Prayer for Peace

From Siddur Kol Haneshama, Sabbath and Festivals

 

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ וְאִמֹּתֵינוּ שֶׁתְּבַטֵּל מִלְחָמוֹת וּשְׁפִיכוּת דָּמִים מִן הָעוֹלָם וְתַמְשִׁיךְ שָׁלוֹם גָּדוֹל וְנִפְלָא בָּעוֹלָם וְלֹא יִשָּׂא גּוֹי אֶל גּוֹי חֶרֶב וְלֹא יִלְמְדוּ עוֹד מִלְחָמָה 
  רַק יַכִּירוּ וְיֵדְעוּ כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי תֵּבֵל הָאֱמֶת לַאֲמִתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר לֹא בָּאנוּ לָזֶה הָעוֹלָם בִּשְׁבִיל רִיב וּמַחֲלֹקֶת וְלֹא בִּשְׁבִיל שִׂנְאָה וְקִנְאָה וְקִנְתּוּר וּשְׁפִיכוּת דָּמִים. רַק בָּאנוּ לָעוֹלָם כְּדֵי לְהַכִּיר אוֹתְךָ תִּתְבָּרֵךְ לָנֶצַח
  וּבְכֵן תְּרַחֵם עָלֵינוּ וִקֻיַם בָּנוּ מִקְרָא שֶׁכָּתוּב וְנָתַתִּי שָׁלוֹם בָּאָרֶץ וּשְׁכַבְתֶּם וְאֵין מַחֲרִיד וְהִשְׁבַּתּי חָיָה רָעָה מִן הָאָרֶץ וְחֶרֶב לֹא תַּעֲבֹר בְּאַרְצְכֶם וְיָגֵל כַּמַּיִם מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה כְּנַחַל אֵיתָן. כִּי מַלְאָה הָאָרֶץ דֵּעָה אֶת יְהוָה כַּמַּיִם לְיָם מְכַסִּים
 

Y'hi ratzon milfanekha Adonay eloheynu v'elohey avoteynu v'imoteynu shetvatel milkhamot u'sh'fikhut damim min ha'olam v'tamshikh shalom gadol v'nifla ba'olam v'lo yisa goy el goy kherev v'lo yilm'du od milkhamah.
Rak yakiru v'yadu kol yoshvey tevel ha'emet la'amito asher lo banu lazeh ha'olam bishvil riv u'makahloket v'lo bishvil sin'ah v'kinah v'kintur ushpikhot damim. Rak banu la'olam k'dey otkha titbarekh lanetzakh.
U'vkhen t'rakhem aleynu v'kayim banu mikrah shekatov v'natati shalom ba'aretz ushkhavtem v'eyn makharid v'hishbati khayah ra'ah min ha'aretz v'kherev lo taavor b'artzekhem v'yagel kamim mishpat o'tzdakah k'nakhal eytan. Ki malah ha'aretz da'ah et Adonay kamim l'yam m'khasim.

May it be your will, Eternal One, our God, God of our ancestors, that wars and bloodshed be abolished from the world, and bring into the world a great and wonderful and lasting peace. And let no nation lift a sword against a nation—let them learn no more the ways of war!

Let all who dwell on earth simply acknowledge the truth of truths: that we have not come into this world for the sake of quarreling and war, nor for the sake of hatred, jealousy, anger, or bloodshed; rather, we have come into this world only to know You—may You be blessed eternally!

Therefore, have mercy on us, and fulfill among us what is written in your Scripture: “I shall give peace upon the earth, and you shall lie down with none to make you afraid. I shall abolish from the earth the predatory beast. The sword shall never come upon your land. Justice shall roll down like the water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of The Omnipresent, as the waters fill the seas.”

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