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Thou who controllest the destinies of all men
and in whose hand lies the fate of all nations,
we have appeared before Thee this day
with feelings of deep thankfulness.
We are grateful that the war which brought
so much destruction,
so much sorrow,
and so much death,
We recall the heroism
which so many of our brave spirits showed,
and the noble sacrifices
so many made at the call of their beloved land.
We remember, with affection,
all those devoted souls who gave their lives for their country.
But, Almighty God,
futile would have been our observance of this sacred day,
of no avail will have been all the sufferings of our martyrs
if there be not born in us the conviction
that wars must no longer afflict mankind—
wars with all their terrors—
wars in which the hand of one man is turned against his brother!
“For have we not all one father?
Hath not one God created us?” Malachi 2:10.
We know that America came forth victorious,
because all its people
from one end of the land to the other,
irrespective of race or creed,
were united for a common purpose.
Grant us the wisdom to banish hate
so that no internal dissension
may disrupt our living together in fellowship.
Bless this glorious land of ours
that it may ever continue to be
a haven of refuge for the oppressed
and an apostle of righteousness to the entire world.
“Armistice-Day Prayer” was published in Rabbi Jacob Bosniak’s Likutei Tefilot: Public and Pulpit Prayers (1930). It may have been published elsewhere, earlier, as Rabbi Solomon tragically died at the age of 40 that year. We have been unable to find an earlier publication.
“Armistice Day Prayer, by Rabbi Hyman Solomon (after World War Ⅰ, circa 1920s)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
Prayer for Sailors and Soldiers on Active Service, by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)
גאָט בענטש אַמעריקע | God Bless America, for Armistice Day by Irving Berlin (1918/1938) with Yiddish translation
Armistice Day Prayer, by Rabbi Jospeh H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1923)
Prayer on the Declaration of War [against Imperial Germany], by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)
תפלה בבתי כנסיות דק״ק פירטה שנת תרע״ד | A Prayer for the Synagogues of the Holy Jewish Community of Fürth [Germany, at the onset of war] – 5674