Yom Kippur and the Rabbi prayed for peace with regard Israel. This is particular to this year. Normally the country doesn't get a special mention.

It happened twice. The first time, it was generalised and I wasn't sure what he meant. For Israel because of suicide bombs or with Israel because they have attacked another sovereign country which inevitably widens active hostilities.

The second time he prayed that the leaders of Israel use judgement and wisdom in their decisions
and I understood. And I was glad. Humanitarian Jewish people need to condemn any country's acts which are overly zealous or war-mongering, acts which go against the 10 commandments and the teachings of the Rabbis - even if the acts are done "in our name".

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