Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

For Wisdom During Israel’s Elections

israel_flag1-300x170Next week, Israel will elect a new government and I will vote for the first time as an Israeli. As a dual citizen of Israel and the U.S., it’s my second national election in two months.

I wrote this prior to the U.S. elections, posting it in a general format, adaptable for use by any democratic nation. In context of Israel, a general prayer is less versatile than I anticipated. It refers to “all who reside within our borders” and “liberty and equality,” high-minded concepts that take on a much different meaning in context of the social and geo-political challenges here. I’ve chosen to leave these concepts in the prayer recognizing that some will consider them political statements, rather than hopes and dreams worthy of our prayers. So be it.

In this version I’ve added some classic imagery about Israel from Jewish liturgy and sacred texts. Recognizing the importance of Israel to Jews throughout the world, I’ve also created a second version for non-voters. Here’s a link to the general version of this prayer.

For Wisdom During Israel’s Elections (For Voters)
G-d of Justice,
Protector and Redeemer,
Grant guidance to our nation
As we select leaders
To serve and to govern,
The men and women who promise
To bring prosperity to our land,
The men and women who promise
To protect our homes and secure our borders.

Grant us wisdom and courage
So that we entrust our government to visionaries and statesmen,
So that we elect those who will serve our citizens –
And all who reside within our borders –
With honor and integrity,
To forge a flourishing and peaceful future,
A land flowing with milk and honey.

Bless our Prime Minister and Knesset
With vision and strength,
Fortitude and insight.
May they lead us to a time
When liberty and equality
Reign supreme throughout the land,
So that a new light will shine forth from Zion.

G-d of Truth,
Source and Shelter,
Grant safety and security to all nations,
So that truth and harmony will resound
From the four corners of the earth.
Let the light of Israeli democracy grow,
Let it shine brightly,
A beacon of hope
For every land and every people.

For Wisdom During Israel’s Elections (For Non-voters)
G-d of Justice,
Protector and Redeemer,
Grant guidance to the citizens of Israel
As they select leaders
To serve and to govern,
The men and women who promise
To bring prosperity to the land,
The men and women who promise
To protect homes and secure the borders.

Grant wisdom and courage to voters
To entrust the government to visionaries and statesmen,
To elect those who will serve Israeli citizens –
And all who reside within its borders –
With honor and integrity,
To forge a flourishing and peaceful future,
A land flowing with milk and honey.

Bless the Prime Minister and Knesset
With vision and strength,
Fortitude and insight.
May they lead Israel to a time
When liberty and equality
Reign supreme throughout the land,
So that a new light will shine forth from Zion.

G-d of Truth,
Source and Shelter,
Grant safety and security to all nations,
So that truth and harmony will resound
From the four corners of the earth.
Let the light of Israeli democracy grow,
Let it shine brightly,
A beacon of hope
For every land and every people.

© 2013 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Reflecting my two citizenships, click for prayers for Israel, as well as Veterans Day prayers, Thanksgiving Day prayers and “A Liturgy for 9-11.” Here’s a link to the general version of this prayer.

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