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Independence Day

Rabbi Nachman of Breslav

Prayer for Peace

Lord of Peace

Divine Ruler, to whom peace belongs, he who makes peace

And is the creator of all things:


May it be your will

to put an end to war and bloodshed on earth

 and to bestow a great and wonderful peace over the world,

 ‘so that nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war anymore.’


Help us and save us all,

That we may cling tightly to the virtue of peace.

Let there be a truly great peace between each person and his fellow person,

and between husband and wife,

and let there be no discord between any people

even in their hearts.


And may every man love peace and pursue peace,

always in truth and with wholeheartedness,

 without holding on to any disputes ever again

and even towards those who contradict us.


May we never shame any person on earth,

great or small.

May it be granted unto us to fulfill the commandment to, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ with all our hearts, souls, bodies and possessions.


And let it come to pass in our time as it is written,

‘And I shall give peace in the land, and you shall lie down and none shall frighten you.

 I shall drive the wild beasts from the land,

And a sword shall not pass through your land.’

G-d who is peace, bless us with peace!

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