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Independence Day (July 4th)

This is an archive of prayers composed for or relevant to Independence Day in the United States, celebrated on July 4th.

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עַל הַנִּסִּים בִּימֵי הוֹדָיָה לְאֻמִּיִּים | Al haNissim prayer on Civic Days of Patriotic Gratitude, by Aharon Varady

Prayer for National Holiday, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

That America Fulfil the Promise of Its Founding, a prayer for Independence Day by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

אַמעריקע די פּרעכטיקע | America the Beautiful, a patriotic hymn by Katharine Lee Bates (1895) with Yiddish translation by Berl Lapin (1950)

דער נײער קאָלאסוס | Emma Lazarus’s paean to the Shekhinah, “Mother of Exiles” (The New Collosus, 1883), Yiddish translation by Rachel Kirsch Holtman (1938)

אמעריקע | America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee), a patriotic hymn by Samuel Francis Smith (1832) with Yiddish translation by Berl Lapin (1950)