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This is an archive of prayers composed in response to, or in anxious anticipation of, war.

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

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

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

A Prayer for Ukraine, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (2022)

Prayer for Ukraine, by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Kimelman (2022)

Молитва про захист наших сердець від ненависті | תפילה לשמירה על ליבנו משנאה (בזמן המלחמה) | Prayer to Protect Our Hearts from Hatred in Wartime, by Miriam Klimova (2022)

A Prayer for Peace in Ukraine and Beyond, by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi (2022)

תפילה לאוקראינה | Молитва за Україну | Prayer for Ukraine, by Miriam Klimova (2022)

A Prayer for Ukraine, by Chaya Kaplan Lester (2022)

Prayer for the People of Ukraine, by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the UK & the Commonwealth, 2022)

תפילה לשלום העם האוקראינה | Prayer for the Welfare of Ukraine and the Ukrainian People (Masorti Movement in Israel 2022)

Prayer at the National Commemoration of the 34th Anniversary of the Beirut Barracks Bombing, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff 23 October 2017

תפילה לשלום אזרחי סוריה וחלבּ (ארם-צובה, אר”ץ)‏ | Prayer for the Well-being of the Citizens of Syria and Residents of Aleppo (Masorti Movement in Israel)

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

בַּשָּׁנָה הַבָּאָה | baShanah haBa’ah (Next Year), an elegy by Ehud Manor for his brother killed during the War of Attrition (1968)

A Prayer for Compassion During Violent Conflict, by Trisha Arlin (2014)

Yet Again: A Prayer for Israel and Gaza, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2014)

תפילה לשלום העם הסורי | Prayer for the Peace of the Syrian People, by Rabbi Yuval Cherlow (2013)

Prayer for Peace in a Time of War, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2003)

Prayer at the Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 13 November 1982

War Can Be Abolished, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Memorial Prayer for Those Lost Through Human Strife, by Rabbi Chaplain (Lieutenant) Alexander David Goode (ca. 1943)

הַנּוֹתֵן תְּשׁוּעָה | A Prayer for the Welfare of the Government of Franklin D. Roosevelt during WWII (from A Naye Shas Tkhine Rav Pninim, ca. 1942)

May Wars Cease, a hymn by Rabbi Max Klein (1926)

Országos bánat, közös baj idején | Prayer in a time of national crisis, by Rabbi Arnold Kiss (1897)

תפילה לשלום באירופה | Prayer for Peace in Europe during the Italian War of Independence (ca. 19th c.)

תפילה לילדי עזה | A Prayer for Gaza’s Children, by Bradley Burston (2008)

ליקוטי תפילות ב:נג | Prayer of Peace from War, for Rainfall, and for Excellence in Torah Study (Liqutei Tefilot Ⅱ:53), by Reb Noson of Nemyriv adapted from the teachings of Rebbe Naḥman (ca. 1820s)

A Jewish Prayer for Peace between England and her Colonies on a public day of fasting and prayer, 17 May 1776