Tefilat Ha'derekh, The Traveler's Prayer

A Jewish prayer that asks for a safe journey.

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Just as Judaism offers prayers of thanks to God for allowing us to wake up in the morning, giving us food and drink, even the ability to use the bathroom, it also has a prayer that asks for a safe journey.

This prayer, known as the "Traveler's Prayer" or the "Wayfarer Prayer," is called "Tefilat Ha'derekh" in Hebrew.

The Traveler's Prayer

(Reprinted with permission from The Rabbinical Assembly, p. 713 of Siddur Sim Shalom)

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Transliteration of the Traveler's Prayer:

Y'hi ratzon milfanekha Adonai Eloheinu velohei avoteinu shetolikhenu l'shalom v'tatz'idenu l'shalom v'ti'smihaynu l'shalom, v'tagienu limhoz heftzenu l'hayim ul-simha ul’shalom. V'takhziranu l'baitanu l'shalom. V'tatzilenu mi’kaf kol oyev v'orev v'ason ba’derekh, u’mi’kol minei pur'aniyot ha-mitrag'shot la’vo la’olam. V'tishlah b'rakha b'khol ma'a'se yadeinu v'tit'nenu l'hen ul’hesed ul’rahamim b'einekha uv’einei khol ro'einu. V'tishma kol tahanuneinu ki El shomea t'fila v'tahanun ata. Barukh ata Adonai sho'me'a t'fila.

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