September 21, 2014 · 26 Elul

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Economic Justice

Eloheinu vElohei avoteinu v’imoteinu, Our God and God of our ancestors, you bless us with abundance and prosperity for which we are truly grateful. With humility and respect, we acknowledge the people who work night and day so that we will have food on our tables, clothes on our bodies, care when ewe are sick, and many other services we may not even be aware of that make our lives better easier more comfortable.

God of justice, we pray for the workers in the fields, in the factories, in the hospitals, hotels and office buildings. May their work be safe from danger and fear. May their labors sustain them and their families with equity and dignity.

God of forgiveness, we repent for our ignorance, our apathy, and our greed that makes us blind to the plight of so many of our brothers and sisters. Make us aware of the struggles of workers in labor in unsafe conditions, for too little money, for too many hours.

Eternal God, give us the strength and passion to create a work in which there is no exploitation. Instill in us a burning, righteous indignation at the unjust treatment and suffering of working people. Free us so that we might dedicate our hearts and lives to a vision of life with security, dignity, and sustainability for all people. Amen.

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Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men
throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.

Give them through our hands this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.

Mother Teresa


“No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.”

-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt


“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice… the path of faith, the path of hope and the path of love toward our fellow man.”

-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt



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