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A Celebration and a Reflection: Israel at 70

04/19/2018 03:17:36 PM

Apr19

Rabbi Allison Berry

This week, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. As we mark this profound moment, we observe both Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atz Ma’ut (the celebration of Israel becoming a state) and mingle great joy with our remembrance of those who gave their lives so Israel could exist.
“A Prayer for the Peace of the State,” was written in 1948 to commemorate the establishment of the state by the chief rabbis. The following version of this prayer, has been updated and adapted by Rabbi David Seidenberg to reflect the current complexities of life in Israel and our hopes and prayers for the homeland of the Jewish people:

On Israel’s 70th birthday, we pray: Our parent in heaven and on Earth, Rock of Israel and its redeemer, bless the State of Israel, so that she may become the beginning of the flowering of our redemption.

Shield her with Your embrace of love and spread over her Your sukkah - shelter of peace, and send Your light and Your righteousness to her heads, ministers, adviser, and judges, and to the nation that elects them, and align them with the spirit of justice from You, as it is said, Zion through justice will be redeemed and her captives through righteousness. (Isaiah 1:27)

Rescue all of Your land, from the Jordan River to the sea, from the spilling of blood, and all residing and sojourning there, under every government, from haters without and hatred within. Grant peace in the land and secure calm to her defenders, lasting joy to all her inhabitants and real hope for all her peoples. And let us say: Amen.

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