היום שלשה עשר יום שהם שבוע אחד וששה יומים לעמר
Today is thirteen days, which is one week and six days, of the omer
A day of foundation in a week of strength
This is an important date to mark--the day President Obama confirmed the death of Osama Ben Laden. It will be known as an historically defining moment for the US--a true "Mission Accomplished," not the one staged by President Bush in 2003.
While I now mark this date in this blog, I have no thoughts to share about what has happened. I have no special insight into what this means in the US, in the World--now, and going forward. What I do feel is the need for a prayer; a prayer of thanks, a prayer of support, a prayer of peace. And I've found a prayer to share in Hours of Devotion, a book of prayers by Fanny Neuda, first published in its original German 1854. In 2007, Dinah Berland these prayers and adapted to verse with heart and soul into English.
Here are two verses of Fanny & Dinah's "For the Leaders of Our Country:"
Bless the honored servants of our country,The officials and advisorsWho stand at our leader's side,So that all that passes through their handsFor the nation's benefit might thrive.Let no turmoil rattle the gates of our landAnd let no evil intentions disturb it.Rather, let only love and trustCome to those who govern.Support and further their noble efforts.May your blessing and mercyBe with all those who serve our country,Whether they serve with their might or their minds--Those who uphold the law, those who spread truth,Those who further knowledge, those who attend to art,Those who preserve the peace, and thoseWho increase our country's honor and well-being.Send your heavenly blessing to them all,So they might receive just reward for their efforts.May joy and good fortune accompany their stepsAnd guide the work of their hands for their welfareAnd for the well-being of us all. Amen
כן יהי רצון
May it be so