Historic blessing for Israel at meeting of IDF Top Brass

by Avi Abelow

Jews across the world say a special blessing for Israel. But it has never been said before at the end of an IDF Chief of Staff meeting!

Israel’s Defense Minister

For the first time ever, Israel has a religious Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett. At the end of an IDF Chief of Staff meeting, Bennett recited the special blessing for Israel. That was a historic moment because it has never been done before!

It is important to realize that Israel is defended by God through messengers. Of course, we must be thankful to the brave Israeli men and women who put their lives on the line to defend the Jewish state. But we must realize that we have to ask God for help and protection. Nothing happens without God’s help. And Naftali Bennett knows that.

The Blessing for Israel

The prayer for the state of Israel is recited by Jews throughout the world.

The translation (courtesy of Jewishvirtuallibrary.org):

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 lovingkindness, 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 God will gather you, from there He will fetch you. And the Lord your God 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, God of Israel, is king and his dominion is absolute. Amen forevermore.

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