Commentary

A Prayer for the Schoolchildren of America

By Rabbi Aryeh Spero | April 27, 2021 | 10:32am EDT
A teacher lectures the class. (Photo credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)
A teacher lectures the class. (Photo credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Almighty God, in Your Scripture You declare: “I, God, Protect the Innocent”…not only the righteous, but especially the children. We American parents and grandparents therefore ask that You help us protect our children in school from malevolent forces trying to take away our children’s innocence by indoctrinating them to hate America, hate their American and Christian heritage, and to even hate their own race and skin color if they are White.

We ask that you help us stop those deliberately confusing children as to their natural God-given gender and forcefully pushing them to explore and even affirm sexual practices that are anathema to the innocence of childhood, that most precious and sacred phase of their life.

Lord, with all our heart we beseech you to help us, as your partner and agents, in protecting the children, the innocents so dear to you and your cosmic design. Do not allow the so-called “woke” to teach our children to despise themselves.

We know that as parents and grandparents we must rise up, save our children, and most of all, protect their souls. For what greater duty is there for parents than to protect one’s own child’s soul, especially in times when forces bigger and stronger than them are exploiting our educational system, the hours of study, so that our children become social justice warriors against their country, family, Judeo-Christian values, and life itself. It is for us to stand up on their behalf…now.

Help us, Lord, help those school superintendents, principals, and teachers who themselves are sickened by what is happening in their midst and look to us, local community citizens, to speak up and stop this madness, indeed this evil.

Yes, we know we are to be people of humility, generally; but God Himself, in Exodus, calls Himself a “Man of War,” demonstrating that at times we must momentarily set aside humility for the Battle and Calling of the moment. We are in such a Moment.

All of our great spiritual men and women knew when it was time to challenge the prevailing authority and Speak Truth to Power…and subdue the powerful scoffers and cynics. Now is the time for us to be Men of Might.

We render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, but our children do not belong to Caesar. Their souls belong to God, and their destiny belongs to faith, family, and the authentic American way. We parents are their guardians, not the bureaucrats in D.C., not the Marxists posing as social justice enforcers.

God, we are your partners in this Battle for the Soul of America and the soul of our children. For God’s sake, give us some Spine! Lead us in this titanic battle of all battles. And let us say Amen.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is president of Caucus for America, author of "Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit," and spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs.

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