Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tefilat haderech, the Jewish prayer for travelers




It is a very Hebrew custom to request Hashem's blessings when undertaking a travel.The Patriachs always asked Hashem to turn their venture into a success.

Why pray when being on a trip?



The text (Hebrew and translation) 


יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ וֵא-לֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַדְרִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַגִּיעֵנוּ לִמְחוֹז חֶפְצֵנוּ לְחַיִּים וּלְשִֹמְחָה וּלְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצִּילֵנוּ מִכַּף כָּל אוֹיֵב וְאוֹרֵב וְלִסְטִים וְחַיּוֹת רָעוֹת בַּדֶּרֶךְ וּמִכָּל מִינֵי פֻּרְעָנִיּוֹת הַמִּתְרַגְּשׁוֹת לָבוֹא לָעוֹלָם וְתִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵֹה יָדֵינוּ, וְתִתְּנֵנוּ לְחֵן וּלְחֶסֶד וּלְרַחֲמִים בְעֵינֶיךָ וּבְעֵינֵי כָל רוֹאֵינוּ וְתִשְׁמַע קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנֵינוּ. כִּי אֵ-ל שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה וְתַחֲנוּן אָתָּה: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה.

May it be Your will, Lord, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You, Lord, Who hears prayer.

The answer is quite obvious! Put the Almighty in everything you are doing and your life will be a success!

Also note that, each time we are traveling ( even when the road seems familiar to us), we are taking some risks. Requesting the blessing from Above is making our way SAFE.

Of course we would request to be led in peace, in joy and to be saved from any enemy who would accidentally cross our way.

May we recognize the God of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaa'kov on our path. Our wonderful Lord is the One who grants us peace, joy, life. May our hands be raise in praise as we count His numerous blessings. Amen. 

Listen to Tefilat haderech and be at peace, for He leads your way, always.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling


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