Reb Nosson’s Peace Prayer

I won’t be blogging for a while, so I thought I’d leave this as a last post:

Lord of Peace, Divine Ruler, to whom peace belongs!

Master of Peace, Creator of all things!

May it be your will to put an end to war and bloodshed on earth, and to spread a great and wonderful peace over the whole world, so that nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

Help us and save us all and let us cling tightly to the virtue of peace. Let there truly be great peace between every person and their fellow, and between husband and wife, and let there be no discord between people even in their hearts.

Let us never shame any person on earth, great or small. May it be granted unto us to fulfill your commandment to “love your fellow as yourself” with all of our hearts and souls and bodies and possessions.

And let it come to pass in our time as it is written, “And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down and none shall make you afraid, I will drive the wild beasts from the land, and neither shall the sword go through your land.”

God who is peace, bless us with peace!

-Reb Nosson of Breslov (main disciple of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov)

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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