A Prayer Marking the 50th Anniversary 1967 War

Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi
on June 9, 2017

Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi is an Israeli Reform rabbi who has published liturgy and poetry in Hebrew. He has served the synagogue, Kehilat Tzur Hadassah, in Tzur Hadassa, and is now studying for his Ph.D. at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He wrote this moving prayer for the 50th anniversary of the 67 War:

Translation: Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi and Rabbi Andrea and Daniel London

And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land
unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you;
[Leviticus 25:10]

וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם, אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה, וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ, לְכָל-יֹשְׁבֶיהָ; יוֹבֵל הִוא

On the fiftieth day,

The gift of Torah.

In the fiftieth year,

A jubilee.

The release of slaves, the release of the earth

All must be set free.


The Tree of Life, Your legacy,

And a good and spacious land.

Our hearts and our eyes must not lead us astray,

Is Your command.


The land is Yours, the earth and all its inhabitants.

The bloodshed of war shall not be Your wine

Nor theft from another Your oil.

To do justly and to love mercy, that alone is Your bread.


Grant us, Adonai our God,

The strength to be courageous and wise

And the blessing

Of living with compromise.


בְּיוֹם הַחֲמִשִּׁים הֶעֱנַקְתָּ תּוֹרָה, בִּשְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים יוֹבֵל.
חֵרוּת עֲבָדִים וְחֵרוּת אֲדָמָה צִוִיתַנוּ אֵל.

תּוֹרַת-חַיִּים נַחֲלָתְךָ, אֶרֶץ טוֹבָה וּרְחָבָה.
לֹא נַתוּר אַחַר לְבָבֵנוּ וְאַחַר עֵינֵינוּ, לְהַזְנוֹתָהּ.

לְךָ הָאָרֶץ, תֶּבֶל וְיוֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ.
לֹא דָּם מִלְחָמוֹת תִּירוֹשְךָ,
לֹא גֶּזֶל הַגּוֹי יִצְהַרֶךָ.
כִּי אִם עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד, לַחְמְךָ.

הָבֵא עָלֵינוּ אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ, אֶת חָכְמַת עֹז הָרוּחַ,
אֶת בִּרְכַּת חַיֵּי הַפְּשָׁרָה.