Friday, April 18, 2008

A Prayer for Israel's Soldiers in Captivity

Passover is the time of freedom - a celebration of our release from the bondages of slavery; a beginning of the long journey we took through the desert to become a free nation in our land.

Soon we will sit down to celebrate this freedom...and when we do, we will say a prayer for those who are not free.

May it be your will, Hashem, our G-d and G-d of our ancestors, that these Psalms that we have read, will find favor before You, as if King David, your servant, had recited them himself. For the sake of Your Holy Name, may our prayer and request be accepted with mercy and favor, and may our supplication come before You, to show mercy and loving kindness for our captives and missing soldiers:

Ehud ben Malka Goldwasser
Eldad ben Tova Regev
Gilad ben Aviva Schalit
Guy ben Rina Hever
Zecharia Shlomo ben Miriam Baumel
Yekutiel Yehudah Nachman ban Sarah Katz
Zvi ben Pnina Feldman
Ron ben Batya Arad

Mercifully save them, together with all the captives and prisoners of your people Israel. He who redeems prisoners shall save them from captivity and take them out of slavery to freedom, and from oppression to redemption, and from darkness to
light, and He shall heal them fully in soul and body, and grant them strength,
happiness and joy, so they shall be strong, healthy and content.

May the merit and cries of prayer of the many, who beseech You on their behalf, from all corners of the earth, serve as a mighty shield and annul any evil decree, and
may their merits and deeds for the sake of our people and homeland, be presented
before You.

May the following verse be realized for them: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Click here to download the prayer, in English and Hebrew as a word
document
.

Reprinted from the Israel National News Website.

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