First-Ever - LIVE today from Jerusalem: Joint Global Prayer
Chief Rabbis of Israel and religious leaders in Israel gather in joint
prayer - composed especially in light of world health crisis
The live feed is expected to be viewed by billions of people around the
globe, today, Wednesday April 22, at 15:00 Israel time (GMT+3)
In a heartwarming initiative, and in light of the rising antisemitism and
racism in various parts of the world, the Chief Rabbis of Israel and
religious leaders of all faiths in Israel gather in Jerusalem, in united
The joint prayer, composed by the Chief Rabbis of Israel especially in light
of the dire situation worldwide, has been translated in a united form and is
carried out by spiritual leaders of all faiths in Israel: the Chief Rabbis
of Israel - Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Rishon LeZion, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of
Israel and President of the Chief Rabbinate Council, and Rabbi David Lau,
Chief Rabbi of Israel and President of the Rabbinical Grand Court, alongside
the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Theophilos III, the
Latin Patriarch His Excellency Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Imam
Sheikh Gamal el Ubra, Imam Sheikh Agel Al-Atrash and Druze Spiritual leader
Sheikh Mowafaq Tarif.
The joint prayer is broadcast live today (3pm Israel time) to be viewed by
billions of people from communities in all parts of the world.
***LINK to livestream https://vimeo.com/event/41341
Also via https://www.facebook.com/IsraelMFA/
***Newly composed prayer in English following***
The spiritual leaders gathered in Jerusalem today convey an important
message to the world: "In these turbulent times, we continue to hear growing
voices against entire communities. This new dire reality has affected all
humanity, regardless of religion, gender and race. Out of true faith in
solidarity, we now call on all citizens of the world to join forces and
carry a joint prayer to health and unity."
The new, joint initiative is promoted among the various communities
worldwide, in a special collaboration of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and
the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, with the
World Council of Religious Leaders, and numerous Jewish and non-Jewish
The event takes place at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem of the Dan Hotels
Due to the health situation in the country, the event is being held
intimately in line with the instructions of the Israeli Ministry of Health,
and is broadcast live to viewers worldwide over the Internet.
Joint Prayer for All Religions
G-d of the first and of the last, G-d of all Creatures, Lord of all
generations, He arouses those who sleep and awakens those who slumber, He
heals the sick, opens the eyes of the blind and raises those who are bowed
down. We come before you with a bowed head, and with bent stature, and
Hundreds of thousands died, millions have fallen sick. Save, we beseech
thee, O Lord. We entreat thee, O Lord, send prosperity! Send complete
recovery to the sick, avert the plague from Your world.
Please - G-d, You who have nourished us in famine and provided us with
plenty, You have removed us from pestilence, and freed us from severe and
long-lasting disease - Help us.
Until now, Your mercy has aided us and Your kindness has not abandoned us,
therefore we plead and request before You to heal us, Lord and we will be
healed, Save us and we will be saved, for You are our glory.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing before
you, O Lord, my rock and redeemer. As in the words of Psalm 121 "A song for
I turn my eyes to the mountains; from where will my help come? My help comes
from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot give
way; Your guardian will not slumber; see, the Guardian of Israel neither
slumbers nor sleeps! The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your protection
at your right hand. By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by
night. The Lord will guard you from all harm; He will guard your life. The
Lord will guard your going and coming now and forever."
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