"Master of the Universe, L-RD of Peace, King that Peace is His, gaze down from Heaven and see the victims of burning hatred in Your world, hear the cry of those hurt by terror wherever they may be, visit Your mercy upon those who have lost their loved ones who have risen to the Heavens in a fiery storm of loathing, abhorrence, and hatred which threatens
the peace of the world and its inhabitants.

Our Father Our King, say to the Angel of Destruction:  cease!  And to the troubles of mankind:  No more!  Stop the waves of hatred, prevent the shedding of blood, save us from all cruel and terrible decrees, and heal the sickness of humaity from which came forth the evil persons who want to stem the thread of life of men, women and children, innocent of any iniquity.

King of Kings, spread over us Your peaceful shelter and conceal us in the shadow of Your wing.  Give that in our hearts
we may always see the virtues of our fellow men and not their shortcomings.  That we should gaze at light and not turn to shadow, find the unifying and not seek the dividing.  It is afterall, one Creator Who has created us, and Father to us all.

We are all the sons of one man; therefore we cry out from the City of Peace, Jerusalem the Holy City, to all humanity: 
Pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.  As brothers in pain and suffering, we must increase the love and brotherhood between us, peace and harmony so that we may be brothers in happiness, freedom, mutual respect and true peace, stable and lasting.

We the Ancient People, experienced in anguish and toil, seekers of peace and lovers of life, pray to You, Our Father Who Art in Heaven -- that may the prophecy of Isaiah come to be, speedily in our time:  "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;  Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."

Amen, and so may it be.
RABBI  LAU'S  PRAYER  FOR PURIM
MARCH  13
A POEM ABOUT WEDNESDAY'S  FAST DAY FOR WORLD JEWRY
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"Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther,  Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house,  more  than All the Jews.   For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place;   But thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed:  And who knoweth whether Thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" -- (Esther 4:13-14).
The following prayer and attached poem regarding Purim still applies to G-D's people today.  May we, like Queen Esther and
the Jews of ancient Persia, "fully" resign ourselves into the hand of our Almighty G-D, Who is the L-RD and Protector of Israel.