National Guardsmen from Utah asked Jewish protesters to sing a prayer. by the Forward

WATCH: Protesters sing in Hebrew after National Guardsmen at White House request a prayer

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At the request of a National Guardsman from Utah, protestors sang a canonical Jewish plea for peace at protests outside the White House on Tuesday night, according to video from the scene.

“Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha, tasim l’olam,” sing multiple voices out of the frame, as three Guardsmen watch and one in particular grins throughout. “Grant abundant peace over your people Israel, forever,” the prayer beseeches God. It’s part of the Amidah, Judaism’s central prayer, said three times a day, and also often sung separately.

One of the protesters, Joshua Rosen, 27, later wrote this piece for the Forward about his experiences.

At the 8-second mark, the clip features a singer breaking into an enthusiastic refrain — “Tasim l’olam!” — and then it cuts off just as one of the group starts to suggest another song.

Helen Chernikoff is The Forward’s senior news editor. Contact her at or follower her on Twitter @thesimplechild


Helen Chernikoff

Helen Chernikoff

Helen Chernikoff is the Forward’s News Editor. She came to the Forward from The Jewish Week, where she served as the first web director and created both a blog dedicated to disability issues and a food and wine website. Before that, she covered the housing, lodging and logistics industries for Reuters, where she could sit at her desk and watch her stories move the stock market. Helen has a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University and a BA in History and French from Amherst College. She is also a rabbinical school dropout. Contact her at and follow her on Twitter at @thesimplechild.

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