Let Israel say, if the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us….they would have swallowed us alive…Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth….Our help is in the name of the Lord

(Psalm 124:1-8). 

Please, God, our Father in Heaven, keep Israel as “…the apple of Your eye; hide her under the shadow of Your wings from … her deadly enemies who surround her” (Psalm 17:8-9). 

Along all Israel’s borders, dispatch angelic guardians and warrior hosts. 

Protect Your Land from division by the nations.

 “Hide [Israel] in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of men…keep [her] secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Ps. 31:20). 

Bring the counsel of ungodly nations to nothing, and their plans against Israel to no effect. (Psalm 33:10) 

Please, Abba, protect Your people from terror in the streets.. Guard Israel’s borders from attack by land, air or sea. Expose and overturn schemes of evil destruction against Your people. Keep us from ungodly alliances with nations seeking to entrap us. May Israel trust in You for deliverance, not in her own strength, skill, military might or in the favor of other nations.


Please protect Israel’s mountains and northern borders from foreign invasion, for Your Word says her fiercest enemies come from the north. If enemies do invade from the north, “…show [Your] greatness and [Your] holiness, and make [Yourself] known in the sight of many nations” (Ezekiel 38:23).

Give those in the North the strength and faith to trust in You at all times.


Guard and defend Israel’s Mediterranean coast from foreign invasion. Rule over the sea coast according to Your Word: 

“The voice of the Lord is over the waters…the Lord thunders over the mighty waters…the Lord sits enthroned over the flood…the Lord blesses His people with peace.”
(Psalm 29:10)

Bless with peace the Mediterranean coast to be enjoyed with thanksgiving and used for good as shipping harbors, as a media center and hi-tech hub. Prosper the center of Israel as a region of farming, agriculture and industry. Protect, strengthen and embolden those in the coastal and central regions with Your truth.


Please be a shield to Israel’s south, the desert You have enabled to bloom. Send Your heavenly hosts to guard our southern borders from infiltration, terror, war or other forms of attack. Thank you for intercepting and miraculously re-directing rockets and missiles shot from Gaza into southern Israeli civilian centers. 

Enhance peaceable cooperation with the Bedouin in the Negev, many of whom have blessed the Jewish people. Sustain cooperative relations with Egypt and Jordan over shared borders and interests. Expose and shake enemy hideouts and tunnels in desert lands, for “the voice of the Lord shakes the desert” (Psalm 29:8). 

Make a way where there seems to be none for the Negev to grow as an agricultural, industrial, hi-tech and military center (Isaiah 43:19). 

“Provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland to give drink to … the people [You] formed for [Yourself] that they may proclaim [Your] praise” (Isaiah 43:20-21).


Shield of Abraham, would you protect the Jews living in settlements from terror and other forms of military invasion. Expose and dismantle violent conspiracies and  attack. 

Expose the lies condemning Israeli settlements as illegal. Implement true and righteous justice between the Arabs and Israel. Expose the errors and evils of Palestinian Christian theologies that teach God’s covenant with Israel has expired. Protect, strengthen and embolden the Arab remnant following You in Spirit and in truth. 

Please do not allow Israel’s land to be wrongly divided, for we “know You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). Graciously thwart invasion of the West Bank by terrorist groups seeking to destroy the Jewish state. Mercifully spare Israel from a false peace treaty. Protect, strengthen and embolden those living in Judea and Samaria.

G-d’s promise:

* Based on Sandra Teplisky’s Prayers for Israel


“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand,  I shall not be shaken” (Psalms 16:8).


What is that exactly? I coined the acronym to carry the meaning of  Valuable, Important and Powerful Prayer. Indeed, every genuine prayer from the heart is of great value and importance, and is extremely powerful in our battle against the forces of the enemy. 

During the month of ADAR we celebrate the festival of PURIM – instituted by Queen Esther and Mordechai, as described in the biblical book of Esther.  Purim commemorates the great victory over the enemies of God, who had devised a plan to kill and get rid of His people! This is a great encouragement to pray, for, as well as the courage of Esther, who approached the king at risk to her life, the key element of procuring the victory was the united effort of the Jewish people to fast and pray together with her for three days.

God’s face is hidden throughout the book of Esther, although one is very aware of his hand at work behind the scenes. A reason for his ‘hiddeness’ could well be that he desires to impress upon us the value, importance, and power of the prayer of his people. When we turn to him in faith, and call to him in prayer, He responds supernaturally. We need to enter into VIP Prayer! But what does this look and sound like? There are many different forms of prayer – all of which become VIP Prayer when issuing from a pure and sincere heart.

