Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Yizkor for a Soldier

This is a yizkor prayer for soldiers. Thanks to the men and women who died protecting the lands I love: the U.S. Military and the Israel Defense Forces. It’s another in a series of focused yizkor prayer including: “In Memory of an Organ Donor” and “At the Hand of Violence.” Thank you to the men and women who died protecting the lands I love: the U.S. Military and the Israel Defense Forces. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below (website only). The text follows. I recite it here in memory of Tom Christiansen z”l who gave his life in Vietnam. This will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

Yizkor for a Soldier
G-d of the selfless,
G-d of the strong and the brave,
Grant a perfect rest among the souls of the righteous
To ______________________ (name in Hebrew or your native tongue),
My [father / mother / sister / brother / child / wife / dear one/ friend]
Who died in service to our country during the
_________________________________________________ [name of war or conflict].
May his / her dedication serve as a shining lamp of courage and love.
Bless the souls of all who have died in the name of liberty and democracy,
Soldiers and veterans,
Civilians and professionals,
Men and women who answered the call of honor and duty.
May his / her memory be sanctified with joy and love.
May his / her soul be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: This prayer was first posted for the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. See also “In Times of War” and three Veteran’s Day Prayers. Here’s a link to more yizkor and memorial prayers.

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