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Rav Ovadia’s New Year’s Prayer: Destroy Enemy Iran

Former Chief Rabbi Yosef asks Jews to pray on Rosh HaShanah for G-d to destroy Israel’s enemies, especially Iran and Hizbullah.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/26/2012, 9:45 AM

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef
Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef
Israel News photo: Flash 90

Former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has asked Jews to pray on Rosh HaShanah for HaShem to destroy Israel’s enemies, especially Iran and Hizbullah.

He said in his weekly Saturday night broadcast sermon, “There are wicked people in Iran who stand to destroy us, and we need to stand and pray before HaShem with all our hearts.

“We are in danger. We are in danger, We have no one to rely one except our Father in Heaven to whom we pray with devout intention.”

Rav Ovadia, as he is fondly known by tens of thousands of followers, reminded listeners to keep Iran and Hizbullah in mind when eating the “signs of the holiday,” foods whose Hebrew words offer hints of what is in store for Jews in the coming year.

“Keep in mind that HaShem should “cut off our enemies and all those who want to harm us with evil and destroy them off the face of the earth,” he added.

The rabbi also referred to Psalm 20, which states, “These [enemies] trust in chariots and these in horses, but we mention the name of HaShem. They kneel and fall, but we rise and gain strength. O L-rd, save [us]; may the King answer us on the day we call."

Rabbi Yosef is the spiritual leader of the Shas party, a member of the Netanyahu coalition government. Former IDF Intelligence Chief Yaakov Amidror who now heads the National Security Council, recently visited Rabbi Yosef as part of the Netanyahu’s administration attempt to convince the Shas party to support a military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, if necessary.

Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year that ushers in the “Days of Awe,” is a two-holiday that begins Sunday night, September 16. The “10 days of Repentance” concludes with the Yom Kippur fast and holiday, beginning with sundown Tuesday, September 26.