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Prayer for Egypt, Its Leaders, Its Citizens, Its Supporters

Under the category of Things I Wish I Wrote, here is a Prayer for Egypt written by Alden Solovy. Alden is a talented liturgist, writes fabulous new prayers almost daily and posts them at www.tobendlight.com.  Adlen is also an award winning essayist and journalist, having written for daily, weekly and monthly newspapers, as well as magazines, e-newsletters and blogs. His short fiction has been published in the Jewish and secular press.  Alden has taught prayer writing classes to adults and teens and occasionally reads his works in performance settings.

For Egypt

G-d of All,
Protector and Redeemer,
Watch over the people of Egypt

As their nation faces struggle and strife

On the journey toward hope and promise.

Grant safety to its citizens and residents,
Visitors and guests,

During moments of unrest.

Grant wisdom and courage to its leaders,
Insight to its advisors,

And understanding to its friends.

Lead them on a path toward justice.

Direct them on the road to freedom.

Guide them on the way to prosperity.
Make them a shining light of peace.

Source and Shelter,

Grant safety and security to all nations,

So that truth and harmony resound
From the four corners of the earth.

Blessed are You, G-d of All,

Forging nations and peoples

In the crucible of change

Throughout history.

May this time of challenge for Egypt
Become a blessing for its inhabitants and for the world.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.


  1. Larry Kaufman says:

    Alden is also a member of the Kahal at Beth Emet, the Free Synagogue, which boasts at least three other liturgists whose work is included in Mishkan T'filah — Debbie Pearlman z"l, Rabbi David Polish z"l, and Rabbi Peter Knobel. In addition, http://www.betsysprayers.com has prayers more for individual inspiration than for communal use composed by our Betsy Fuchs. And we had the blessing of 18 years with Cantor Jeff Klepper, whose musical contributions to Reform liturgy are known to all, whether or not they know to attribute them to Jeff.

  2. Alden Solovy says:

    Beth Emet has been an amazing inspiration. I had all but stopped writing until I showed Rabbi Knobel a handful of short stories. He urged me to pick up my pen and gave me the bimah for inspiration. Along with Peter, Rabbi Andrea London has been a great advocate and advisor. And, as you can tell from the pride in his response to your post, so has Larry.

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