Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

A Prayer for Veterans Day

NavyGaurdVetsDayHere’s a prayer for Veterans Day. It’s from a set of three prayers that I wrote for the HUC-JIR continuing ed blog Tzeh U’limad. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. Click here to read all three prayers, including “To the Soldier, To the Veteran,” which is a three-stanza prayer/poem, and “The Last Soldier,” a prayer for peace that honors the soldier’s journey. Click here for a memorial (yizkor) prayer for soldiers. Click here for Memorial Day Prayers.

 

Veterans Day Prayer
G-d of compassion,
G-d of dignity and strength,
Watch over the veterans of the United States
In recognition of their loyal service to our nation.
Bless them with wholeness and love.
Shelter them.
Heal their wounds,
Comfort their hearts.
Grant them peace.

G-d of justice and truth,
Rock of our lives,
Bless our veterans,
These men and women of courage and valor,
With a deep and abiding understanding
Of our profound gratitude.
Protect them and their families from loneliness and want.
Grant them lives of joy and bounty.
May their dedication and honor
Be remembered as a blessing
From generation to generation.

Blessed are You,
Protector and Redeemer,
Our Shield and our Stronghold.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here’s a link to a related prayer called “In Times of War.” Thanks again to Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Ph.D., editor of Tzeh U’limad, for her suggestions and encouragement. Click here to read these prayers on Tzeh U’limad or here to read them at The Mankind Project Journal. Here are links to other prayers written at Rabbi Ruth’s suggestion: “Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue)” and “A Liturgy for 9-11.” This prayer, which also appeared on Beliefnet’s Prayables, was first published on November 10, 2011.

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4 Responses to “A Prayer for Veterans Day”

    • tobendlight

      Thanks for your question, Dan. This is not shame; rather, it’s respect. It’s actually a common, but not universal, Jewish practice to show respect for the name of G-d by not spelling it out in English. The idea is to slow down, to remember before Whom we stand and not to use G-d’s name — God’s Name — in vain. The practice is much more common when using Hebrew letters: sometimes abbreviations are used and sometimes a letter will be substituted.

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  1. Daniel Rondeau

    Thank you for this site and this prayer. I discovered the prayer on the Beliefnet “Prayables” and your site through their link to it. Just Liked your FB page and intend to share your work with as many as I can. Thank you again. I used your prayer in my post today: http://wp.me/p1x7lU-1jB

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