I believe that when we have no words, every thought, sigh, tear, and cry directed to our Father in Heaven, is a form of prayer. More usually, as He has given us the gift of words and communication, our personal from-the-heart prayers can be raised verbally anywhere, and at any time. And all are precious. Also, as they are today, we know that in Yeshua’s time and that of the Early Church, prescribed prayers were already in place and recited, either individually or communally in the synagogues. The daily morning and evening prayers, as well as those for Shabbat and the Festivals, are collected in the Siddur – the Jewish Daily Prayer Book.*  Siddur is from the root word  seder – order.

When these prayers are read and prayed with kavanah – concentrated focus and sincere devotion – they are powerful indeed. This is true also of the Psalms – another form of prayer. Just as Esther knew the importance of having all the people pray with her, wherever they were physically, we know that strength, unity, and reassurance ensue when many hearts are lifting the same prayers before the Throne of Grace. Particularly at the time of history we find ourselves in now, this prayer from the Siddur, which was  composed centuries before and would have been familiar to Yeshua and his disciples, is valuable to pray with a resounding Amen! 

May the time not be distant O God, when Thy Name shall be worshipped in all the earth; when unbelief shall disappear and error shall be no more. Fervently we pray that the day may come when all men may invoke Thy Name, when corruption and evil shall give way to purity and goodness, and when superstition shall no longer enslave the mind and idolatry blind the eye – when all who dwell on earth shall know that to Thee alone every knee must bend and every tongue give homage. 

O may all created in Thine image recognize that they are brothers, so that, one in spirit and one in fellowship, they may be forever united before Thee. Then shall Thy kingdom be established on earth, and the words of Thine ancient prophets be fulfilled. Adonai yimloch le’olam va’ed. The Lord will reign forever and ever!

May we daily be encouraged to focus our hearts on VIP Prayer – “for such a time as this!” 

With every blessing and encouragement in Messiah,

Keren Hannah

* An inspirational Hebrew-English Siddur we recommend is The Koren Siddur, (Ashkenaz),  with commentary by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. 

Mothers of Jerusalem: A Prayer for the Protection of Our Children



Mothers of Jerusalem,
Your wail echoes in the hills,
Your grief resounds in the valleys,
Your prayer rises up into the luminous sky.
More fathers and brothers,
More sisters and mothers,
More children and innocent,
Lost to the hand of violence,
Lost to the hand of hatred.

How long, oh my God,
How long before cruelty ends
And peace reigns within these borders,
Within these walls,
Within our hearts?
How long, oh my God,
Must we open graves for the lost?

God of generations,
God of millennia,
Spread Your tabernacle
Of safety and shelter
Over this holy city.
Guard our sons and our daughters.
Protect all who dwell within these gates.
Let courage and hope ease this fear.
Let compassion open the souls of the hard-hearted.
Let joy and gladness return,
In song and prayer,
To Your [Land] of holiness.

© 2014 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

A Personal Prayer For Hanukkah

Stars do not eliminate the darkness, but rather mitigate it; do not turn the world into a palace full of light, but rather find ways to shed light in places that would otherwise be consumed by absolute darkness. In a similar vein, we ought to be wary, to say the least, of the fantasy that human beings can somehow remove all darkness from human life. Such notions are chimerical at best and unimaginably dangerous at worst. But we can … we must bring light into otherwise abandoned places, to bring flashes of meaning and companionship to places otherwise overrun by heartache and devastation.

What does all of this have to do with Hanukkah? Think for a moment about the central ritual act that marks this holiday. It is winter now: the days are getting shorter and shorter, and attendantly, the nights are getting longer and longer. Pesach and Sukkot begin in the middle of the Jewish month, when the moon is full. But Hanukkah is different: it begins on the 25th of the month, when the moon has all but completely disappeared. We are in one of the darkest periods of one of the darkest months of the year. All around us is darkness. And what do we do? We light a fire. Not a bonfire, but a small fire – now one, now another, and so forth for eight nights. In other words, we do not pretend to be the sun, but only stars. We do not bring an end to darkness, but soften its effects.

“The soul of man is the lamp of G-d,” the Book of Proverbs tell us (20:27). What this means is that ultimately, our task is not to light candles, but to be candles. We have the potential to be the bits of light that help bring G-d back into a world gone dark. As the Sefas Emes puts it in discussing Hanukkah, “A human being is created to light up this world” (Hanukkah, 1874).

