּה:

Hear our voice, Adonay, our God; spare us and have compassion on us, and accept our prayers compassionately and willingly, for You are Almighty Who hears prayers and supplications; and do not turn us away empty-handed from Your Presence, our King, for You hear the prayers of Your people, Israel, with compassion. Blessed are You, Adonay, Who hears prayers.

*Items highlighted are not editorial; they are there to make clear the definition of a particular phrase.

Looking at this text from the weekday Amidah prayer,

  1. What are some key phrases?
  2. How would you summarize the text in your own words?
  3. What are the qualities the text suggests are important for an entity in power?
  4. What can a petitioner or person expect from those in positions of power?
  5. What can we learn from the text about the relationship between a person and an entity that is in a position of authority/power?