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One of the greatest calamity Musa عليه السلام ever had to face was standing in front of the red sea and not having the option of turning back because fir'aun and his army were behind him.

And the Qur'an mentions the Banu isra'eel despairing, saying, “Indeed, we are going to be taken.”

But subhanallah. Just look at the certainty of Musa عليه السلام. He replied, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.”

And it’s something to reflect upon isn’t it. When we’re faced with a calamity, we always say, “Indeed, we are going to be overtaken.” But we never say what Musa عليه السلام said. We never say,

“Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.”

Prayer for healing from communal tragedy

Blessed are you, Source of Life,
Who helps us to bring
Light where there is darkness,
Healing where there is brokenness, and
Peace to all of the Earth’s inhabitants.

Brukhah at Yah, M'kor Ha-hayyim,
ha-tomekhet banu b'haviyenu 
Or l'hoshekh,
marpei l'shever, 
v'shalom l'khol yoshvei tevel.

By Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies