Prayer in Time of War in Israel
Composed and offered by the Steering Committee for the Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Eloheinu V’Elohei Avoteinu V’Imoteinu, Our God and God of our ancestors. You know that the Jewish people are one nation with one heart, and today that heart is broken. With the grim news of so many of our sisters and brothers in Israel killed, wounded, and kidnapped, we turn to You.
Harofeh Lishvuray Lev, the healer of broken hearts, be with our brothers and sisters who have been taken captive and with the families of the victims. Watch over the hostages, break their bonds, redeem the captives and bring them out from darkness to light. Comfort the families of all those murdered and bring them under the shelter of Your wings. Bring complete healing, healing of body and healing of spirit, to all of those who are wounded, those wounded in body and those wounded in spirit. To the entire Jewish people who were terrorized, bind up our wounds and may Your divine presence bring us healing.
Tzur Yisrael, Rock and Redeemer of the people of Israel, Bless the State of Israel during this time of war and tragedy. Guide its leaders and advisors with Your light and Your truth, and help them with Your good counsel. Shield it with Your love and spread over it the shelter of Your peace.
Shomer Yisrael, Guardian of Israel, strengthen and bless the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces and the security forces, who stand guard over our land: on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
Deliver them and crown their efforts with triumph. May God cause the enemies who rise up against them to be struck down before them. May the Holy Blessed One, preserve and rescue our soldiers from every trouble and distress and send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
In the face of war, God, protect and preserve us, and restore peace and wholeness to our hearts.
Oseh Shalom Bimromav Hu Ya’aseh Shalom, Aleinu Ve’Al Kol Yisrael.
And let us say: Amen.
Prayer for the State of Israel 5783
Avinu Sh’bah shemayim, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, may it be the beginning of our redemption. Shield it with Your lovingkindness, envelop it in Your peace, and bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders, ministers, and advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel.
May your name be sanctified in its midst. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land, grant them deliverance, and adorn them in a mantle of victory. Ordain justice andpeace in the land, and grant joy of heart to all who seek you there.
May the law go forth from Zion and the word of God from Jerusalem. May Israel become a light unto the nations, and a sign of redemption for all the earth.
Lead them, swiftly and upright, to Your city Zion and to Jerusalem, the abode of Your Name, as is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: “Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather you, from there He will fetch you. And the Lord your God will bring you to the land. Amen.
The words to Israel's national anthem were written in 1886 by Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from Bohemia. The melody was written by Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia. Cohen actually based the melody on a musical theme found in Bedrich Smetana’s "Moldau."
Kol ode balevav p'nimah - Nefesh Yehudi homiyah
Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimah - Ayin l'tzion tzofiyah.
Ode lo avdah tikvatenu
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim: L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenu - Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayim.
English translation: As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart, With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion, Then our hope - the two-thousand-year-old hope - will not be lost: To be a free people in our land, The land of Zion and Jerusalem
Prayer for the Well-Being of the Israel Defense Forces
May the Holy one who blessed our fore-parents Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah - bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may God send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
May God bring our enemies under our soldiers’ sway and may God grant our IDF soldiers and all who guard Mehdinat Israel salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies, for you, to save you.