Sivan Rahav Meir wrote:

Rami Goren found a prayer that his grandfather Rav Shlomo Goren—who was the Chief Rabbi of the IDF from 1948-1968—composed for the safe return of prisoners captured in the Yom Kippur War 50 years ago. Rami revised his grandfather's prayer a little, feeling that we could benefit from reciting it now:

May the One who blessed our forefathers, Avraham, Yitzchak and
Ya'akov, Moshe, Aharon, David and Shlomo, may He bless and protect and
rescue our dear sons and daughters, soldiers of the IDF, and all
others fighting for the security of our nation and our land and our
citizens—young and old, men, women and children—who are in terrible
distress and subject to grave danger in captivity. May the Holy One
blessed be He be filled with compassion for them, sustain them and
strengthen them, revive their spirit and their hope, rescue them from
captivity, bring them from constriction to comfort, from being
hostages to redemption, and may the Lord send healing from heaven to
the wounded among them, healing of the body and of the soul and may
all of them return quickly to their homes and to their land, healthy
and whole, for long life and for peace, and may the words of the
prophet come true for them: “To bind the wounded of heart, to proclaim
release of the captives.”
Is this a halachically appropriate prayer to utter?
  • What is wrong with saying such a prayer? Everyone can compose and say one (there is even a special place in the shmonei esrei for it) - even more so when composed by a great man such as R Goren. Can you say more about your are concerned about?
    – mbloch
    Oct 22, 2023 at 15:46


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