Praying for Barak: An Amazing True Story

A prayer for an Israeli soldier astonishingly brings two people together. You have to see it to believe it.

Comments (24)

(21) Sam Omekara, December 21, 2017 3:53 PM

Waiting expectantly for my breakthrough

Awesome. I was almost losing faith. This story reminded me that HaShem is giving me the breakthrough I have been praying for. I can only say thank you dear Abba for the breakthrough on my way.

(20) Donna Golder, September 24, 2017 10:37 PM

He is waiting to hear...

With all my soul and all my heart, I believe this. We only have to pay attention and to be humbly faithful.

(19) elf, February 13, 2016 6:04 AM

Thanks for inspiring another human being.

It takes a good man like you to make the world a better place. We all need each other whether or not we know it God is in us all and we need to help him come out .

(18) Kira, February 11, 2016 12:23 AM


An amazing story but excellent commentary by the rabbi as well, to put it in context and make it meaningful for each of us.

(17) Anonymous, September 10, 2015 10:07 AM

Nechemia ben Elazar

I was in the process of aliyah during the Protective Edge. I could not be happier living in Israel. I prayed for a soldier during Tzuk Eitan as well. Nechemia ben Elazar. Nechemia, if you ever see this message, and you want, please get in touch with me.

(16) Hazra A Mohammed, September 9, 2015 7:48 PM

Very happy to be able to sent out my pray request to the western Wall

Very Pls to be able to get in contact with

(15) Elizabeth, September 9, 2015 7:04 PM

Thank you for sharing!

This story is so encouraging...and today I needed to hear it!!

(14) Anonymous, September 9, 2015 4:34 PM

very nice video

amazing story thank you.

(13) Julio D'Gabriel, September 9, 2015 3:40 PM

HIS design is eternal and mysterious.

Every time I hear or read stories as this I am reminded that HIS habd is in everything.

(12) Maureen, September 8, 2015 9:59 PM

We are the apple of His eye

Oh yes Hashem watches over us, we are the apple of His eye, we are protected from all sides. And H

(11) jude, September 8, 2015 6:14 PM


only one word sums it up. humbled or 2 in awe!!!!!!!

(10) Vanessa, September 8, 2015 12:31 AM

Our Creator

He stands watch over us protecting and caring for us.
Why would we not want Him openly dwelling with us?
Who else would do these heartfelt actions for their beloved?

(9) Terry Neuman, September 8, 2015 12:18 AM


And inspirational. I'm convinced that there are no coincidences. Hashem is with us all the time.

(8) Anonymous, September 7, 2015 5:43 PM

Phenomenal video

One of the most beautiful and touching videos I have ever seen. Perfect presentation prior to Rosh Hashanah and both Rabbi Yoel Gold and his aunt's delivery are awe-inspiring.

A very heartfelt "todah rabah" !

(7) Jonathan Levy, September 7, 2015 5:16 PM


It's amazing what a 4 minute video can contain. Such an inspiring message Rabbi - and thank you for it!
I live in South Africa but my eldest son lives in Israel. I pray daily for the safety of those brave young men in the IDF - may G-d protect each and every one of them as they protect the Jews of the world. Without Israel we Jews in the diaspora would not exist and without the IDF nor would Israel. G-d bless Israel.

(6) Maryb, September 7, 2015 4:38 PM

Where do we get a name of the IDF to pray for?

Anonymous, September 7, 2015 10:01 PM

Shlomo ben Chana

To the best of my knowledge, this program usually is active only during wartime i.e. when soldiers are out on the front lines and those of us on the Home Front pray for them.
So I don't know if you can get a name right now, but I can give you the name of a 20-year-old soldier, Shlomo, to pray for who was injured in Operative Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. A sharpshooter sniper in Gaza was aiming for the bottom of his bulletproof vest's armhole to reach his heart (that's the Achilles heal of the vests). Miraculously, the sniper missed by a sliver, hitting just below and shattering Shlomo's arm and elbow. Shlomo has since undergone many surgeries and still has a way to go. Please pray for healing on all levels - emotional as well as physical. His name for prayer purposes is Shlomo ben Chana (i.e. Shlomo, the son of Hannah). That's the traditional Jewish way to pray for an ill person - to include the mother's name to arouse G-d's mercy.

Anonymous, September 8, 2015 12:08 AM

Very touching

I also want a name to pray for-Where do I find this?

(5) Herbert Portney, September 7, 2015 3:54 PM

G-d knows you

Thank you for posting the video about "Barak". What the Rabbi says in is open throughts have touch me in so many different ways.
Again I thank you.

(4) Debbie, September 7, 2015 2:38 PM

This was the most inspiring video I've seen in a long time. We run a support group for parents of lone soldiers serving in the IDF. I immediately sent the link to the group. Thank you for your work, and may we merit to see a time of everlasting peace. Shana Tova!

(3) Charles L. Richman, September 7, 2015 2:29 PM

May HASHEM protect the men and women of Israel.

May G-D bless the valiant IDF, IAF, & INF men and women who daily risk all to protect the lives and welfare of the citizens of Eretz Yisrael.
May G-D be their shield and their shelter and may shalom be become everlasting. Fill the hearts of all Eretz Yisrael with faith and courage to thwart their too numerous enemies. May we never forget those Israelis who lost their lives to defend Eretz Yisrael and may their souls rest in everlasting peace. For those who have been wounded we give thanks for their return and prayers for their complete healing and we give our undying gratitude for those who comfort others. Dear G-D, return Israel’s gallant men and women in uniform speedily to their loved ones, alive and unharmed; as it is written.
May there be true peace in Eretz Yisrael fulfilling the prophecy: “Nation shall not lift up sword against another nation, nor shall they learn war anymore”.
Charles L. Richman
Former US Army Paratrooper Officer

David Maya, September 7, 2015 4:56 PM

Amen,.....Shana Tova u Metuka....!

(2) New Zealand, September 6, 2015 9:41 PM

AWESOME!!! Todah rabah!

AWESOME!!! Todah rabah for posting this! I have watched this awesome video 5 times already and every time it brings tears to my eyes - it is SO BEAUTIFUL! Like my husband says - a shiur of 2 hours can not tell what this video has told so powerfully in less than 5 minutes - the love of Hashem, that He hears our prayers, that He cares and that He watches over us! A BIG todah rabah! Shalom aleichem!

(1) Malka/ Marilyn, September 6, 2015 4:22 PM

Great video ? what's the phone number

May you be inscribed in the book of life and health,
Shanna Tova
Malka bat Henry and Tova


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