The Chief Rabbi of Israel has designated prayers to be said on Yom HaAtzma’ut in Israel, although these prayers are not accepted all over the world. The Department of Torah Education has issued a manual called ‘Aikkun’ which contains the order of service for Yom HaAtzma’ut. In addition, many communities add prayers for the welfare of the State of Israel and the IDF (Israeli Defence Force).
Order of Service
- The service begins with Thanksgiving prayers (Psalm 107) and continues with selections from the Kabbalat Shabbat service (the service recited on Friday night) and Lecha Dodi prayers (also said on Shabbat).
- The evening service, Ma’ariv is then recited, followed by the first verse of the Shema.
- The Shofar is blasted and we say “Next year in Jerusalem”.
- The service is concluded with the singing of Shir Hama’alot and Ani ma’amin.
- During the morning service – Shacharit, the Hallel prayer is said in its shortened version, called Chetzi Hallel.
- We also say Yizkor (a prayer for the dead) for the martyrs of the Holocaust and War of Independence.
- Shehehiyanu and Al Ha’nisim prayers are becoming accepted in many communities.
Transliteration of Prayers
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheynu Melech ha’olam shehehiyanu ve’kiymanu ve’higiyanu la’zman ha’zeh
“Blessed are You, O Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who has kept us in life, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.”
Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam. Sheasa nisim la’avoteynu ba’yamim hahem ba’zman hazeh
“Blessed are You, O Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who wrought miracles for our fathers in the days of old, at this season.”