From Israel Hayom
National Service volunteers petition prominent rabbi to write a prayer for the Syrian people • Bnei Akiva director approves the idea and calls on national movement to include the prayer on Shabbat • Prayer asks for peace in Syria and for Israel.
Initially the Rabbi told the national service volunteers to say Psalms 37 and 120, while he took time to write an appropriate prayer.
Here is the translated prayer:
“Master of the universe, Who makes peace on high,
“Although we are not authorized to canonize new prayers, we can no longer look upon the atrocity done in Your world and not pray about it. Although we know that both sides in the war have savagely shed blood, we cannot remain silent while so many noncombatants have become casualties.
“We turn to You in prayer that You may awaken the simple humanity and quality of mercy in the murderers, and the recognition that we were all created in God’s image, and that even cruelty has limits. What is written in the Torah should be revealed in the world: ‘Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God He made man.’
“Send us the wisdom to know how to act at this difficult time, when the dark side of man’s evil inclination again appears, and we don’t know what we must do facing this bitter reality. Send us the ability to prevent bloodshed in the world, and especially in this great Holy Land, about which You wrote in your Torah: ‘Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.’
“May God who makes peace on high, make peace upon us and upon all Israel, and let us say amen.”
Syria has been in a state of war with Israel since her inception in 1948. Syria has started 3 wars of annihilation and supports the most vicious anti-Israel and anti-Jewish terror groups existing today, along with being one of the few states that still harbors Nazi war criminals. I wonder if the tables were turned would an Arab religious leader call for the safety and security of the civilians in Israel? But then again that is not really how the Jewish people view the world.
The great rabbi Hillel taught the Jewish people eons ago:
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
But if I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now, When?
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