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תחינה ליובל מלחמת ששת הימים | A prayer on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, by Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit Halachmi (2017)

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

“וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם, אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה, וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ, לְכָל-יֹשְׁבֶיהָ; יוֹבֵל הִוא”
“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you” [Leviticus 25:10]

בְּיוֹם הַחֲמִשִּׁים
הֶעֱנַקְתָּ תּוֹרָה,
בִּשְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים
חֵרוּת עֲבָדִים וְחֵרוּת אֲדָמָה
צִוִיתַנוּ אֵל.
תּוֹרַת־חַיִּים נַחֲלָתְךָ,
אֶרֶץ טוֹבָה וּרְחָבָה.
לֹא נַתוּר אַחַר לְבָבֵנוּ וְאַחַר עֵינֵינוּ,
לְךָ הָאָרֶץ, תֶּבֶל וְיוֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ.
לֹא דָּם מִלְחָמוֹת תִּירוֹשְךָ,
לֹא גֶּזֶל הַגּוֹי יִצְהַרֶךָ.
כִּי אִם עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד, לַחְמְךָ.
הָבֵא עָלֵינוּ אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ,
אֶת חָכְמַת עֹז הָרוּחַ,
אֶת בִּרְכַּת
חַיֵּי הַפְּשָׁרָה.
On the fiftieth day,
The gift of Torah.
In the fiftieth year,
A jubilee.
The release of slaves, the release of the earth
All must be set free.
The Tree of Life, Your legacy,
And a good and spacious land.
Our hearts and our eyes must not lead us astray,
Is Your command.
The land is Yours, the earth and all its inhabitants.
The bloodshed of war shall not be Your wine
Nor theft from another Your oil.
To do justly and to love mercy, that alone is Your bread.
Grant us, Adonai our God,
The strength to be courageous and wise
And the blessing
Of living with compromise.

“A prayer on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War” by Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit Halachmi was first read on 11 Sivan 5777 (June 5th 2017) and published on his Facebook page. English translation: Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Rabbi Andrea Coustan London and Daniel London.

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