My Heartfelt Prayer for Israel 5780

Written for Yom Haatzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, this Prayer for Israel is for all who love Israel and Peace by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Thank you God for Israel and hear my Prayers for Israel. Thank you God everyday for the miracle of Israel that my ancestors longed and prayed for. Thank you for the miraculous salvation and the start of the Great redemption of Israel and the world.

Protect Israel from Enemies

God, protect the defenders of our Sacred land armed with rifles and prayer books. Protect Israel from baseless hatred from our enemies and ourselves.

God, Raise up Israel as a light unto the nations bringing peace and salvation to the world.

God, although we are not deserving, we are impatient. The birth pangs of Redemption are painful and we pray for an end of these 2,000 years of waiting.

Gather us Together

Lift up our weary spirits. Fulfill your promise today. Gather the rest of your dispersed children of Israel who are spread to four corners of the Earth. Gather those who are spiritually distant. Gather those who have forgotten You. Gather those who don’t know who they really are. Gather those who love You and those who don’t recognize You. 

God, You show us the signs of this impending redemption with Israel’s flowering, miraculous technology, and the bountiful harvest. Look God and see what I see — the hills and valleys, study halls and houses of prayer, rising buildings and tech start-ups — Israel is blooming. The barren sand is turning to soil. The fertile land overflowing with ripe fruit and fragrant honey. Your precious and Holy Torah once again emanates from Zion to the rest of the world.

God, make this the appointed time. Sound the great shofar for the redemption. Raise the banner of freedom; raise the banner of liberation; raise the banner of justice; gather us today from the ends of the Earth. Please God, resist being dissuaded by our nar

row vision because deep down we know Israel is our spiritual home. You know because You engraved it on our hearts. Our souls yearn for home. Our souls year for redemption. Our souls yearn for peace and unity, for harmony and salvation. Redeem Your people. Why make us wait any longer? 

Blessed are You, who gathers together the dispersed People of Israel. Amen, selah.

Based on Rabbi Yonah Bookstein’s book Prayers for Israel

Guide To Making Your Home Kosher for Passover

Updated for 2020, this handy guide has been downloaded thousands of times. Provides easy to follow and realistic goals for making your home Kosher for Passover – without compromising on Jewish law and customs.

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The 10 Minute Seder

If You Have To Rush Through The Seder — Use This Free Haggadah!

Here is the dilemma. You want to do a proper Seder, but due to the pandemic, some tired kids, or for whatever reason, you need to get the Seder done with efficiently. It’s not ideal – but it happens. The problem is that we realized is that people end up skipping essential parts of the Seder, because most Hagaddahs will not tell you what you can skip.

With this in mind I created the 10 Minute Haggadah originally in 2012. I have now updated it, and it’s a Kosher seder for those short on time.

This Haggadah is two pages long and you download it and print it out at home, or get it copied. I originally put this Hagaddah together for “Matzachella”, our Shabbat Tent Coachella Seder.

Everything that MUST be said or done at the Seder is included in The 10 Minute Seder. In addition some favorites are included like Dayeinu. Even if you will use another Haggadah, check out the Ten Minute Seder!

Here is an excerpt:

1. What’s up with the matzah? 2. What’s the deal with horseradish? 3. What’s with the dipping of the herbs? 4. What’s this whole chilling at the table business?

We were slaves in Egypt. God took us out with awesome miracles. Had God not taken us out of Egypt, then what? We, and our children, and grandchildren would still be slaves in Egypt! So, even if we were all great Torah scholars, we would still have to tell about the Exodus from Egypt. The more we talk about this the better – but God I’m short on time!

The Torah reflects upon four types of kids: One Wise, One Evil, One Simple, and One Who Doesn’t Know How To Ask. GUIDE the wise one through the obligations of Passover. TELL the Evil One, we need you to be part of our people. EXPLAIN to the Simple One, “with a strong hand God brought us out of Egypt.” ENGAGE the one who doesn’t know how to ask, make that child feel comfortable, and tell them about the Exodus.