O God and God of our ancestors
receive our prayer for this land that we love.
Pour out Your blessing on this nation and its government.
Give those who serve our country
appreciation for the Torah's principles of justice and peace.
Help them to see Your face in every constituent.
Cultivate in them, and in us,
awareness that we are all one family
obligated to care for each other with compassion.
Banish hatred from our hearts
and from the hearts of our elected officials.
Help us to make this country a light unto the nations.
May it be Your will
our God and God of our generations
that this nation be a blessing to all who dwell on earth.
Help us to enact the words of Your prophet:
“Nation shall not lift up sword against nation.
Neither shall they learn war anymore." And let us say: Amen.
I wrote this for the Days of Awe machzor several years ago. I'm re-sharing it again today, in hope.