|Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile|
|22 Kislev 5760 (December 1, 1999) |
The most effective thing
Often, we are asked, what is the most effective thing a Josephite can do to stand with Israel and the Jewish people through their present trials? I would like to quote from a communication we recently received from the Aish Rabbi at Yeshivat Aish HaTorah (the Yeshiva at One Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem):
"... the only thing that can really help us will be to call out in prayer, the observance of mitzvahs, and the love of Torah."
With the goal of helping to promote solidarity between the "Joeish" and the Jewish peoples, we offer the following prayer (bottom of this page) for the welfare of the State of Israel by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
For those who wish to stand more fervently with Israel and our Jewish brethren, we recommend the minchah (afternoon) prayers repeated in full at this website and accessed at the indicated link in this sentence. As we echo these prayers between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in our Western time zones, most of Israel sleeps. The sons and daughters of Joseph-Ephraim therefore are assigned the night watch over Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael. Let us be faithful watchmen.
Shalom Shalom & Hashem's blessings to you as your voices join the chorus of those petitioning the Almighty around the clock.
Maggid ben Yoseif
Prayer for the Welfare
of the State of Israel
By the Chief Rabbinate of Israel
Our Father who art in heaven, Protector and Redeemer of Israel, bless thou the State of Israel which marks the dawn of our deliverance. Shield it beneath the wings of thy love; spread over it thy canopy of peace; send thy light and thy truth to its leaders, officers and counselors, and direct them with thy good counsel.
O G-d, strengthen the defenders of our Holy Land; grant them salvation and crown them with victory. Establish peace in the land, and everlasting joy for its inhabitants.
Remember our brethren, the whole house of Israel, in all the lands of their dispersion. Speedily let them walk upright to Zion thy city, to Jerusalem thy dwelling-place, as it is written in the Torah of thy servant Moses: Even if you are dispersed in the uttermost parts of the world, from there the L-rd your G-d will gather and fetch you. The L-rd your G-d will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it."
Unite our heart to love and revere thy name, and to observe all the precepts of thy Torah. Shine forth in thy glorious majesty over all the inhabitants of thy world. Let everything that breathes proclaim: The L-rd G-d of Israel is King; his majesty rules over all. Amen.