Prayer For Our Soldiers

It has always bothered me, that numerous Orthodox synagogues refused to say the prayer for the welfare of the soldiers of the Israel Defence Forces.

One very bad explanation for this was that the army was mixed between men and women, and promiscuous behavior often evolves. Another bad explanation is the so called “Daas Torah,” that supposedly represents the authentic view of the accepted rabbis, did not authorize it. This view assumes that the rabbis of the national religious camp, such as the followers of Rav Kook, are not as authentic as their rabbis.

It has also been disappointing that in most Chabad synagogues, the recitation of a chapter of Psalms, is a substitute for paying tribute to our brave soldiers.

The current situation following the horrific atrocities of October 7th, should be a reason to demand that every Shule must say the prayer for our soldiers, as well as the prayer for the State of Israel.

The way our soldiers are going out to battle, is in line with the Torah. They are given an inspiring talk from their commanders, which is followed by prayers, and the recitation of Shema Yisrael.

Many rabbis have compared the uniform of the IDF, to the priestly garments worn in the Temple. The Jewish people were in great danger, and our brave soldiers have been fighting with enormous faith and courage to protect ALL of the Jewish people.

The least we can do is pray for their welfare. We must demand this of every rabbi, and every synagogue all over the world.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at