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Should We Daven for President Trump?

Question: Should we Daven for President Donald Trump, who is sick with Corona?

Answer: The answer is divided into three parts.

A.   Firstly, do we pray for non-Jews?  Ha-Rav Ovadiah Yosef already answered this question regarding a Druze soldier in Tzahal who was killed.   He says it is certainly permissible, and is even a Mitzvah as it says in Sefer Chasidim (beginning of Siman #790).  And he also brings as a proof from the Yerushalmi (Megillah 3:7) that on Purim we say: "May Charvorna be remembered for good", since he spoke out against the hater of Israel – Haman, and this is true all the more so for the Druze soldiers who risk their lives to protect the Nation of Israel.  It is a Mitzvah to pray for their souls (Shut Yabia Omer Vol. 10, Yoreh Deah #55.  Chazon Ovadiah - Avelut Volume 3, p. 238).  Rav Ovadiah also rules this way for a convert to Daven for his non-Jewish parents (Shut Yechaveh Daat 6:60). 

Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievsky also ruled that one may Daven for his non-Jewish neighbor who was sick (Derech Sicha Volume 1, p. 544).

By the way, Ha-Rav Kanievsky is also ill with Corona, and we should certainly Daven for him: Shematyahu Yosef Chaim Ben Pesha Miriam (without a title since there is no haughtiness before Hashem.  Sefer Chadisim #800.  Birkei Yosef, Yoreh Deah 240:4.  And Ha-Rav Avraham Dov Auerbach, Av Beit Din of Tiveria, once wrote me a Teshuvah and at the end added a request to Daven for his great father, and wrote: "Shlomo Zalman Ben Tzvia", without a title, even though his father was Gadol Ha-Dor.  Brought in Shut Hagrada, p. 64).

By the way, I was asked: Is President Trump the #1 person sick with Corona?  And I answered: It is possible to say this about Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski Shlit"a.  One is the highest political leader and the other is the highest spiritual leader.  And what determines history - politics or the spirit?  The spirit!

B.   Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, Rav of Ramat Elchanan in Bnei Brak, was already asked if one may Daven for President Trump's recovery, and he responded that one is OBLIGATED to do so, as gratitude for his support of Israel, moving the US Embassy to Yerushalayim, recognizing the Jewish communities in Yesha and the Golan, etc.

C.   The final question is where to Daven for him since the Mi She-Berach for the ill includes the phrase "With all of Israel his brothers".  When the Governor of Connecticut, Ella Grasso, was ill with cancer the local Rabbis asked Ha-Rav Yosef Soloveichik if they could recite a Mi She-Berach for her.  He answered that they could, but not with the same prayer since that prayer is for all Jews.  He wrote a special Mi She-Berach for her, and said that one should say her first and last name, and not her mother's name, which is the way that Jews are identified.

Ha-Rav Avigdor Nevenzal, Rav of the Old City, however, wrote to us that a non-Jew could be mentioned after that phrase.  And Ha-Rav Zilberstein added that President Trump should be referred to with his father's name: Donald Jon Ben Fred Trump.

Each person should follow his local Rabbi's ruling.