Free the Soldiers

A Passover Prayer for Israel’s Missing Soldiers


As we gather to celebrate this Festival of Freedom, let us recall
those who have their freedom denied to them.

As we sit with our families at our Seder Table, let us have in mind
those families whose table will not be complete.

As we tell the story of our ancestor’s exodus from slavery, let us
remember the Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped while protecting
Eretz Yisrael and are now sitting in captivity.

Our God and God of our ancestors, before we begin our Passover
Seder, we pray to you to have mercy and protect:

Gilad ben Aviva (Shalit)
Ehud ben Malka (Goldwasser)
Eldad ben Tova (Regev)
Zecharia Shlomo ben Miriam (Baumel)
Tzvi ben Penina (Feldman)
Yekutiel Yehuda Nachman ben Sara (Katz)
Ron ben Batya (Arad)
Guy ben Rina (Hever)

Redeem them from amongst the kidnapped, and take them from
slavery to freedom, from servitude to redemption, from darkness to
light, and fully heal their wounds. Give them courage and spirit and
strengthen their resilience.

Just as our Seder does not conclude until the Afikoman is found
and returned to our table, we hope and pray that these eight
soldiers will soon be returned safely to their families so that they
may taste the next Passover meal in freedom and with dignity.


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