May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease...


May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease,

When a great peace will embrace the whole world.


Then nation will not threaten nation,

And [humanity] will not again know war.


For all who live on earth shall realize

We have not come into being to hate or to destroy.


We have come into being

To praise, to labor, and to love.


Compassionate God, bless the leaders of all nations

With the power of compassion.


Fulfill the promise conveyed in Scripture:


I will bring peace to the Land,

And you shall lie down, and no one shall terrify you.


I will rid the Land of vicious beasts

And it shall not be ravaged by war.


Let love and justice flow like a mighty stream.


Let peace fill the earth as the waters fill the sea.


And let us say:  Amen.


Adapted and translated from the Hebrew of Rabbi Nathan Sternhartz (1780-1845) Ukraine, from
Likutei Refillot, part two, 53.