|Apples and honey for a sweet new year|
|Figs for the fall season from my cousins' garden|
|Round challah to symbolize the cycle of the seasons of a year|
We cannot merely pray to end war:
For we know that the world is made in such a way
That man must find his own path to peace
Within himself and with his neighbor.
We cannot merely pray t o end starvation:
For we already have the resources
WIth which to feed the entire world,
If we would only use them wisely.
We cannot merely pray to root out prejudice:
For we already have eyes
With which to see the good in all men
If we would only use them rightly.
We cannot merely pray to end despair:
For we already have the power
To clear away slums and to give hope
If we would only use our power justly.
We cannot merely pray to end disease:
For we already have great minds
With which to search out cures and healings
If we would only use them constructively.
Therefore we pray
For strength, determination, and willpower,
To do instead of just pray,
To become instead of merely to wish,
That our land may be safe
And that our lives may be blessed.