Jewish prayer for travel

Jewish prayer for travel is a unique way to express the feeling of going somewhere new. Traveling can be scary and exciting at the same time, and it can also make you feel like you’re far away from home. Jewish prayers for travel are designed to help us feel closer to God while we’re out on the road.

The first step in praying for travel is to take a moment to thank God before you get on your plane or train or car, depending on how you’re getting there. This can be done in any way that feels right for you: maybe quietly, maybe out loud with friends or family members who are traveling with you. It’s important not to rush this step because it helps calm your nerves by reminding yourself that God is with you no matter where life takes you!

The next step is asking God for protection during your travels. Asking for protection sounds like an easy thing—but when we’re in unfamiliar territory (or even when we aren’t), it can be hard not to worry about what might happen next! That’s why this part of prayer is so important: it helps us stay grounded by reminding us that no matter what happens during our trip, God will protect us from harm and keep us safe from harm.”

The Jewish prayer for travel is a short and sweet blessing that you can say before hitting the road. It’s a great way to start your trip off right, and give yourself some extra protection during your travels.

The prayer recited is called Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-olam, which means “Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe.” The prayer also includes the phrase “who has chosen us from among all peoples.”

This prayer serves as a reminder that we’re traveling not just for ourselves but also for God. We’re taking time away from our normal lives to explore the world, and so it’s important to acknowledge that we are doing so in His name.

Tefilat Haderech, The Traveler’s Prayer

The Traveler’s Prayer — also known as the Wayfarer’s Prayer or Tefilat Haderech in Hebrew — is a prayer said at the onset of a journey. It is customary to recite when one embarks on a long trip, regardless of the mode of transport. The prayer asks God to deliver the traveler safely, to protect them from any dangers or perils they may encounter along the way, and to return them in peace.

Traditionally the prayer is recited after the onset of the journey. Some say it should be said after departing the city limits.

Traveler’s Prayer in English Translation

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.

Traveler’s Prayer in Hebrew (courtesy of Sefaria)

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְפָנֶיךָ יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ,
שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַדְרִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם, וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם,
וְתַגִּיעֵנוּ לִמְחוֹז חֶפְצֵנוּ לְחַיִּים וּלְשִׂמְחָה וּלְשָׁלוֹם.
אם דעתו לחזור מיד אומר וְתַחְזִירֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם
וְתַצִּילֵנוּ מִכַּף כָּל אוֹיֵב וְאוֹרֵב וְלִסְטִים וְחַיּוֹת רָעוֹת בַּדֶּרֶךְ,
וּמִכָּל מִינֵי פֻּרְעָנֻיּוֹת הַמִּתְרַגְּשׁוֹת לָבוֹא לָעוֹלָם,
וְתִתְּנֵנוּ לְחֵן וּלְחֶסֶד וּלְרַחֲמִים בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּבְעֵינֵי כָל רֹאֵינוּ,
כִּי אל שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה וְתַחֲנוּן אַתָּה.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה לפי נוסח ספרד יי שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה:
כִּי מַלְאָכָיו יְצַוֶּה לָךְ לִשְׁמָרְךָ בְּכָל דְרָכֶיךָ:
יי יִשְׁמָר צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם:
וְיַעֲקֹב הָלַךְ לְדַרְכּוֹ וַיִּפְגְּעוּ בוֹ מַלְאֲכֵי אֱלֹהִים.
וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב כַּאֲשֶׁר רָאָם ר”ת רפאל אוריאל מיכאל:
מַחֲנֵה אֱלֹהִים זֶה, וַיִּקְרָא שֵׁם הַמָּקוֹם הַהוּא מַחֲנָיִם.
יְבָרֶכְךָ יי וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ:
יָאֵר יי פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ:
יִשָּׂא יי פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם:

Traveler’s Prayer in Transliteration

Y’hi ratzon milfanecha Adonai Eloheinu ve-lohei avoteinu she-tolichenu l’shalom v’tatz’idenu l’shalom, v’tism’chenu l’shalom, v’tadrichenu l’shalom, v’tagi’enu limchoz cheftzenu l’chayim ul’simha ul’shalom. V’tatzilenu mi-kaf kol oyev v’orev v’listim v’chayot ra-ot ba-derech, u-mi-kol min-ei pur’aniyot hamitrag’shot la-vo la-olam. V’tishlach b’racha b’chol ma’a’se yadeinu v’tit’neinu l’chen ul’chesed ul’rachamim b’einecha uv’einei kol ro-einu. V’tishma kol tachanuneinu ki el sho-me-ah t’fila v’tachanun ata. Baruch ata Adonai sho-me’a t’fila.

Our Lady of the Highways,
I call on you in my journeys
To make my path a holy one,
A safe one—
One both righteous and beautiful.
May I meet on my journey fellow pilgrims
To share my psalms,
As well as the broken and disconsolate,
That I may bless them in body and soul.
Holy Mary,
With thee I pray for all who travel
Under burning sun or through driving rain,
Through a teeming city or a barren wilderness,
Over treacherous waters to unknown shores.
May they find shelter along the way,
Food for the journey,
Compassion in the hearts of those they meet,
And safe harbor at the crooked road’s end.
Reflect the Creator’s shining grace onto all our paths, Blessed Mother.
May all our journeys lead us closer to God.
Amen

If you’ve ever been on a long road trip, you know how important it is to have a prayer for the road. The Jewish people have a tradition of praying for protection and safety while traveling that dates back many centuries. So whether you’re driving across country or just going to the mall, here are some great prayers for travel:

Blessed be He who has created the divine chariot for His people Israel so that we may ride upon it as upon a horse, in peace and security, from one end of the world to another. Blessed are You, O Lord our God and King of the Universe, who shapes light with His word, and directs darkness before us. Blessed are You, O Lord our God and King of the Universe, who rides upon the clouds of heaven like a conqueror; blessed are You O Lord our God and King of the Universe who rides upon an eagle and descends upon Mount Sinai; blessed are You O Lord our God and King of the Universe who rides upon a lion; blessed are You O Lord our God and King of the Universe who rides upon a cherubim; blessed are You O Lord our God and King of the Universe

As you can see, there are many different prayers for travel. The most important thing is to make sure you have a prayer that is meaningful to you so that it can help you feel more at ease when traveling.

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