Vidui for the Border 5780

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

For the sin we have sinned against You and against humanity for allowing the perversion of justice on our southern border, many of the refugees, as our ancestors were refugees:

For allowing children to be separated from their parents, 

in our name

For allowing small children to appear in court on their own,

in our name

For allowing officials to cram people into cages, without any thought to sanitation or hygiene, 

in our name

For not giving girls sanitary napkins for their periods, 

in our name

For allowing rape and sexual assault on young women and girls in our custody,

In our name

For denying them flu shots and thereby watching children die of a treatable infection, 

in our name

For denying refugees and immigrants vaccines, and thereby spreading mumps through camps throughout the country, 

in our name

For calling refugees escaping horror at home, horrors that our people have experienced through time immemorial, criminals,

in our name

For traumatizing thousands of refugee children, 

in our name

For not pouring into the streets to protest these atrocities perpetrated

in our name

Forgive us, pardon us, wipe away our sin, Holy One of Forgiveness, but only after we have made this right.

Meredith Cahn, 2019/5780

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