The design for this papercut, so lovingly created by Marci Wiesel, brings to life the Prayer for Those Who Dwell in the Land of Israel. This Hebrew papercut expresses the beauty and richness of the Holy Land while embodying the age-old hope to return to the Land of Israel. Bold colors and a rich design, depicting the seven special fruits of Israel, native flowers and the theme of Jerusalem of Gold, all come together to illustrate this heartfelt prayer. A true Jewish artwork by Marci Wiesel, all the themes are connected together through the Torah, which illuminates the world and stimulates constant growth of the Jewish nation. The text of the prayer was found in Bigdei Yesha, by Tzadok HaRofeh, Jerusalem, 5648 (1888). This Judaica paper cut is also available with the text of the Prayer for the State of Israel.
Our G-d and G-d of our fathers, please help me to cherish Eretz Yisrael with all my heart, at all times, at every moment. Thus will I fulfill the mitzvah of settling Eretz Yisrael, as it is written, “And you shall dwell there…”
And may I be forever joyous in living here, filled with enthusiasm, like that of a child happy to be reunited with his mother. This is the way our father Avraham felt about being here, and I am, after all, one of his descendants. Bless me, please, with this quality, so that I may atone for all the sins and transgressions of my whole life; and even those of earlier existences, as in the wilderness, when I rejected the Land and caused grief for generations.
And may the move here and its difficulties be an atonement for my soul. May I dwell here until the coming of the Mashiach, speedily in our days, and may I cling to you in happiness. May I be among those of whom it is said, “Who is like your people Israel, one nation in the Land.”
Bathe my spirit in the holy light of the heavenly Eretz Yisrael so that I may grow in sanctity until I merit seeing the glory of the Lord with all the people of Israel. May I merit living in this Land, immersed in Torah and divine service praying without the distractions of this world.
Enable me to do Your will with alacrity, without weakness or laziness, to embrace at least this one of the 613 mitzvot with great fervor. As our rabbis said, “Anyone who does even one mitzvah fully, benefits much, enjoys long life, and inherits the Land.” And, through this one mitzvah will I merit all the others.
May I never have any need to leave the Land all the days of my life- not I, nor my children, nor my children’s children, forever. “For the Almighty will deliver Zion, rebuild the cities of Judah, and they will dwell in the Land and inherit it. The descendants of His servants will take over the Land, and those who love His name will live in it…”