New prayer for Israeli security forces

Israel Police rabbi receives approval to add mention of Israel Police into 'Prayer for IDF.'

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Israel Police Rabbi Rahamim Berachyahu recently received approval for his initiative to add to the prayer said for IDF soldiers a mention of Israel Police as well.

Rabbi Berachyahu proposed his initiative to Israel's chief rabbi, and received explicit support and approval from Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau to add the words "Israel Police officers" to the traditional prayer which is recited in synagogues around the world.

The current prayer was written by former IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren, and remained unchanged until the Second Intifada, when it was expanded to include "all security forces."

Rabbi Berachyahu explained that policemen and policewomen protect Israel's citizens every day of the year, standing at the forefront of Israeli security and remaining in dangerous areas - and sometimes sacrificing their lives to save innocent civilians.

In fact, the vast majority of terror victims killed since the start of the current intifada in 2015 were in uniform - either IDF soldiers, or, more commonly, Israel Police and Border Police officers. As a result, the need to change the prayer became obvious and urgent.

The new prayer is:

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, the officers of the Israel Police, and those who serve in Israeli security forces, 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 the Almighty 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 fighters 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 our soldiers’ sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you. And let us say, Amen.