Travelers Prayer - Tefilah Haderech

תפלת הדרך

This prayer is said when ever one goes on a trip or travels in any way. Physical travel or spiritual travel including meditations. The Halacha says any trip that takes longer than 72 minutes is considered a travel that should be protected by saying this prayer.

There are 5 verses in this Prayer. That is Keter, Chochmah, Binah, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. Including the title of the Prayer (Tephilah Haderech - Prayer for the Path), there are 63 words which relates to the Sephirah of Binah. Binah is relating to the feminine and also to motherhood, caring, and nurturing. There are 300 letters with the Colel. This connects to the Shin which is the Mother letter of the Left Column. This connects to Peace, to passion, and to energizing this prayer to achieve its goal, which is protection.

First Verse

יהי רצון מלפניך יהוה אלהינו ואלהי אבותינו שתוליכנו לשלום ותצעידנו לשלום ותדריכנו לשלום ותגיענו למחוז חפצנו לחיים ולשמחה ולשלום ותצילנו מכף כל אויב ואורב ולסטים וחיות רעות בדרך ומכל מיני פורעניות המתרגשות לבוא לעולם ותשלח ברכב בכל מעשה ידינו ותתננו לחן ולחסד ולרחמים בעיניךובעיני כל רואינו ותשמע קול תחנונינו כי אל שומע תפלה ותחנון אתה ברוך אתה יהוה שומע תפלה


Ye-hi ratson mil'fa-ne-cha Adonai elo-hei-nu vei-lo-hei avo-teinu sheh-toli-cheinu l'shalom v’ta-tzi-deinu l'shalom, v'tad-ri-cheinu l'shalom v'ta-gi-einu lim-choz chef-tseinu l'chayim ul-simcha ul-shalom. V'ta-tsi-leinu mikaf kol oyeiv v'oreiv v'listim v'cha-yot ra-ot ba-derech  u-mikol mi-nei fur-a-niyot ha-mit-ragshot lavo la-olam. V'tish-lach b'racha b'chol ma-asei ya-deinu v'tit-neinu l'chein ul-chesed ul-racha-mim be'ei-necha uv-einei chol ro-einu, v'tishma kol tacha-nu-neinu. Ki Eil sho-mei-a t'fi-lah v’ta-cha-nun a-tah. Ba-ruch a-tah Adonai sho-mei-a t'fi-lah.


May it be Your will, Eternal One, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, emplace our footsteps towards peace, guide us 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, bandits and wild animals along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to Earth. May You send blessing in our every handiwork, and grant us peace, kindness, and mercy in your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our supplication, because You are the God who hears prayer and supplications. Blessed are You, Eternal One, who hears prayer.

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