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Prayer Before a Battle (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1940)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=45143 Prayer Before a Battle (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1940) 2022-06-20 16:38:03 "Prayer Before a Battle" appears at the start of <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=45129">Prayer Book of Jewish Members of H.M. Forces</a></em> (Office of the Chief Rabbi 1940), p. 5. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Joseph Herman Hertz Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://web.archive.org/web/20110211214553/http://ipmall.info/hosted_resources/CopyrightCompendium/chapter_0200.asp Military Personnel &amp; Veterans 20th century C.E. military 58th century A.M. British Jewry English vernacular prayer World War Ⅱ
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Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
Prayer Before a Battle.
אָבִֽינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַֽיִם.
עֲשֵׂה רְצוֹנְךָ בַּשָּׁמַֽיִם מִמַּֽעַל.
וְתֵן נַֽחַת רֽוּחַ לֽירֵאֶֽיךָ מִתָּֽחַת.
וְהַטּוֹב בְּעֵינֶֽיךָ עֲשֵׂה. (ברכות כט ב׳)
Our Heavenly Father.
Carry out your will in the heavens above,
and give peace of mind to those who fear you below,
and perform that which is good in your eyes. (Berakhot 29b.11)
Unto thee, Heavenly Father,
I lift up my heart in this hour of trial and danger.
Pardon all my sins and transgressions before thee;
and, I beseech thee,
extend thy loving care over the lives of those near and dear unto me.
Give me the strength to do my duty this day
as a true and loyal Israelite in this War for Freedom and Righteousness.
Fill me with the faith and courage
of those who put their trust in thine everlasting mercy;
and lead us through victory unto peace.
May thy will be done.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ שׁוֹמֵֽעַ תְּפִלָּה׃
Blessed art thou, O Lord, Who hearest prayer.
בְּיָדְךָ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי.
פָּדִֽיתָה אֹתִי יְיָ אֵל אֱמֶת׃
Into thy hand I commend my spirit;
thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְיָ אֶחָד׃
בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד׃
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Blessed be his name, whose glorious kingdom is for ever and ever.
אָמֵן׃
Amen.

“Prayer Before a Battle” appears at the start of Prayer Book of Jewish Members of H.M. Forces (Office of the Chief Rabbi 1940), p. 5. It was likely authored by either Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz or Rabbi Dayan Mark Gollop. If you know for certain, please leave a comment or contact us. –Aharon Varady

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