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Prayer from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner marking 100 years since the end of the First World War

At the centre of our cities, towns and villages there is always a monument. The pain of the First World War left a scar on every corner of our country and our world. Even when the guns fell silent 100 years ago, its legacy echoed on in the families who were left incomplete and with the new era of violence it heralded.

Our sages teach us that the one who stands highest is the one who makes peace between the nations. Harachaman – may it be the will of the All-Merciful that peace between the nations will be established in our time.

May our community join together with all other communities to ensure the memory of the millions lost in the Great War is sanctified by preventing such destruction from occurring again.

And may we strive to realise the vision of Isaiah – that nation shall not lift up sword against nation, never again shall they train for war.

May such be the divine will, Amen.

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