Chief Rabbi's special prayer
Last updated: 2003-10-01
The Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks has written the following prayer to be read out across the UK in synagogues under the aegies of United Synagogue and associated with it over the penitential and festive period.
Sovereign of the universe,
Send peace to Your people
Who week by week live in fear,
And day by day shed tears of grief
For the young and old
Parents and children
The innocent and uninvolved
Whom terror has taken as its target
And violence as its victims.
Melech she-hashalom shelo,
O King to whom peace belongs:
Your people in Your holy land
Seek peace, not war
The right to live as other nations live
And to be a blessing to others.
Bring, we pray you, comfort to those who mourn
Healing to the injured
And hope where there is despair.
May He who brought His people back to the land
Grant them safety in the land
And may He who makes peace in high places
Teach us and all humanity to make peace on earth.
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