~ Rabbi Shai Held

 The soul of man is G-d’s candle.
Proverbs 20:27

May it be Your will, my G-d and G-d of my ancestors, to be gracious to me and to all my family and friends – to give us, and all Israel, a good and long life. Remember us with goodness and blessing, and grant us salvation and mercy. Grant us abundant blessing, and fortify the places we call home. May Your Presence dwell among us and may we be blessed with wise and kind children, lovers of G-d who stand in awe of You, people who speak truth and spread holiness. May those we nurture light the world with truth (emet) and mercy (hesed, rachem, chanan). May Your light, reflected in these candles, surround us always and shine through us into a dark world. B’shem Mashiach Yeshua (in the name of Yeshua the Messiah) Amen.

The fullness of Biblical mercy is revealed in a combination of three Hebrew words:

  1. Rachem – the Hebrew word most often translated as mercy in the Tanakh. Related to the Hebrew word for womb, rachem is a tender, protected place where life springs forth. To live in G-d’s rachem is to live in G-d’s womb.
  2. Hesed – a Hebrew word most often translated as loving-kindness but also at times as mercy. Hesed is relational mercy, covenantal faithfulness and love.
  3. Chanan – the third Hebrew word translated as mercy. It touches on mercy in the context of pity, forgiveness, and grace.

* Note from Cindy – I took the liberty of making modifications to an adaptation by Nurit Shein and Sue Levi Elwell of a traditional Shephardic tekhine** (found in The Sephardi Haggadah, Jonathon Cohen, ed., Jerusalem: Feldheim Publishers, 1988.)

** Tekhines (from Hebrew teḥinnot – “supplications”) are Yiddish prayers from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.


May He who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless the members of Israel’s Defense Forces and its security services who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God from the Lebanese border to the Egyptian desert, from the Mediterranean Sea to the approace of the Aravah, and wherever else they are, on land, in air and at sea.

May the Lord make the enemies who rise up  against Israel be struck down before them. 

May the Holy One, blessed be He, protect and deliver them from all trouble and distress, affliction and illness, and send blessing and success to all the work of their hands.

May He subdue our enemies under them and crown them with deliverance and victory. And may there be fulfilled in them the verse:

“It is the Lord your God who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies,
to deliver you.”

And let us say, Amen.


Prayer taken from The Koren Siddur – with translation and commentary by Rabbi Johnathan Sacks.

Prayer for the RESTORATION of ZION

 A beautiful prayer by Rabbi Yechiel Tzvi Lichtenstein (a Messianic Jew), published in 1887 with the preface: “We set our hearts day and night to Jerusalem and its exalted place. Whoever has eyes to see let him see, and whoever has ears, let him hear!”


O Lord, in accordance with all of your acts of righteousness, let your anger and wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain.

Our Father, our King, lift a banner to the peoples to return Israel to its pasture. Gather us from the four corners of the earth to our Land, and plant us within its borders on the mountain of our inheritance.

Bring us to Zion, your city, with singing and to Jerusalem, your holy city, with eternal joy. Build it in your compassion and let it remain perched and inhabited in its place. Establish your Holy Temple in it and gladden us in your House of Prayer.

Return your Dwelling Place to Zion, your city, and send us Yeshua our Messiah a second time. Let him reign upon the Throne of David in Jeruslaem, your Holy City.

Lift up the horn of the salvations of your people Israel in the house of David your servant – salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, just as you have spoken through your prophets.

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for your Name is called upon your city and upon your people. Hurry HaShem, to help us! Ransom your people Israel from its iniquities and from all its troubles, for the time to be gracious has come. The appointed time has come.



Scripture references:

Daniel 9:16; Jeremiah 50:19; Isaiah 11:12; Exodus 15:17; Zechariah 14:10; Isaiah 56:7; Luke 1:69-71; Daniel (:19; Psalm 38: 23 [22]; Psalm 130:8; Psalm 25;22; Psalm 102:14 [13].

** From brochure printed by Vine of David,


Photo credit: KHP 

It is time to take a united stand against the enemy of our souls and raise up valuable, important and powerful prayers in fervent, believing faith, with the authority invested in us by our High Priest Yeshua.

Let us also fervently proclaim the timeless truth of the Word of God, trusting that the schemes and curses of evil will be be made null and void and that our God will arise and His enemies be scattered.

