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Prayer for Israel, Tishrei 5784 by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the UK & the Commonwealth, 12 October 2023)


Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָׁמַיִם,
צוּר יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגוֹאַלוֹ
Our Father in Heaven,
Rock and Redeemer of Israel.
בָּאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בִּתְּפִלָה וּבְתַחֲנוּנִים,
תְּמֵהִים וּשְׁבוּרֵי לֵב עַל הַמַּכּוֹת הָאַכְזָרִיּוֹת
אֲשֶׁר הֻכְּתָה אַרְצֵנוּ הַקְדֹשָּׁה וְעַמְךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל,
בַּיּוֹם אַשֶּׁר הָפְכָה חַגֵּנוּ לָאֵבֶל.
We come before You in prayer and supplication,
stunned and heartbroken by the merciless atrocities
carried out against our beloved State of Israel and its People,
turning the Festival of our Rejoicing into a day of our suffering.
אָנוּ מִתְאַבְּלִים עַל אָבְדָן מֵאוֹת אֲנָשִׁים נָשִׁים וְטַף
אַשֶּׁר נִרְצְחוּ בְזָדוֹן,
וּמִתְפַּלְּלִים עַל נַּפְשּׁוֹתָם.
We mourn the loss of many hundreds of women, men and children
brutally murdered in these attacks
and pray for their souls.
אָבִינוּ מַּלְכֵּנוּ,
שְׁלַח רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה
לְאַלְפֵי פְּצוּעֵי עַמֶּךָ.
[Our Father, our King]
We pray for the speedy recovery
of the thousands who are injured.
אָבִינוּ מַּלְכּנוּ,
רַחֵם עַל אַחֵינוּ הַשְּׁבוּיִים,
וְהוֹצִיאֵם מֵאֲפֵלָה וְצַלמָוֶת
מוֹסְרוֹתֵיהֶם תְּפַּתַּח
וּמִמְצוּקוֹתֵיהֶם הַצִילֵם,
וְהָשִׁיבֵם מְהֵרָה לְחֵיק מִשְׁפְּחוֹתֵיהֶם.
[Our Father, our King] may the blessed Holy One
have compassion on those who are being held hostage
and enable them to emerge from the darkness of the shadow of death
to their freedom;
may He break their bonds,
deliver them from distress,
and bring them swiftly home to their families’ embrace.
אָבִינוּ מַּלְכֵּנוּ,
הָגֵּן עַל מִשְׁפְּחוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵאֵימַת מָוֶת,
וְחַזֵק חַיְּלֵי צְבָא הַהֲגָנָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל,
אַשֶּׁר שָׂמִּים נַפְשָׁם בְכַפָּם בְּהַצְבִּיאָם לִקְרַאת אוֹיְבֵינוּ.
[Our Father, our King] Almighty God,
protect the families of Israel from the threat of terror
and give strength to the soldiers of the Israel Defence Forces,
whose lives are in danger as they confront our enemies.
אָבִינוּ מַּלְכֵּנוּ,
אַשֶׁר בְּיָדְךָ לֵב מְלָכִים וְשָׂרִים,
תַּקֵן בְּעֵצָה טוֹבָה מִלְּפָנֶיךָ אֶת שָׂרֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
לְנַצֵּחַ בְּמִלְחַמְתָּם,
כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּהְיוּ תּוֹשֲבֶיהָ שַׁאֲנַנִּים
מֵאֵין מַחְרִיד.
[Our Father, our King]
Put into the hearts and minds of Israel’s political and military leaders
the wisdom to make the right decisions
to bring this conflict to a swift and successful conclusion,
so that innocent civilians can resume their lives
without the fear and threat of attack.
אַבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ,
פְּרוֹשׂ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ עַל יוֹשְׁבֵי אַרְצֶךָ,
כַּכָּתוּב: וְנָתַתִּי שָׁלוֹם בָּאָרֶץ
וּשְׁכַבְתֶּם וְאֵין מַחֲרִיד
וְהִשְׁבַּתִּי חַיָּה רָעָה מִן הָאָרֶץ
וְחֶרֶב לֹא תַעֲבֹר בְּאַרְצְכֶם.
[Our Father, our King]
Spread over the inhabitants of Your land the tabernacle of Your peace,
as it is written: “I will grant peace in the Land;
you will lie down and none shall make you afraid.
[I will give the land respite from vicious creatures,]
And the sword will not pass through your land.” (Leviticus 26:6)
בָּרְכֵנוּ אָבִינוּ בְּבִטָּחוֹן וְשַׁלְוָה,
וְשִׂים שָׁלוֹם אֲמִתִּי וְקַיָּם עַל מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל
וְעַל כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי תֵבֵל אַרְצֶךָ.
May You, Almighty God, bless us all with security and tranquility
and grant a true, just and lasting peace in our Holy Land
and across the entire world.
עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו
הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ
וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל
וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.
“May He who makes peace in high places,
bring peace for us
and for all the people of Israel.”[1] From the liturgical prayer based on Job 25:2. 
[and we will say Amen.]

A prayer for Israel offered by the Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, Efraim Mirvis on 12 October 2023, in the aftermath of the massacres perpetrated by HAMA”S and their allies in Gaza on the residents and citizens of the State of Israel on Shemini Atseret 5784. The prayer was originally published on the website of the Office of the Chief Rabbi and disseminated via its social media accounts. I have added a few missing words in brackets, parsed the text by phrase side-by-side with its translation, added citations to all quotes, and presented the vocalized text in Unicode Hebrew. –Aharon Varady


Prayer for Israel – Tishrei 5784 (Office of the Chief Rabbi, October 2023)



1From the liturgical prayer based on Job 25:2.



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