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תפילה למצביעי המדינה | Prayer for the Electorate, by David Zvi Kalman (2016)

Hebrew English

To be recited on the Shabbat before an election (federal, state, or local)
together with the Prayer for Government.

הַחֽוֹנֵן ‏לְאָדָם דַּעַת
וּמְלַמֶד לֶאֱנוֹשׁ בִּינָה
הוּא יְבָרֵךְ וְיִשְׁמֹר‎
אֶת מַצְבִּיעֵי הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת
בַּיּוֹם‏ _________ הַבָּא
לָתֵת בְּכָל שַׁעֲרֵיהֶם
שָׂרֵי אֲלָפִים וְשָׂרֵי מֵאוֹת
שָׂרֵי חֲמִשִּׁים וְשָׂרֵי עֲשָׂרֹת
אַנְשֵׁי־חַיִל יִרְאֵי אֱלֹהִים
אַנְשֵׁי אֱמֶת שֹׂנְאֵי בָצַע.
May the One who graces each person with knowledge
and teaches humanity understanding,
bless and protect
the voters of this land
on the upcoming ____________,
so that they may place in all their gates
leaders of thousands and leaders of hundreds
leaders of fifties and leaders of tens,
people of valor who revere God,
people of truth who despise corruption.

הַמַעֲמִיד אֲרָצוֹת
עַל־הַדִּין וְעַל־הָאֱמֶת וְעַל־הַשָּׁלוֹם
יְהִי רָצוֹן
שֶׁלֹּא יֶאֱרַע דְּבַר תְּקָלָה עַל־יְדֵיהֶם
וַיִּשְׂמַח הָעָם
בִּרְבוֹת צַדִּיקִים
תַּצִילֵם מִדֶּרֶךְ רָע,
מֵאִישׁ מְדַבֵּר תַּהְפֻּכוֹת
תָּבִיא חָכְמָה בְּלִבָּם
וָדָעַת לְנַפְשָׁם תִּנְעַם
שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ”אָז תָּבִין צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט
וּמֵישָׁרִים כָּל־מַעְגַּל־טוֹב“ (משלי ב:ט)
וְכֵן יהִי רָצוֹן
וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן׃
The One who sustains nations
on order, on truth, and on peace:
may it be Your will
that no misfortune occur by their hands,
and may the nation rejoice
when the righteous abound.
Save them from a wicked path,
from those who speak perversely.
Send wisdom into their heart
and make knowledge pleasant to their soul,
as it says, “Then you shall understand virtue and justice;
equality and every good path.”[1] Proverbs 2:9  
And may it be Your will.
And let us say: Amen.

David Zvi Kalman’s “Prayer for the Electorate” was initially published on Ritualwell here and linked from an explanation of the prayer posted here. Vocalization of the unpointed text by Josh Soref. (Thank you!)


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1 Proverbs 2:9

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