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Pray for Israel

Pray for Israel

In response to the alarming situation in Israel, let us intensify our determination to merit the Almighty's help for our brethren in the Holy Land.

by Staff

Leading rabbis have suggested that we recite the following prayers daily. In the merit of our prayers and our deeds, may we soon see the obliteration of evil in our world and the arrival of the true redeemer, quickly, in our days.

Psalms - Chapter 130

1. A song of ascents. From the depths I have called You, O Lord.
2. O Lord, hearken to my voice; may Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3. O God, if You keep [a record of] iniquities, O Lord, who will stand?
4. For forgiveness is with You, in order that You be feared.
5. I hoped, O Lord; yea, my soul hoped, and I wait for His word.
6. My soul is to the Lord among those who await the morning, those who await the morning.
7. Israel, hope to the Lord, for kindness is with the Lord and much redemption is with Him.
8. And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

Psalms - Chapter 83

1. A psalm, a song of Asaph.
2. O God, have no silence, do not be silent and do not be still, O God.
3. For behold, Your enemies stir, and those who hate You raise their heads.
4. Against Your people they plot cunningly, and they take counsel against Your protected ones.
5. They said, "Come, let us destroy them from [being] a nation, and the name of Israel will no longer be remembered."
6. For they have taken counsel with one accord; against You they form a pact.
7. The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites.
8. Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.
9. Also Assyria joined them; they were the arm of the children of Lot forever.
10. Do to them as [to] Midian; as [to] Sisera, as [to] Jabin in the brook Kishon.
11. They were destroyed in En-Dor; they were [as] dung on the ground.
12. Make them, their nobles, as Oreb and as Zeeb, and as Zebah and as Zalmuna all their princes,
13. Who said, "Let us inherit for ourselves the dwellings of God."
14. My God, make them like thistles, like stubble before the wind.
15. As a fire that burns in a forest and as a flame that burns mountains.
16. So will You pursue them with Your tempest, and with Your whirlwind You will terrify them.
17. Fill their faces with shame, and they will seek Your countenance, O Lord.
18. Let them be ashamed and terrified forever; let them be disgraced and perish.
19. Let them know that You -- Your name alone is the Lord, Most High over all the earth.

Psalms - Chapter 142

1. A maskil of David, when he was in the cave, a prayer.
2. [With] my voice, I cry out to the Lord; [with] my voice, I supplicate the Lord.
3. I pour out before Him my speech; my distress I recite before Him.
4. When my spirit enwraps itself upon me, and You know my path. In whichever way I go, they have hidden a snare for me.
5. Looking to the right, I see that no one recognizes me; escape is lost from me; no one seeks my soul.
6. I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, "You are my refuge, my lot in the land of the living."
7. Hearken to my cry for I have become very low; save me from my pursuers for they have overpowered me.
8. Take my soul out of confinement to give thanks to Your name; because of me the righteous will crown You, because You will recompense me.

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under our soldiers' sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

Now let us respond: Amen. (Text courtesy of OU)

Our brothers, the entire family of Israel, who are delivered into distress and captivity, whether they are on sea or dry land -- may the Omnipresent One have mercy on them and remove them from distress to relief, from darkness to light, from subjugation to redemption, now, speedily, and soon -- and let us say: Amen.

The names of the three Israeli soldiers being held captive are:
Ehud Ben Malka (in Lebanon)
Eldad Ben Tova (in Lebanon)
Gilad Ben Aviva (in Gaza)

July 15, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 15

(15) Irving Smith, October 30, 2012 9:32 PM

I pray for Israel to always be Protected against it's enemies

Dear Lord I ask you to please defend and keep Israel free and protected from it's enemies. And to please wake up america to know and understand that to help, and serve Israel is the right thing to do. Please Lord keep us all free and to protect us all from evil, thank you Heavenly Father Amen.

(14) joyce, July 27, 2006 12:00 AM

Honourable RabbiThank you for the very wonderful website. I have been a regular visitor at and like the articles therein. The articles on Pray for Israel and Seven Ways You Can Help Israel are very good. With the war going on, all the Jews should also be praying for the Messiah to arrive. Please do include some articles or prayers about the same. So also we should also be reciting the following:Ose Shalom Bimroomav, Hoo Ya-Ase Shalom Alenu, Ve Al Kol ISRAEL Ve imru – AMEN.Sim Shalom Tova Ooberakha Hen Va Khesed Ve Rahamim Alenu Ve Al Kol ISRAEL AMEKHA. Yevarekha Ha-Shem Mi - Zion Oorevetul Yerushalaim - Yevarekha Ha-Shem Mi - Zion Kol Yeme Yeme Hayekha … Oore Banim Levanekha Shalom Al ISRAEL. Would be obliged if you could please give some more articles on what is appropriate to be recited at this hour.By the Will of the Almighty May the Messiah Come in our times. Toda Rab!!!Yours respectfullyJoyce bat Yehuda Abraham

(13) Tony Mannon, July 23, 2006 12:00 AM

Rabbis call for worldwide prayer rally

Found this over at"The Chief Rabbinate's governing council announced a worldwide prayer rally on Tuesday, the eve of the new Jewish month of Menahem-Av." "At 6:00 p.m. Israel time, three verses of Psalms that the Rabbinate has recommended be said every day - verses 83, 130 and 142 - will be recited simultaneously by Jewish communities all over the world." Full story over at

(12) RON, July 21, 2006 12:00 AM



(11) Anonymous, July 20, 2006 12:00 AM

Israel/Lebanon Border

I have asked my Gov.Canada continue its wholehearted support of Israel, and not waiver to 'blinded' opposition's view. My prayer: Joshua 1:9, for all of Israel. Anne

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