As well as being the New Year and the Day of Blowing the shofar (yom t'ru'ah) Rosh ha-Shanah is also known as the Day of Remembering (yom ha-zikkaron). One section of the service includes a section called Zichronot (remembering) - ten verses (biblical) mentioning how God remembered our ancestors. Here's an alternative - ten verses (non-biblical) on the same theme:
ROSH HA-SHANAH – YOM HA-ZIKKARON
THE DAY OF REMEMBERING
God who remembered Noah and Rebekah,
Who took Abraham and Sarah from their home;
Made promises from heaven's gate to Jacob
As he slept upon a pillow made of stone.
God who realised Joseph's dreams of power in Egypt,
Who changed Moses’ path with silent tongues of flame
Which bade him to return and challenge Pharaoh
With the awesome might and power of Your Name.
God who promised to redeem us from oppression,
Who led us out, and safely through the sea.
Who gave Miriam words to sing in joyful triumph,
As the women's timbrels told us we were free.
Who guided us through desert, parched and starving,
To bring us to the borders of our land,
And revealed laws of equity and justice
To encourage us to implement Your plan.
God who gave us kings and judges in our weakness,
And our failure to establish what was just,
Who pervaded prophets' visions, words and voices
As they told us how we'd broken faith and trust.
Who accompanied us into painful exile
As Your Temple burned, consumed by hate and flame,
God who gave us sages, prophets, priests and rabbis
To ensure that we would not forget Your name.
Who was present in our synagogues and houses
In our thoughts and in our hearts throughout the years
Across lands and cities of our long dispersion
In our prayers, our hopes, our words, our acts, our fears.
God who watched in pain as those whom You remembered
Suffered bitterly through ignorance and hate.
Who, when we implored You tearfully to save us,
Wept with us, knowing this, too, was our fate.
God who joins us as we kindle Sabbath candles
God who’s present in our yearnings and our prayers
And in countless homes where Judaism happens
In our joys and sorrows is our God who shares.
God to whom we speak with symbol and with ritual,
Which reminds us of the truth we always knew;
As we call You on this sacred day of memory:
Remember us, as we remember You.
PT July 2010