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תְעַקֵּר רוֹדָנוּת וְטִירוּנִיָא וָעָרִיצוּת
וּתְמַגֵּר עֹשְׁקֵי נִדְכָּאִים
תַעֲבִיר מֶמְשֶׁלֶת זָדוֹן מִן הָאָרֶץ
תַּכְשִׁיל פּוֹגְעִים בְּדֵמוֹקרָטִיָה
כִּי מַכְנִֽיעַ זֵדִים אַתָּה
May You tear out autocracy, tyranny and despotism,
rend the power of those who cheat and deceive,
and upend those who oppress the vulnerable.
Make the reign of the arrogant disappear from all lands.
May the people attacking democracies everywhere stumble and fail,
and may their plans be as nought.
bring on their downfall,
soon, in our days,
for You humble the arrogant.
וְכֵן תִּתֵּן לְכָל אֻמּוֹת הָעוֹלָם
הָכֹּחַ וְהַרָצוֹן לִרְדֹף צֶדֶק
וּלְבַקֵּשׁ שָׁלוֹם כְּאַגֻדָה אַחַת
וּלְהַצְמִיחַ רְפוּאָה וְחַיִים טוֹבִים וְשָׁלוֹם
כִּי אַתָּה הוּא מֶֽלֶךְ אֹהֵב צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט
May You give to all the peoples of the world
the strength and will to pursue righteousness
and establish justice,
and to seek peace as a unified force,
so that violence be uprooted,
and healing, good life and peace may flourish,
for You are the Ruler who loves righteousness and justice.
(And let us say: Amen.)
May God protect Volodymyr Zelenskyy Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy[a] (Ukrainian: Володимир Олександрович Зеленський, pronounced [woloˈdɪmɪr olekˈsɑndrowɪdʒ zeˈlɛnʲsʲkɪj]; born 25 January 1978) is a Ukrainian politician, former actor and comedian who began serving as the president of Ukraine in 2019.
and let his country triumph over Russian imperialism.
This prayer is based on a prayer before voting (also by Rabbi Seidenberg). The sections adapted for this prayer here derive directly from supplements added during the 2020 Presidential election, when Donald Trump sought re-election. The anti-democratic orientation of Trump’s presidency had by then become widely apparent. This prayer was last updated on 26 July 2023.
A pdf of this prayer with Hebrew and English may be downloaded directly from neohasid.org.
“A Prayer for Democracies Everywhere with the Welfare of Ukraine Foremost in Mind, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org, 2022)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
אַ בְּרָכָה פֿאַרן קײסער | A Blessing for the Kaiser, from Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein – Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman (1965)
תפילה לשלום העם האוקראינה | Prayer for the Welfare of Ukraine and the Ukrainian People (Masorti Movement in Israel 2022)
Prayer for the People of Ukraine, by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the UK & the Commonwealth, 2022)