A young girl’s prayer for Israel: No more war!

As Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi so passionately expressed,                                                                לִבִּי בְמִזְרָח וְאָנֹכִי בְּסוֹף מַעֲרָב

When I was a young girl,

not many years after The Six Day War, I composed this Poem For Israel, to the tune of Exodus* as a prayer for peace.  I found myself singing it, and it seems to be calling to be heard.

God Gave This Land To Me!

G-d gave this land, this ancient land to me.

And not to fight my enemy

But to use our hearts and souls

And to study Torah scrolls

Is Why G-d gave me this land.

G-d, King of the Universe

Gave me this land not to be cursed

But to care for others

Daughters, sons, wives, and mothers

Because they lost their fathers, husbands,

In the war.

And those children, wives, and mothers

Have no love for any others.


G-d gave this land, this ancient land to me

And not to fight all those others

Because those others are our brothers

So they’re not my enemies.

And if we study Torah scrolls

And use our hearts and souls

Those sons, sisters, wives, and mothers

Will have some fathers, husbands, and brothers

And we would not have to fight

Those Others…   who are our


Herzl -Mini Israel Park, Israel. credit: Miriam Leah

May the young child in us never give up hope!

May we and our children and our children’s children know love and peace!   


Miriam Leah

*Exodus Movie’s Main Theme

About the Author
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil grew up in the midwest, but her heart has always been in Israel! She began playing piano by ear when she was six years old, and by age seven was already studying piano seriously. Her musicality and passion for music were remarkable from an early age. She and the piano are inseparable! Music fills her life and home. Miriam Leah has composed pieces for piano, piano and voice, and many Niggunim. Her poetry is unique, each poem stands on its own yet becomes greater within her collection of poems. All universal. She utilizes her writing to engage people in thought, stir discussion, share insights, support causes, bring forth truths, educate, and inspire souls. She has taught Judaics and Jewish music extensively in Jewish Day schools for many years. Miriam Leah combines her love of music and creative writing with her devotion to Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel, through her writing of Divrei Torah and advocating for Jewish values and Israel.
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