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Tefilat HaDerech


Tefilat HaDerech Before starting out on a journey it is expected to say a special prayer that will request a safe return from it. Thus Tefilat HaDerech- Traveler's Prayer is the traditional Jewish prayer for a safe journey, recited at the onset of a trip outside one's city. In this prayer the prayer asks G-d to be protected from enemy, ambush, bandits, or wild animals on the way. Usually when a number of people are traveling together for one person recites the prayer aloud and the travelers answer Amen at the end to be included in the prayer. According to the Talmud the Traveler's Prayer should be recited on the onset of the travel just when one starts of a journey. Each person is required to recite Tefilat HaDerech whenever he takes a long-distance journey or outside of a walled city. As every trip involves a certain degree of danger it does not matter how one travels: by foot, car, train, ship, railroad or airplane. Even if one is traveling inside the city but to a dangerous place it is preferable to recite Tefilat HaDerech. It is a custom to have the traveler's prayer with oneself while travelling thus many articles, from key-holders to pieces of jewelry, such as pendants and bracelets, were designed with the whole or an excerpt of the Tefilat HaDerech printed, embossed, or engraved on them. We have put together a collection of items with the prayer for safe traveling for you to choose from and give as meaningful gifts to friends and family before they travel. Translation; May it be Your will, 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, Adonai, Who hears prayer.

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