As we honor America on this anniversary of its establishment as a free nation, let us remember that our freedom is maintained by those who put their lives on the line in defense of their nation. Please pray for the welfare of our brave soldiers who are, right now, in harm’s way in far-flung battlefields around the world. Let us honor their sacrifice by being thankful and appreciative of what they do. Let us return to the values on which this great country was founded.
May America always affirm its allegiance to the Creator of the Universe. May this country always be blessed with divine protection and endure forever.
About the Author:Reuven Mann is the of the Young Israel of Phoenix, Arizona. Rabbi Mann can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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