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Annapolis, Shannapolis

By Tzvi Fishman
11/27/2007, 12:00 AM

Never underestimate the power of prayer. When Sanheriv’s massive legion of soldiers surrounded Jerusalem on the verge of  waging a devastating attack, King Hezkiahu turned to Heaven and prayed: “Dear G-d, I don’t have the power to defeat all of the enemies that have gathered against us and Your Holy City – please, while we sleep, You do it or us.” When Hezkiahu awoke in the morning, two-hundred-thousand enemy soldiers lay dead, stricken by a mysterious plague.

Recite this prayer. Send it to friends. Annapolis, Shannapolis. We shall overcome!

MAY IT BE THY WILL, L-rd our G-d, G-d of our fathers, G-d of Avraham, G-d of Yitzhak, and G-d of Yaacov, for the sake of our Forefathers who performed Thy will, for the sake of our teacher, Moshe, Your servant, and for the sake of Your Holy Torah, for the sake of King David and all of the Prophets of Israel, for the sake of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, and all of the Sages and Tzaddikim and holy Martyrs, pioneers, soldiers, and victims of terror who sacrificed their lives for the Torah, for Your honor, and for Your Land,
Recite this prayer. Send it to friends. Annapolis, Shannapolis. We shall overcome!

That You, in Your infinite compassion, in this hour of danger and need, when all of the nations of the world have gathered together against us at Annapolis to once again steal our Land and divide our Holy City, as they have treacherously done in the past, that You stand by us and save us, just as you have stood by us in every generation and saved us from their deception, slaughter, thievery, murder, and rape.

Please, dear Father, overthrow their schemes and evil plans. Overthrow their evil intentions just as You did to the evil Haman when he rose up against your People, the Jews of Shushan. Plunder them just as they would plunder us. Shatter their lands as they seek to shatter ours. Destroy their communities and evacuate them from their houses, just as they long to do to us.

If not for our sake, do it for the sake of Your Name which is called upon Israel. For the nations do not only rise against us to steal our heritage – they have assembled together against the Covenant that You sealed with our Forefathers to give the Jewish People all of the Land of Israel; they have gathered together to proclaim that the Torah isn’t true; brazenly they have united at Annapolis to declare that there is no G-d in Israel. They mock and desecrate Your Name, saying that You don’t have the power to uphold the promise that You made to Your People that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. They scoff at Your Kingship, arrogantly acting as if they were the masters of the world, and not You.

Let the words of the Psalm be fulfilled: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the L-rd and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us beak their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us.’ But He who sits in Heaven laughs; the L-rd holds them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and terrify them in burning anger” (Psalms, 2).

Please, G-d, fulfill the words of the Psalm we recite every Wednesday at the conclusion of our prayers: “O L-rd G-d, to whom vengeance belongs, G-d of revenge, shine forth. Rise up, Judge of the earth, render to the arrogant their recompense. L-rd, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter blasphemy, and the workers of iniquity boast proudly. They crush Thy People, O L-rd, and afflict Thy heritage. And they arrogantly say, the L-rd does not see, the G-d of Yaacov does not understand” (Psalms, 94).

Do it for Your sake, if not for ours. For we know that we have sinned and gone astray from your Torah. We have abandoned our heritage and followed after the way of the nations, seeking their favor more than Yours. We have abandoned faith in our Maker, putting our fortune in the hands of the godless, and not in Yours. We have chosen leaders who are empty of Torah. We have strayed after false ideologies and creeds, copying the immodest ways of the nations and polluting our Holy Land. We have taken foreign wives, and clung to foreign lands. We have failed to return en masse to our Holy Land, and now, because of our shameful procrastination in not making aliyah, You are threatening to turn our cherished Land over to our enemies, may G-d have mercy and forgive us for our lapses and sins.

Not intentionally did we do all of these transgressions, nor to rebel, rather we did all of these things because of the terrible confusion and tribulations of the long and nightmarish exile, which shattered our faith and polluted our brains, making us think like gentiles instead of Jews. Please, G-d, have mercy on us like a father has mercy on his children. Give us the strength and wisdom to correct our ways and turn back to You with a full heart. Save us for Your Name’s sake and turn your wrath on the nations that gather against You and against Your chosen at Annapolis, as it says:

“Shall the seat of iniquity, that establishes lies and deception through laws, have fellowship with Thee? They gather themselves together against the souls of the righteous and condemn innocent blood. But the L-rd has become my defense, and my G-d has become the rock of my refuge. And He brings upon them their own iniquity, and He cuts them off in their wickedness; the L-rd our G-d cuts them off (Psalms, 94).”
Amen. Selah.