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Self Defense and Jewish Ideals, Are They Mutually Exclusive, for Gun Nuts

By Gabby for Gun Nuts

Jews and self defense, are the two mutually exclusive? Lets study some Jewish texts
Last week I was at Synagogue on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. This day is called Yom Kippur, or The Day of Repentance, and we generally observe it by fasting for 24 hours and praying for god to obsolve us of a years worth of sins.
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I was following the service along in my prayer book, when particular prayer caught my attention. This prayer is called "Shelter of Peace" and here is the translation I found at http://bit.ly/1eSvbVu :

"Lay us down to sleep in peace, Adonai our God, and raise us up, our King, to life; spread over us the shelter of Your peace. Guide us with Your good counsel, and save us for the sake of Your Name. Shield us from foe, plague, sword, famine and anguish. Remove wrongdoing from before us and behind us, and shelter us in the shadow of Your wings. For it is You, O God, Who protects and rescues us; it is You, O God, Who are our gracious and compassionate King. Safeguard our coming and our going, to life and to peace from now to eternity. Blessed are You, Adonai, Who spreads a shelter of peace over us, over all Your people Israel, and over Jerusalem."

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