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A Prayer for Israel's Druze Soldiers and Police

A Prayer for Israel's Druze Soldiers and Police

Two smiling dark haired male police officers are the two Druze policemen who were killed in a terrorist attack near the Temple Mount

Today, on a beautiful Jerusalem morning — two Druze policemen, Haiel Sitawe, 30, and Kamil Shnaan, 22 — were slain during a terrorist attack near the Temple Mount. Their funerals are this afternoon. May their memories be a blessing and may their families find peace. Two more defenders of Israel, lost. This is an adaptation of my existing prayer “For Druze Soldiers in the IDF.”

For Israel’s Druze Soldiers and Police

Ancient One,
Shield of Israel,
Grant safety to Israel’s soldiers and police,
Wherever they serve,
In times of calm
And in times of turmoil.

Holy One,
Take note of the
Brave Arab soldiers and police,
Druzim who have cast their fate
With this nation and this people,
Men and women who serve
With loyalty and distinction.

Remember the injured and the fallen.
Remember those who were slain
In the line of duty,
In defense of this nation.

God of All,
Some of Israel’s defenders call You Adonai,
Some of Israel’s defenders call You Allah,
Some of Israel’s defenders call You Christ,
And some do not call upon Your Holy Name.
Protect them all.
Grant them lives of joy and health,
In service to this nation,
In service to this land,
In service to this country,
Where, one day,
We will live together,
In peace.

© 2017 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

This is an adaptation of a prayer “For Druze Soldiers in the IDF.” That prayer has a much different focus. Here are more prayers for the IDF, including: “For Soldiers of the IDF,” “When My Child Enlists in the IDF” and “Lone Soldier in the IDF.”

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, and teacher. His teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout the U.S. Before making aliyah to Israel in 2012, Alden was a member of Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL, and a regular participant in worship at B'nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and HealingHis writing also appears in several CCAR Press books, including two anthologies of his work, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Dayand his latest book, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings.


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