This program would be suitable for the Liturgy Committee of your synagogue, or for any gathering of adult learning in your congregation.
All Jewish celebratory festivals would appear to include “the 3 rs”: Rejoicing, Reflection, and Ritual. In preparation for your congregation’s Yom Ha’atzmaut party, we recommend taking a look at some ritual that may creep its way into your celebrations.
The Jewish tradition of saying a prayer for governments dates back to the second century, and the orthodox world has a standard prayer for the welfare of the State of Israel dating back to the establishment of the State.
What does this liturgy say? What other versions of this prayer have been created over the years? Which one most speaks to the inner prayers of you and your congregation?
We have prepared the different prayers, together with some guiding questions, on a ‘placemat’. Download, print out, and place around tables – coffee and cakes seem to be an attractive addition to the discussion…
At the end of the food and discussion, you might choose to set off on a process of writing your own congregation’s prayer for the welfare of the State of Israel, with the aim of reciting it together as a community at your Yom Ha’atzmaut Party.