Together with millions of Dutch people celebrating the coronation of Willem-Alexander as Holland’s new king on Tuesday, the nation’s Jews celebrated this historic day in their own way – with a special prayer and an ancient traditional blessing.
The prayer, which has been distributed among the Jewish communities of Holland in recent days, states: “May He Who grants salvation to kings and dominion to rulers; Whose Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; Who releases his servant David from the evil sword; Who places a path in the sea and a passageway in the mighty waters – may He bless, guard, protect, exalt, raise up and elevate the king, Willem-Alexander, may his glory be magnified.”
This prayer, which was distributed in both Hebrew and Dutch, will be said by Holland’s Jews in their synagogues every Shabbat during the Shacharit morning services.
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