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Military Personnel & Veterans

This is an archive of prayers composed for the well-being and safety of active and veteran military personnel.

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תפילה לחיילי צהל ולשבויים חרבות ברזל | Prayers for the welfare of the IDF soldiers and the captives of the Ḥarvot Barzel War, by Ze’ev Kainan (16 October 2023)

Benediction at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Carl M. Levin, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (24 June 2023)

Invocation at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Carl M. Levin, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (24 June 2023)

Benediction at the Dinner Celebrating the Commissioning of the USS Carl M. Levin, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (23 June 2023)

Invocation at the Dinner Celebrating the Commissioning of the USS Carl M. Levin, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (23 June 2023)

לזכרם של ההרוגים במלחמה באדמות אוקראינה | Молитва в пам’ять про загиблих у війні на землях України | Yizkor for those killed in the war in Ukraine, by Miriam Klimova (2022)

Kavvanah before eating or drinking on Yom Kippur for military personnel on active service (IDF 2017)

תְּפִלָּה לְחֵיְילוֹת אַרְצוֹת הַבְּרִית | Prayer for the Safety of the United States Armed Forces (2014)

ברכה לשלום החיילים | Prayer for the Well-being of IDF Soldiers, by Yaacov Maoz (2014)

תפילת לשלום החיילים | Prayer on Behalf of the Jewish Soldier Going into Battle by Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo (2014)

מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ | Mi sheBerakh for United States Military War Veterans, by Hinda Tzivia Eisen

מי שברך לחיילי צה״ל | Mi sheBerakh for the Welfare of Israel Defense Forces Soldiers, by Rabbi Shlomo Goren (1956); amended by Dr. Alex Sinclair (2012)

Prayer at the Presidential Signing Ceremony for the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 22 December 2010

Veterans Day Prayer for Jewish War Veterans, by Rabbi Simeon Kobrinetz, Chaplain, USAF (Ret.)

תפילה לשלום צוות אח״י אילת | Prayer for the Welfare of the Navy Personnel of the “INS Eilat,” by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau (1993)

תְּפִלַּת הַדֶּרֶךְ לְצֶוֶת הַצּוֹלְלוֹת | Traveler’s Prayer for a Submarine Crew, by Rabbi Shlomo Goren (IDF, 1963)

תְּפִלָּה לִפְנֵי יְצִיאָה לַקְרָב | Prayer Before Setting Off to Battle, by Rabbi Shlomo Goren (IDF, 1963)

תְּפִלַּת הַדֶּרֶךְ לְטַיָּס | Traveler’s Prayer of a Fighter Pilot, by Rabbi Shlomo Goren (IDF, 1963)

תְּפִלַּת הַדֶּרֶךְ לְצַנְחָן | Traveler’s Prayer of a Paratrooper, by Rabbi Shlomo Goren (IDF, 1963)

Prayer of Parents for a Son or Daughter in the Armed Forces, by Rabbi Max Klein (1951)

Prayer for Armed Forces in Combat, by Rabbi Dr. David de Sola Pool (1951)

Prayer for Armed Forces in Combat, by Rabbi Dr. Edgar Magnin (1951)

Prayer for Armed Forces in Combat, by Rabbi Dr. Philip S. Bernstein (1951)

Special Prayer for Our Soldiers and Sailors, edited by Rabbi Aaron Dym (1943)

Prayer [for Military Personnel] in Temptation (National Jewish Welfare Board 1941)

Prayer [of Military Personnel] for Home (National Jewish Welfare Board 1941)

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

Prayer for Military Personnel on Active Service (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1940)

Prayer of the Confederate States Soldiers, by Rabbi Max Michelbacher (ca. 1861)

Gebet einer Mutter, deren Sohn In Militärdiensten stehet | Prayer of a mother whose son is in military service, a teḥinah by Fanny Neuda (1855)

Gebet einer Mutter deren Sohn in Militär⸗Diensten steht | Prayer of a mother whose son is in military service, a teḥinah by Max Emanuel Stern (1841)

Prayer for the Jewish Militiamen of Suriname, by David Hizkiahu Baruch Louzada (ca. 1806)