Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Musical Prayer for Israel on its 63rd Birthday

On this day of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's 63rd Independence Day, we bring you a new musical rendition of the Prayer for the Peace of the State of Israel, performed by Gabie Sykora and Holly Dinur, members of a womens' choir in Ra'anana, Israel.

They have been performing together for women's audiences for the past seven years. Gabie and Holly’s musical style is an eclectic mix of contemporary, Chassidic, Israeli, folk, rock, among others.  

Their first CD, Lechu V'neilchah b'or Hashem, is available in stores in Israel and via the web.

Here is the prayer in Hebrew and its English translation from Siddur Sim Shalom:

Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of the people Israel; Bless the State of Israel, with its promise of redemption. Shield it with Your love; spread over it the shelter of Your peace. Guide its leaders and advisors with Your light and Your truth. Help them with Your good counsel. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our Holy Land. Deliver them; crown their efforts with triumph. Bless the land with peace, and its inhabitants with lasting joy. And let us say: Amen.

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