For His Name’s sake in Love.

Proclaim the Truth of Israel’s Identity

Proclaim Israel’s identity in agreement with God’s Word:


Photo: Ron Cantrell

Proclaiming the truth of the Word is powerful and a counteraction to the attacks and lies of the enemy that constantly fill the earth’s atmosphere! Israel is under constant bombardment on all levels.

Read these aloud as a form of prayer for His Land, Israel and His people:


“For the sake of His great name, the Lord will not reject His people, because the Lord was pleased to make you His own.”

~ 1 Samuel 12:22


For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “…whoever touches you [harmfully] touches the apple of His eye [and He will respond]!”

~ Zechariah 2:8


“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness which is of Me”, saith the Lord.

~ Isaiah 54:17



For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for his dwelling, saying, “This is my resting place forever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.

“I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food.  I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.  Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.  I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”  

~ Psalm 132:13–18


For the Lord’s portion is His people,
Jacob his allotted inheritance.

~ Deuteronomy 32:9


You shall also be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

~Isaiah 62:3


You shall be called Hephzibah, which means, “My delight is in her,” and your land Beulah, which means “married”;  for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married [together with your people].

~Isaiah 62:4


 Photo: Debbie Elfassy


“I will plant them on their land,
and they shall never again be uprooted
out of the land that I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.

~ Amos 9:15


They shall call them the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you [Jerusalem] will be called Sought After,
the City No Longer Deserted.

~ Isaiah 62:12


Prayer for Israel and America – and all nations

Our Father… Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.

Our Father


Bright and delightful posters (8″ x 10″) that you can print and frame side-by-side in prayer for Israel and the USA, if you are American, or just for Israel if you reside in another country. Wonderful reminders to pray for Israel – and for your country’s relationship with her. 

Regarding ISRAEL – USA relations:

Eleven minutes after Israel declared its independence, President Harry Truman recognized the new Jewish State. Since that time there has been a unique and special partnership between these two great Nations.

Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace.
We stand together to fight terrorism.

~Benjamin Netanyahu

The United States supports Israel not because of favoritism based on political pressure or influence but because the American people and their leaders say that supporting Israel is politically sound and morally just.

~Former Secretary of State George Schultz

Though not all relations have been friction free – and many in the USA have at times grieved over positions the government has taken –  it is our hope and prayer there will be a growing solidarity between our two Countries and two Peoples.

In line with that hope, we are sharing the following from who grants permission to duplicate and distribute copies of these poster for non-commercial purposes only. To download click on each poster.


“Shield Israel under the wings of your kindness,
…spread over her your canopy of peace.”
Daily Prayer Book


“Seek the peace of the Nation…and pray for it to God,
for through its peace will you have peace.”
Jeremiah 29:7

Artwork by
Mordecai Rosenstein  
Rosenstein Arts

May this precious bond between Israel and America – Two Nations and Two Peoples – be G-d centered, G-d focused, and G-d blessed.

Moreover, an attacker may defeat someone who is alone, but two can resist him;
and a three-stranded cord is not easily broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12


Prayer for Israel – Hebrew / English


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Avinu Sh’b’Shemayim – Heavenly Father, Israel’s Rock and Redeemer, bless the State of Israel, the first flowering of Your final redemption. Shield it under the wings of Your loving-kindness and spread over it the Tabernacle of Your Peace.

Send Your light and truth to its leaders. ministers and counselors, and direct them with good counsel before You.

Strengthen the hands of the defenders of our Holy Land; grant them deliverance our God, and crown them with the crown of victory. Grant peace in the Land and everlasting joy to its inhabitants.

As for our brothers, the whole house of Israel, remember them in all the lands of our [ in Israel say their] dispersion, and swiftly lead us [ them] upright to Zion Your city, and Jerusalem Your dwelling place, as it is written in the Torah of Moses Your servant:

Even if you are scattered to the furthermost lands under the heavens, from there the Lord Your God will gather you and take you back. The Lord your God will bring you to the Land your ancestors possessed and you will possess it; and He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. Then the Lord our God will open up your heart and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Unite our hearts to love and revere Your Name and observe all the words of Your Torah, and swiftly send us Your righteous Anointed One of the house of David, to redeem those who long for Your salvation.

Appear in Your glorious majesty over all the dwellers on earth, and let all who breathe declare: “The Lord God of Israel is King and His kingship has dominion over all.”

Amen. Selah.

