Prayers for Peace from Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions

On September 21 we commemorate the International Day of Peace. In these challenging and uncertain times, the importance of peace cannot be overstated. To mark this special day, we are delighted to share with you three heartfelt prayers for peace that we, at Masorti Olami, have chosen and translated into six different languages.

In Hebrew, the word peace – 'Shalom' - derives its root from 'shalem' (wholeness) and ‘shlemut’ (completeness), and this connection is no coincidence. It reminds us that true wholeness and perfection can only be achieved when there is peace.

Our tradition teaches us an essential lesson through the Mishnah in Chapters Avot Chapter 1:12. It speaks of Aaron the High Priest, who was known for his love of peace:

Hillel and Shammai received [the oral tradition] from them. Hillel used to say: be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving mankind, and drawing them close to the Torah.

He was not only a proponent of peace but also actively worked towards it, all driven by his profound love for humanity.

As we commemorate this day, let us aspire to be disciples of Aaron, individuals who cherish peace and actively strive to foster it within ourselves and among our fellow human beings.

May peace reign in our hearts, and may we be instruments of peace in the world.

Be’birkat Shalom,

Rabbi Mauricio Balter

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