The prayer for the safety of the state of Israel‚ Tefilah Leshlom Hamedinah is recited in synagogues around the world on Saturdays and the holidays.
A prayer for the welfare of the national government and its leaders has been part of the Jewish liturgy from ancient days. During the Babylonian exile from Jerusalem the prophet Jeremiah stated Jeremiah 29:7; Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be exiled‚ and pray for it to God‚ for in its peace you shall have peace.
Since the 14th century the practice of praying for the country of residence had become a custom and began showing up in the prayer books.
With the establishment of the State of Israel‚ a people who had spent most of history under the control of others once again began to control their own lives‚ politics‚ and religious activities. For the first time since antiquity‚ Jewish religious leaders had the opportunity to compose a prayer for the Jewish leaders of a Jewish state. Today a prayer for the State of Israel is recited in synagogues of most religious streams in Israel and the Diaspora hereunder is the oficial rabinical text. However in many congregation small adaptaition were made and specific blessing added.
Our Father in Heaven‚ Rock and Redeemer of Israel‚ bless the State of Israel‚ the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it with Your loving kindness envelop it in Your peace‚ and bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders‚ ministers‚ and advisors‚ and grace them with Your good counsel. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land‚ grant them deliverance‚ and adorn them in a mantle of victory. Ordain peace in the land and grant its inhabitants eternal happiness. Lead them‚ swiftly and upright‚ to Your city Zion and to Jerusalem‚ the abode of Your Name‚ as is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the world‚ from there the Lord your G-d will gather you‚ from there He will fetch you. And the Lord your G-d will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed‚ and you shall possess it; and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers.' Draw our hearts together to revere and venerate Your name and to observe all the precepts of Your Torah‚ and send us quickly the Messiah son of David‚ agent of Your vindication‚ to redeem those who await Your deliverance.
Manifest Yourself in the splendor of Your boldness before the eyes of all inhabitants of Your world‚ and may everyone endowed with a soul affirm that the Lord‚ G-d of Israel‚ is king and his dominion is absolute. Amen forevermore.
Some Israeli artist took upon them to illuminate this prayer for the State of Israel and the Israeli soldiers and we are proud to present them on our website.
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