A Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut



by Rabbi Joel Simonds

Adonai our God, guard and protect the State of Israel. On this Day of Independence, we thank You, Adonai our God, for providing us a Land and a State where we can fully serve You and all of humanity. Strengthen our hands and voices so that we may continue the creation of the State of Israel and build her up to be a beacon of hope and justice, of good and peace. May the words of our Prophets find voice in all who ascend to her highest peaks and all who walk in her sacred valleys. May the history of our sacred Land inspire the State and all who serve her to become a light unto the nations. Adonai our God, give us the strength and courage to make Israel the spiritual center from which our redemption will proceed.

Rabbi Joel Simonds is a rabbi at University Synagogue in Los Angeles, CA. Rabbi Simonds is a member of the ARZA national board, a member of the Commission on Social Action and a member of the CCAR Justice, Peace and Civil Liberties Committee, and founding member of the Israel Policy Forum’s Rabbinic Network.

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