A Heartfelt Prayer for our beloved homeland, Israel:
"E-loheinu V’E-lohei Avoteinu, Our God and God of our ancestors.
The Jewish people are one nation with one heart, and today that heart is broken.
With the grim news of so many of our sisters and brothers in Israel killed, wounded, and kidnapped, we turn to You, Harofeh Lishvurei Lev, the healer of broken hearts.
Be with our brothers and sisters who have been taken captive and with the families of the victims.
Watch over the hostages, break their bonds, and bring them out from darkness to light.
Comfort the families of all those murdered and bring them under the shelter of Your wings.
Bring complete healing, of body and spirit, to all of the wounded; bind up their wounds and grant them healing.
Tzur Yisrael, Rock and Redeemer of the people of Israel:
Bless the State of Israel during this time of war and tragedy.
Guide its leaders with Your light and Your truth.
Help them with Your good counsel.
Shield Israel with Your love and spread over them the shelter of Your peace.
Shomer Yisrael, Guardian of Israel:
Strengthen and bless the defenders of Israel who stand guard over our land — on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
Deliver them and crown their efforts with triumph.
May their enemies get their recompense.
May the Holy Blessed One, preserve and rescue our soldiers from every trouble and distress.
Send blessing and success to their every endeavor.
God, protect, preserve, and restore peace and wholeness.
עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן
Oseh Shalom Bimromav Hu Ya’aseh Shalom, Aleinu Ve’Al Kol Yisrael.
And let us say: Amen."
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