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Our Father, Whose glory filleth the Universe,
we reflect upon the great achievements
of those who have made the extreme sacrifice for our country
in order that our blessed land may continue to be
a beacon of light and a source of hope
for the entire civilized world.
Deliver us, O Heavenly Father,
from our present impending evils
and frustrate the designs of our enemies.
Restore us to the bosom of peace.
We pray to Thee to hasten the day
when humanity shall be delivered from oppressors and oppression
and hate and violence shall never again flourish on the face of Thy earth,
and may we realize in our day the fulfillment of the prophetic vision
“that they shall dwell every man under his own vine
and fig tree with none to make them afraid.” (Micah 4:4)
This prayer by Brigadier General Julius Klein was included in the anthology, The Prayer Book of the Armed Forces (ed. Daniel A. Poling, 1951), p. 47. The anthology notes that “Accompanying the prayer of General Klein, National Commander of Jewish War Veterans, U.S.A., is this message: ‘I wish to express the deep-seated conviction that this book of prayers will be warmly received by a world which is very much in need of closer contact with God.’”
“Prayer for the United States during the Cold War, by Julius Klein (Jewish War Veterans of the USA, 1951)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Stephen Roth on 29 May 2014
Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld on 23 May 2014
“That America’s Heroes Shall Not Have Died in Vain” with a special El Malé Raḥamim prayer for Memorial Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)
Children’s Prayer for the Recovery of our President [Dwight D. Eisenhower], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1955)