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תפילה לשלום העיר תל אביב־יפו | Prayer for the Welfare of Tel Aviv-Yafo, by Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman (1959), amended by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried (2009)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=5532 תפילה לשלום העיר תל אביב־יפו | Prayer for the Welfare of Tel Aviv-Yafo, by Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman (1959), amended by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried (2009) 2012-11-23 17:19:56 A prayer was composed by Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman, chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, for the city's 50th anniversary (Jubilee) celebration, amended by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried of Beit Tefillah Yisraeli. Text the Open Siddur Project Louis Polisson Louis Polisson Esteban Gottfried Isser Yehuda Unterman https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Louis Polisson https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Tel Aviv Day (20 Nissan) Yaffo 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. prayers for municipalities Yapho ישראל Yisrael Needing Translation (into Arabic) peace Beit Tefillah Yisraeli Tel Aviv Jaffa
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רִבּוֹן הָעוֹלָמִים,
מוֹדִים אֲנַחְנוּ לְךָ
עַל שֶׁהִפְלֵאתָ חַסְדֵךָ לָנוּ
בְּהַקָמַת עִיר גְּדוֹלָה וּמְפֹאָרָה
וְרַבַּת־עַם בְּאַרְצֵנוּ
בְּשֵׁם תֵּל אָבִיב־יָפוֹ.
Master of all Worlds,
we give thanks to you
for have been wondrous [in sharing] your lovingkindness with us,
in establishing this great and magnificent city,
and [in bringing] multitudes of people in our land,
by the name of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
אַתָּה הִשְׁפַּעְתָּ לִפְנֵי לְמַעְלָה מִמֵאָה שָׁנָה רוּחַ עֵצָה וּתְבוּנָה
עַל קְבוּצַת בּוֹנִים מִבְּנֵי צִיוֹן הַיְקָרִים,
לִתְקֹעַ יָתֵד עַל שְׂפַת הַיָּם לְעִיר עִבְרִית
וְחֲנַנְתַּם עֹז וְעָצְמָה
לְבַצֵּעַ שְׁאִיפָתָם זוֹ
בְּאֹמֶץ וּגְבוּרָה וּבִמְסִירוּת נֶפֶשׁ,  
וְקַבְעוּ בָהּ סְדָרִים מְתֻקָּנִים,
וְהֶעֱמִידוּ מוֹסָדוֹת נַעֲלִים
לַתַרְבּוּת עִבְרִית,
לְתּוֹרָה וּלִתְפִילָה,
לְבָתֵי חִנּוּךְ וְלִמוּד,
לְמִסְחַר וּלְחֲרשֶׁת הַמַּעֲשֶׂה
וּלִפְעֻלּוֹת־חֶסֶד. 
For over a hundred years, you have showered a spirit of wisdom and understanding
on a group of builders from our dear Children of Zion,
planting a stake at the edge of the sea for a Hebrew city.
And you graciously gave them the strength and fortitude
to carry out their aspiration
with courage, heroism, and devoted self-sacrifice.
And they announced in this [city] reformed organizations,
and they set up lofty institutions
for Hebrew culture,
for Torah and for prayer,
for houses of education and learning,
for commercial trade and for active production,
and for acts of lovingkindness.
וְהִנֵה הָעִיר גָּדְלַה וַתִיף, 
וְרַבִּים מֵאָחֵינוּ וְאַחֲיוֹתֵינוּ נָהֲרוּ אֵלֶיהָ
וְנִהְיְתָה לְמֶרְכָּז הַחַיִּים בָּאָרֶץ.
תָּמִיד הוֹמִיָּה מֵאֲנָשִׁים
וּמְלֵאָה חַיִּים וּתְנוּעָה,
קוֹל תִּקְוָה נִשְׁמַע בִּשְׁעָרֵיהָ
וְהַלְמוּת עֲמֵלִים בְּחוֹמוֹתֵיהָ
וּמַרְכֹּלֶת רָבָּה בִּשְׁוָקֵיהָ.‏
And behold, the city has become great and beautiful,
and many of our brethren and sisters [and siblings] have flocked to her,
and she has become a center of life in the land.
She is always bustling with people
and full of life and movement.
The voice of hope is heard in her gates,
and the beat of laborers within her walls,
and many wares are in her marketplaces.
הַמְּחַדֵּשׁ בְּכָל יוֹם תָּמִיד מַעֲשֶׂה בְּרֵאשִׁית,
מְשׁוֹךְ חַסְדֵּךָ עָלֵינוּ גַּם לְיָמִים יָבוֹאוּ.
הָגֵן עַל עִירֵנוּ וְעַל תּוֹשָׁבֵיהָ,
הַדְרֵךְ אֶת רֹאשֵׁי הָעִיר לְהוֹלִיכָהּ
בְּדַרְכֵי הַחָכְמָה,
הַיֹּשֶׁר
וְהַצֶּדֶק.
עֲזֹר לָנוּ,
תּוֹשָׁבֵי הָעִיר שֶׁל הַיּוֹם
וּמְעַצְבֵי הָעִיר שֶׁל הַמָּחָר,
לִשְׁמוֹר אֶת מַתְנוֹת הַטֶּבַע שֶׁל הָעִיר,
כְּחוֹפֵי הַיָּם,
וּבַרֵךְ אֶת תּוֹשְבֵי עִירֵנוּ
בְּאַהֲבַת אָדָם בַּאֲשֶׁר הוּא אָדָם.
“עוֹד אֶבְנֵךְ
וְנִבְנֵית בְּתוּלַת בַּת צִיוֹן” (כמו ירמיה לא:ד)
מִי יִתֵן וְנַמְשִׁיךְ לִבְנוֹת וּלְהִבָּנוֹת
בָּעִיר העִבְרִית הָרִאשׁוֹנָה לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים.
אָמֵן.‏
The One who renews each day, continually, the act of creation,
draw your lovingkindness upon us also in the days to come.
Protect our city and her inhabitants.
Guide the heads of the city to lead her
in the ways of wisdom,
integrity,
and justice.
Help us,
residents of the city of today,
and designers of the city of tomorrow,
to protect the natural gifts of the city,
like the shores of the sea,
and bless the inhabitants of our city
with love of their fellow human being because they are also human.
“I will build you again,
and you will be rebuilt, Maiden, Fair Zion.” (Cf. Jeremiah 31:4)
May the One grant that we continue to build and to be built up
in this first Hebrew city for many long years.
Amen.

This is a prayer was composed by Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman, chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, for the city’s 50th anniversary (Jubilee) celebration, amended by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried of Beit Tefillah Yisraeli for the centennial celebration in 2009. English translation added in 2022 by Rabbi Louis Pollison. (Thank you!)

 

 

 

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