A Shemoneh-Esreh for Israel

In 2016/5776, T’ruah gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate in New York City to celebrate Yom HaAtzma’ut. The core of the service was a series of 19 blessings for the State of Israel, modeled on the weekday Amidah that Jews traditionally recite three times a day. Each blessing was written by a rabbi, cantor, or Jewish leader who attended the event. The other key part of the service was a public reading of Israel’d Declaration of Independence. The text of the 19 blessings, as well as the order of the service, are offered here as a model that can be replicated anywhere.

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