Monday, September 08, 2008

They Grow Up So Fast

My father ע"ה once told me that when he was little and a relative of his was in the military during wartime (it may have been WWII, but that's doubtful because he was 3 years old when it ended) they used to wake up in the morning, do négelvasser (hand-washing), and say a prayer for the relative in the military.

I wish I knew what that prayer was.

I only taught high school for two years (up until a year ago, when i went back to school myself), but I now have a former student in the United States Army, and he's shipping off to ‘Irāq sometime in the next two weeks.

Oh. My. God.


Blogger Gandalin said...


Don't freak out. He is going with the best, to do a difficult but honorable task, and more than 500,000 American soldiers have been there before him and returned just fine. Keep praying. Right after negelvasser, just pray for him in your words, I guess this is a moment of purity, after washing off the detritus of the night, before the fingers have been soiled during the day. It is a liminal moment. The gates are open. May your prayers be fulfilled for good. For your student, and for all Yisroel. And for all mankind.

9/10/2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger Lion of Zion said...

there is a yiddish tkhine from the wwI period for mothers (relatives) of soldiers, but i'm not sure if it's what you're looking for in terms of content.

i'm sure you could come up with something appropriate and original

9/11/2008 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) You can have in mind in regularly recited prayers, אחינו כל בית ישראל comes to mind, for one example.


9/14/2008 8:27 PM  
Blogger Elie said...

Our shul recites the latter (O-U link) prayer for the US army every Shabbos, as well as the ones for the Israeli army, US government, and Israeli government. That's called covering all the bases!

9/15/2008 10:35 AM  

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