Ben-Tzion Spitz
Former Chief Rabbi of Uruguay

New suggested prayer text for our kidnapped boys

Dr. Avi Shmidman (Hebrew Literature Department, Bar-Ilan University) and I have composed a short prayer for our kidnapped boys. The prayer was written as an insert into a thrice daily prayer where we plead with God to hear our prayers (Shema Koleinu).

Full English version:

Merciful Father, hear our voices and favor our prayers with your bountiful compassion. Do not turn us away empty-handed.

Please, God, our sons have been snatched up from their roads of sincerity and from their paths of pleasantry; their whereabouts are not known.  

Please, God, heed the cry of your captives, and unbind the chains of your sons, Yaakov Naftali son of Rachel Devora, Gil-Ad Micha’el son of Bat Galim, and Eyal son of Iris Teshura.

Please, God, deliver them on eagles’ wings, raise them atop your feathers, and return them in the blink of an eye to the bosom of their families, to the land for which they long, their bodies unharmed, their spirits unbroken.

Be gracious with us, answer us, and hear our prayers. For it is your nature to heed the prayers of all your people.

Below is a plain Hebrew version:

We’ve also printed cards with the Hebrew prayer available at no cost to schools, synagogues, camps and others. If you are interested in them, please write to and include your mailing address and how many cards you would like.


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About the Author
Ben-Tzion Spitz is the former Chief Rabbi of Uruguay. He is the author of six books of Biblical Fiction and hundreds of articles and stories dealing with biblical themes. He is the publisher of Torah.Works, a website dedicated to the exploration of classic Jewish texts, as well as TweetYomi, which publishes daily Torah tweets on Parsha, Mishna, Daf, Rambam, Halacha, Tanya and Emuna. Ben-Tzion is a graduate of Yeshiva University and received his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
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