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תפילה למדינת ישראל | Prayer for the State of Israel, by Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen (2002)


לִבִּי לִבִּי יוֹצֵא לָךְ צִיוֹן.
דְמָעוֹת וְצָהֳלָה, שִׂמְחָה וְיָגוֹן
הַלֹא חַלוֹם חָלַמְנוּ וַיֶהִי
וְהִנָהּ־גַם רִינָה גַם נֶהִי.
My heart, my heart goes out to you Zion
Tears, jubilation, celebration, grieving
Did we not dream a dream that came to be?
And here it is—both song and lament.
נַחְנוּ רַק חוֹמֶר וּתְּפִילָה לָנוּ לָיוֹצֵר,
לַטוֹב וְלַצֶדֶק הַכְווֵן אֶת הָעָם בְּצִיוֹן מִסְתַּתֵר.
כִּי לָךְ כָּל הָאֳרֶץ וְלָנוֹ אֶרֶץ יְחִידָה,
אַשֶׁר יָרַשְׁנוּ יַחְדָיו עִם בְּנֵי הָגָר.
We are mere matter, and our prayer is to the Creator,
Toward the Good and the Just, direct the people seeking refuge in Zion.
For all the world is Yours, and we have but one land,
Which we inherited together with the sons and daughters of Hagar.
חוֹנֵנוּ דַעַת אַשֶׁר בּוֹן נָבִין
חָכְמַת אַבְרָהָם: “אִם תַּשְׂמְאִילָה וָאַיְמִין”.
רַחַמִים תַּשְׁפִּיעַ עַל אֶרֶץ רָבָּה הַגְזֵירָה
כִּי “צִיוֹן בְּמִשְׁפָּט תִּפָּדֶה וְשָׁבֶיהָ בִּצְדָקָה”.
Favor us with knowledge with which to understand
The wisdom of Avraham, “If you will go left, I will go right.”[1] Genesis 13:9. C.f. Isaiah 30:21.   
Overflow with mercy on a great and troubled land
For “Zion will be redeemed in judgment and its inhabitants in righteousness.”[2] Isaiah 1:27  

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen’s “Prayer for Israel” was first published in Tikkun (May/June 2002, 17:3) pg. 25.


1Genesis 13:9. C.f. Isaiah 30:21.
2Isaiah 1:27



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