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חיים היימס-עזרא

חיים היימס-עזרא (Dr. Chaim Hames-Ezra) is the Chair of the History Department, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and the author of I (do not) Believe: Israel and Judaism – Past, Present, Future (in Hebrew, Ktav 2011).


שבחי המשפחה לבת המצווה | A Prayer in Honor of a Bat mitsvah from her Family, by Dr. Chaim Hames-Ezra

Contributed on: 30 Apr 2015 by חיים היימס-עזרא | Refoyl Finkl (translation) |

A prayer for a ritual of blessing of a bat mitsvah by her family. . . .

תפילה (ישראלית) לפני הכניסה לקלפי (למאמין וללא מאמין)‏ | Prayer before entering the voting booth in Israel (for believers and non-believers)

Contributed on: 18 Mar 2013 by חיים היימס-עזרא | Jonah Rank |

May it be the will [before the Lord our God and the God of our ancestors] that this ticket which I am placing in my ballot will join thousands of other tickets that will promise reasoned leadership that will strengthen democratic values, aspire towards peace with our neighbors, separate religion and state, be concerned with the weak and protect the laborers, fight corruption and exercise leadership through personal role modeling. May it be the will [before the Lord our God and the God of our ancestors] that the nation sitting in Zion will merit years of freedom, quiet, productivity, education and good health and that our children may never fear at all. . . .

תפילת בת המצווה | Prayer of the Bat mitsvah after she finishes reading from the Torah, by Chaim Hames-Ezra

Contributed on: 21 Apr 2015 by חיים היימס-עזרא |

A statement by the Bat Mitsvah after her first aliyah. . . .

תפילה בכניסה לכנסת | Prayer for Entering the Knesset, by Dr. Chaim Hames-Ezra (2013)

Contributed on: 18 Mar 2013 by Elli Fischer | חיים היימס-עזרא |

May it be Your will, Lord our God, God of our fathers and mothers, that I leave this house as I entered it – at peace with myself and with others. May my actions benefit all residents of the State of Israel. May I work to improve the society that sent me to this chamber and cause a just peace to dwell among us and with our neighbors. May I always remember that I am a messenger of the public and that I must take care to keep my integrity and innocence intact. May I, and we, succeed in all our endeavors. . . .

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