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What do you see?
We can see the words ‘Prayer for the Queen and the Royal Family.’ What do you see?
What do we know?
This is a printed prayer for the Queen and the Royal Family. It would have been recited in synagogue as part of the prayer service on a Saturday Morning. There has long been a tradition in Judaism to say a prayer on behalf of the ruling party, government or monarch of the country in which the community is living. It is a way of acknowledging the support the community has received and giving thanks on behalf of the community. However, this prayer is not a formalised part of the service in every country or community.
What do we wonder?
We might wonder if any member of the Royal family has been to a synagogue service? We might wonder if there are similar traditions in other countries where there are Jewish communities? What do you wonder?
Read the translation of the prayer. In your own words, what do you think it means?
Why might this prayer be significant to many British Jews?