[from: The Koren Siddur]

Come to Him as a Child

 Avinu Sh’b’Shemayim! Todah al ha’kol! Yishtebach Shimcha le’ad!

 Our Father in Heaven! Thank You for everything! I will bless Your Name forever!

When we pray; God our Father, to Whom we pray, first sees our hearts and then, in addition, hears our words.

In particular when we pray for His Land, Israel, and her people and for the Peace of Jerusalem, His City, He hears the cry of our hearts. For that is where His heart is set in a particular way and His eyes constantly are glued to it! Many in the nations, sadly including many in the Church, are violently and often beyond reason standing against Israel. The Word of God tells us, however:

“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the people to no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:10-11).


Recorded prayers, written in accord with Scripture and with the sincere intent to honor God, are valuable tools and aids to prayer and together with individual, personal prayer will rise like incense to the Throne of God.

Our Father, bless the State of Israel which is the beginning of the blossoming of Your great and final Redemption for Israel and for all the earth.

Bless the State of Israel which is the beginning of the blossoming of Your great and final Redemption for Israel and for all the earth.


The Romemu Prayer – from the Koren Siddur, pg 68 – is a selection from the Book of Psalms on the theme of hope and trust in God. It forms a moving transition from then to now, from the days of King David to today and affirms the ongoing and eternal Covenant with Israel.

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רוממו יהוה אלוהינו – ROMEMU – EXALT THE Lord OUR GOD

Exalt the Lord our God and bow before His footstool. He is holy.
Exalt the Lord our God and bow at His holy mountain; for holy is the Lord our God.

He is compassionate. He forgives iniquity and does not destroy. Repeatedly He suppresses His anger, not rousing His full wrath.  You, Lord, do not withold Your compassion – rachamim –  from me. May Your loving-kindess and truth – chessed ve’emet – always guard me. Remember, Lord, your acts of compassion and love, for they have existed forever.

Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel and whose might is in the skies.
You are awesome God in Your holy places. It is the God of Israel who gives might and strength to the people, may God be blessed. God of retribution, Lord, God of retribution appear!
Arise, Judge of the earth, to repay the arrogant their just desserts.

Salvation belongs to the Lord, may Your blessing rest upon Your people. Selah!
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah!
Lord of hosts, happy is the one who trusts in You.
Lord, save! May the King answer us on the day we call.

 Save Your people and bless Your heritage; tend them and carry them forever.
Our soul longs for the Lord; He is our Help and Shield.
For in Him our hearts rejoice, for in His holy Name we have trusted.
May Your loving-kindness, Lord, be upon us, as we have put our hope in You.
Show us, Lord, Your loving-kindness and redeem us for the sake of Your love.

“I am the Lord your God who brought you up from the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” Happy are the people for whom this is so; happy is the people whose God is the Lord.
As for me, I trust in Your loving-kindness;
my heart rejoices in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me.

PRAYER – A Blessing and a Gift

The past Chief Rabbi of the UK, and a world renowned author and teacher, Sir Jonathan Sacks said of prayer: “In prayer we speak to God. Through Torah [HIs teaching and Word] God speaks to us. Praying, we speak. Studying, we listen.” *

It is a gift and blessing to seriously and lovingly share and communicate with another, whether with a friend, a sibling, parent and child, or even with a stranger. Each one receives a gift and bestows a blessing. Our Father God is communicating with us constantly. In the study of His Word and awareness of His Presence in all things, we can ‘hear’ Him and receive the blessing He wants to convey to us. The question is, how can we communicate and bless Him in return? We have been given the gift of prayer.

Of course, our deeds bless Him as well. Just as a natural parent is proud and happy to see a child doing well and even striving to do a good deed although he might not fully succeed, so our Father is blessed by our efforts. A parent does not want a child simply to sit, or stand, and talk to him or her all day. The worst thing a child can do, on the other hand, is to ignore and not acknowledge a parent who loves them and has done all in their power for their good. Likewise, our heavenly Father is blessed when we talk to Him, share our joys and our sorrows; and ask for His counsel and help… and also praise Him and thank Him for the life He gives us and for all the good He bestows upon us. Just as Yeshua prayed and taught us to pray.

* Taken from “The Koren Siddur” with translation from the Hebrew and commentary by Rabbi Jonatahn Sacks. This is a beautiful, comprehensive and inspiring book of prayer and comes highly recommended.


Aaronic Blessing, by Hanna Wills, Calligraphic Print, Hebrew/English, 18.0” x 12.0”

~ Keren Hannah