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Revised Prayer for Israel

As we celebrate 60th anniversary, Uri Orbach offers revised version of Prayer for State of Israel

Uri Orbach
Published: 05.07.08, 22:07 / Israel Opinion

Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it from its own ministers, leaders, advisors, contractors, merchants, celebrities, beggars, journalists, and bureaucrats, and bestow Your light and truth upon its statesmen, rabbis, judges, and intellectuals, and grace them with Your good counsel.

 

Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land, grant them deliverance from indifference, grumbling, draft-dodging, and insubordination, save them from blatantly illegal orders and elusive legal orders, fill their hearts with dedication, responsibility, and perseverance, and adorn them in a mantle of victory.

 

Salvage your nation, the people of Israel, from any kind of pettiness, self-pity, exaggerated satisfaction, folly, and apathy, and from any harm, slander, and needless hatred.

 

Defend the State of Israel against those who rise up against it from the outside and from those who rise up against it from within, and safeguard it against its exploiters, manipulators, and defamers. Call on our brethren, the entire nation of Israel, on all its parties, and sects, and views, bless them with the understanding that the State of Israel is the carrier of your mercy, light, and salvation, grant its inhabitants love and dignity, and bless them with its fruit.

 

Our Father in Heaven, prevent uprooting from you estate and needless hatred from your sons, grant wisdom to your leftists and responsibility to your settlers (in some synagogues this shall be recited the other way around,) as well as dignity, and fraternity, and consideration, and understanding among all Your believers and heretics, as is written in the Torah: “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.”

 

Manifest yourself in the splendor of Your boldness before the eyes of all inhabitants of Your world, and may everyone endowed with a soul affirm: What a state! What a state! What a state, special and unique. Amen forevermore.

 

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