אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎ 
We stand before You, accountable for the many ways in which we have failed You, our families, our neighborhoods, our communities, our country
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, broken by social unrest, a paralyzing pandemic, natural disaster, and indefatigable fires 
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, crippled by religious intolerance, racial injustice, and political gamesmanship
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, depleted, beseeching You to arouse our tired spirit
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, eclipsed by falsehood and propaganda 
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, fractious in our positions, at our collective expense 
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, grief-stricken at the loss of loved ones
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, handcuffed by disunity, injured by insurgence  
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, jaundiced, colored by corruption and the absence of shame
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, knavish, willing to use positions of power to deceive
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, lawbreakers and malcontents, usurping just causes
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, nonplussed by unrelenting waives of antisemitism and xenophobia
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, occluded, our advancement stymied by inherent and learned bias
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, prideful, bitterness growing where forgiveness might live 
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, quiescent, our minds revisiting promises not kept
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, remorseful, conscious of our shortcomings, vice, and evildoing
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, somber and trembling, praying for your forbearance
  אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, undeserving and vulnerable, humbly seeking Your grace
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, wrathful, quick to condemn others, while seeking Your clemency 
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, of xenial capacity, yearning to be good and kind humans
 אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ‎
We stand before You, zealous in our appeal for Your compassion, and absolution
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Rachel Elovitz
Rachel A. Elovitz is a founding partner at Elovitz, Edwards, O'Nan & Buerlein, LLC. She is family lawyer who specializes in complex custody litigation. She is also a registered mediator, arbitrator, child advocate, writer (of prose and poetry) and painter. The daughter of Yankee Jewish parents, Rachel was born in Weisbaden, Germany where her father served as a Chaplain for the USAF. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Rachel taught kindergarten, elementary, and high school students at reform and conservative Jewish schools. Rachel resides with her husband, Sasha, and their canine kids in Atlanta, Georgia.

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