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📁 War

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

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תפילה לשלום | صلاه لاجل السلام | A prayer for Peace (רוח גלילית Spirit of Galilee, 29 April 2024)

מוריד הטל | Morid Hatal — to the One who settles the dew, post-October 7 — by Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg (neohasid.org 2024)

An Urgent Prayer for the Protection of Human Life, by Rabbi Andy Vogel and Rabbi Seth Goldstein

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)

תפילה לזמן מלחמה | Prayer for Israel in Time of War, by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Kimelman

תפילה מונגשת לזמן מלחמה | A Prayer for Israel in Wartime, in simplified Hebrew (Masorti Movement in Israel 2023)

בָּתֵּי תּוֹסֶפֶת לְ”אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ“ לְמִלְחֶמֶת ”חַרְבוֹת בַּרְזֶל“‏ | Additional Stanzas of ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ for the Ḥarvot Barzel War, by Yael Levine

תפלת מי שברך לעת מלחמה מרחשוון תשפ״ד | Mi sheBerakh prayer for Israel at a time of War (Marḥeshvan 5784), by the Masorti Movement in Israel (2023)

Prayer [after the massacres on Shemini Atseret 5784], by Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed

דָּם זְכַרְיָה מְבַכֶּה | The blood of Zekhariah cries out, a qinah by Aryeh Baruch

Prayer for Israel at Temple Micah’s Lunch & Learn, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff (11 October 2023)

הושע נא | Hosha-na [after the war begun on Shemini Atseret 5784], by Rabbi Annie Lewis (10 October 2023)

A Prayer from a Traumatized Jewish Heart, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (10 October 2023)

Prayer [in the call for war against HAMA”S] by Rabbi David Wolpe (8 October 2023)

תְּפִלָּה לִשְׁלוֹם הַמְּדִינָה | Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel [during the war begun on Shemini Atseret 5784], by Rabbi Mira Regev (HaTenuah HaReformit 2023)

תפילה נוכח הרעה מדרום | Mi sheBerakh in the face of the Missiles Falling On Israel (Masorti Movement in Israel 2023)

A Prayer for Ukraine, by the Sinai Temple Clergy (24 February 2022)

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

A Prayer for Ukraine, by Chaya Kaplan Lester (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)

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)

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

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

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

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

תפילה מאת הרב עדין שטײנזלץ | A Prayer [in Response to Terror] by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Prayer] for Peace Among the Nations, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Prayer for the Success of the Four-Power Conference at Geneva, by Rabbi Israel Brodie (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the UK & the Commonwealth, 16 July 1955)

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)

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

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Solomon H. Metz on 5 June 1944

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)

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

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

Prayer of Intercession [for Britain in the War against Nazi Germany], by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1940)