Selected Readings for Independence Day


 Selected Readings for Independence Day Selected Readings for Independence Day


 Selected Readings for Independence Day


Prayer for the Well-Being of the Israel Defense Forces

May He who blessed our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless the soldiers of the Israel Defence Forces, who stand watch over our land and the cities of our Lord, from the Lebanese border to the desert of Egypt and from the great sea to the verge of the wilderness, on land, in the air, and at sea. May God strike down before them our enemies who rise against us. May the Holy One save and spare our soldiers from all forms of woe and distress, of affliction and illness, and may He invest their every action with blessing and success. May he vanquish by their means those who hate us, and may He adorn them with a crown of deliverance and a mantle of victory. Thus may the verse be fulfilled: “For it is the Lord your God who marches with you to do battle for you against your enemy, to bring you victory. Now let us respond “Amen.

Hebrew text

Prayer for State of Israel

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.

Hebrew text


 Selected Readings for Independence Day


Love of the Land
by Yehuda Amichai

Translated by Linda Zisquit

And the land is divided
into districts of memory and regions of hope,
and the residents mingle with each other,
like people returning from a wedding
with those returning from a funeral.

And the land isnt divided into war zones and peace zones.
And whoever digs a trench against cannon shells,
will return and lie in it with his girl,
if he lives till peace comes.

And the land is pretty.
Even surrounding enemies decorate it
with weapons shining in the sun
like beads on a neck.

And the lands a package-land:
and its well-tied and everything is in it,
and its tightly bound
and the strings sometimes hurt.

The land is very small
and I can contain it inside me.
The erosion of the land also erodes my rest
and the level of the Kinneret is always on my mind.
Therefore I am able to feel it entirely
by shutting an eye: sea-valley-mountain.
And therefore I am able to remember
all thats happened in it
at once, like a person remembering
his entire life at the moment of death.

Reprinted with permission from Ariel


 Selected Readings for Independence Day


Arie Comey

Translated by Yvonne Vador

Glory paved her path
History guarded her way;
though reluctant to show itself, Fate
shaped her contours from obscurity.
Providence was already manifest,
preparing for the event.
Israel is primed for the festivities
a happiness beyond compare
now everyone is preparing
to give her the honor she deserves.
For behold:
two thousand years are as nought
and the past fifty,
an eternity.
Your fields bloom
and hills covered with forests
bear tidings of a Spring to come.
Your essence, Israel,
is the dust of crematoria
and your sons blood,
spilt in righteous defense;
these are the laurels
that adorn your head.
Israel, today is the occasion
of your first
a sign and a wonder for all the future.
is your day, Israel
and we celebrate
with honor and praise!