Special Jewish prayer for the death of Queen Elizabeth II

"Her affection for the Jewish people ran deep, and her respect for our values was palpable," Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
Greville Janner presents the Queen with a menorah at the Jewish Commonwealth Leaders Conference, December 1982. Greville Janner (born 1928) was President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the main representative body of British Jewry, from 1978 to 1984. He has been involved in efforts to seek compensation and restitution for Holocaust victims, and helped arrange the 1997 London Nazi Looted Gold conference. He was Chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Employment from 1994-1996. (Photo by Jewish Chronicle/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

The Chief Rabbi of England has issued a special prayer for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Every week in synagogue, we have prayed for her welfare, wellbeing and wisdom, and she never let us down,” Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said in a statement.

“Her affection for the Jewish people ran deep, and her respect for our values was palpable. In life she was rightly admired and loved the word over; in death may her memory and legacy be for an everlasting blessing.”

Prayer on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Lord of the Universe, the supreme King of Kings in Heaven and on earth.

We, the members of this holy congregation, together with all the communities of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, deeply mourn the passing of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth II, who has gone to her eternal rest.

In an age of profound change, she signified order and justice; and in times of tension, she offered generosity of spirit.

A defender of faith with an unfailing sense of duty, she was a steadfast guardian of liberty, a symbol of unity and a champion of justice in all the lands of her dominion.

Clothed in strength and dignity She spoke with wisdom and the law of kindness was on her tongue. She watched over the ways of her nation, and never ate the bread of idleness.

In life, she was a most gracious monarch, who occupied a throne of distinction and honour.

In death, may her legacy inspire the nations of the world to live together in righteousness and in peace.

May You grant Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II perfect rest for evermore under the protective cover of your Divine wings And let us say: Amen.

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