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Saturday, January 03, 2009

The die is cast

The major Israeli news stations are now reporting that the IDF ground incursion into Gaza has begun.

We have many friends and neighbors whose sons are now (or very soon to be) in Gaza.  Please have them in your thoughts and prayers and may we pay as low a cost as possible for this necessary step.



He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, 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 Hashem 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 fighting men 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 their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.  Now let us respond: Amen. 

Posted by David Bogner on January 3, 2009 | Permalink


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Amen! Thank you, David. An addendum to the prayer: May their government and their government's allies allow them to be victorious this time. It owes them that.

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Jan 3, 2009 9:33:10 PM


Posted by: Imshin | Jan 3, 2009 10:08:25 PM

Thanks so much for that, David. It is Hashem who wins the war not us. Just as soldiers saw open miracles in Lebanon may they be worthy to see open miracles now in Gaza. To all our brothers and sisters in Israel, we are thinking of you and praying for you. If only we could be there.....

Posted by: Esther Abergel | Jan 3, 2009 11:15:04 PM

Amen, a thousand times.

Posted by: Ziggy | Jan 3, 2009 11:40:18 PM


Posted by: Rahel | Jan 3, 2009 11:54:08 PM


Posted by: Jack | Jan 4, 2009 1:14:44 AM


Is it okay that I clipped your post of the tefila (just the Hebrew) and posted it elsewhere? Let me know if it's not and I'll take it down ...


Posted by: amyrpk | Jan 4, 2009 1:38:58 AM


Posted by: Bob | Jan 4, 2009 2:08:53 AM

David, I served as Gabbai in shul today and said the Mi Sheberach proudly. One note, we also insert the words "UB'chol Makom Sheheim" at the end of the first sentence. (For non Hebrew speakers, the insert is at the end of the sentence listing the soldiers from the border of Lebanon to the river of Egypt. The insert adds "and wherever they are".

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Jan 4, 2009 4:51:33 AM


Posted by: John | Jan 4, 2009 6:07:51 AM

amen. and thank you for including this tefilla in hebrew and thanks for including the translation. the translation is very straightforward. which siddur is this translation from?

Posted by: frum single female | Jan 4, 2009 7:58:50 AM


Posted by: Ken | Jan 4, 2009 2:02:17 PM

Thanks for the prayer and all who pray for our son who is with the ground troops and all his friends.

Posted by: wife of British Academic | Jan 4, 2009 2:57:43 PM

Thanks for this prayer. I'm borrowing it to post at my blog, with links and trackbacks of course. I don't have a large Jewish membership that I'm aware of, but almost all of my thousands of readers are 100% in support of Israel in this situation.

Posted by: drew458 | Jan 4, 2009 10:03:37 PM

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