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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Prayer For the Queen and Royal Family at Synagogue


East Melbourne Synagogue

The first time I attended synagogue was in 1985 in Melbourne at the old East Melbourne Synagogue when I was 21. At Melbourne University I had become friends with a young Jewish man who had become a Baali Teshuvah and returned to the practice of Orthodox Judaism. He invited me to come with him to a Jewish wedding at the East Melbourne Synagogue.

 As an avid royalist I was very impressed to see the Prayer for the Queen and the Royal Family on marble tablets near the Ark.  If my memory is correct the prayer for the Royalty was in English on one side of the Ark and in Hebrew on the other side. I was equally pleased later when I attended the Sabbath service and the only prayer read in English in the Shul was the prayer for the Queen and the Royal Family. In this very Anglo-Jewish synagogue where the rabbi ( Rabbi Mattus Honig) wore long black robes and a black pill box hat I felt very much at home. I recently came across some photos on Flickr of the East Melbourne Synagogue including the English prayer for the Queen and Royal Family.

I have very fond memories of Rabbi Honig and the way he led the Hebrew Synagogue service in a sedate Anglican-style way in his black  priest-like robe. He seemed so graceful as he approached the Ark as if he was about to unveil the Holy of Holies itself. The congregants were Orthodox but in the English way rather than the strict Eastern European manner. The women did not wear wigs but had their natural grey hair which they covered with a hat during the services. The women also shook ones hands unlike the more frum Jews who I was to become involved with later that year (1985) through the Melbourne University Rabbi Michael Katz. The men carried their umbrellas and prayer books to Shul on the Sabbath and some of them caught the tram there. Rabbi Honig died in 1996 and was the last of the old-style Anglo-Jewish rabbis.


The Synagogue today

Jewish Prayer For the Royal Family

May he who dispenseth salvation unto kings, and dominion unto princes; whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, who delivered his servant David from the destructive sword, who maketh a way in the sea, and a path through the mighty waters; may he bless, preserve, guard, assist, exalt, and highly aggrandize, our most gracious Sovereign Lady, QUEEN ELIZABETH; ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER; PHILLIP DUKE OF EDINBURGH: CHARLES PRINCE OF WALES, and all the royal family. May the supreme King of kings, through his infinite mercy, preserve them, grant them life, and deliver them from all manner of trouble and danger. May the supreme King of kings, exalt and highly aggrandize her, and grant her long and prosperous to reign. May the supreme King of kings through his infinite mercy, inspire her, and all her councillors and nobles with benevolence towards us, and all Israel our brethren. In her days and in ours, may Judah be saved, Israel dwell in safety, and the Redeemer come unto Zion; may such be the divine will, and let us say, Amen. 
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