https://opensiddur.org/?p=51516 Birthday Prayer, by Julia M. Cohen (1907) 2023-06-10 16:42:55 This "Birthday Prayer" is found in Julia M. Cohen's <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=51528">The children's Psalm-book, a selection of Psalms with explanatory comments, together with a prayer-book for home use in Jewish families</a></em> (1907), pp. 304-305. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Julia Matilda Waley Cohen https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Bnei (Bar/Bat) Mitsvah & Other Birthday Prayers 20th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. children's prayers English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English
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Who art the author of my being,
I humbly thank Thee for having guarded me
and taken care of me in all my past life,
and preserved me in health and happiness
during this past year of my life.
O merciful God!
forgive, I pray Thee,
all I have done wrong in this year
and in all my past life.
“For there is forgiveness with Thee,
that Thou mayest be feared.” (Psalms 130:4)
Strengthen me, O God!
to try more and more earnestly
in this coming year
to do what I know to be right,
and ever to resist doing
what I know to be wrong;
so that I may firmly prevent myself
from being tempted,
either by my own wicked desires
or by the evil desires of others,
to do what I know to be wrong.
Put a new heart within me, O God!
that I may be ever striving
to grow better and more worthy
of all the blessings Thou hast bestowed on me, O God!
“Teach me to number my days
that I may apply my heart unto wisdom.” Cf. Psalms 90:12.
This day I have completed another year of my life,
I have one less year to live.
Help me, O Lord!
to recollect how short my life may be,
to think of the value of time,
and never to waste my time in idleness;
but ever to work to become wiser
and to try to be useful to my fellow-creatures,
and may it please Thee, O God!
to endue me with wisdom and understanding.
In Thy infinite mercy, O Lord!
continue to grant me
during the coming year.
Bless also, O God!
my dear Parents, Brothers, and Sisters,
and all who are dear to me,
and may Thy Divine care preserve them
“May Thy mercy, O Lord! be upon us,
according as we hope in Thee.” (Psalms 33:22)
This “Birthday Prayer” is found in Julia M. Cohen’s The children’s Psalm-book, a selection of Psalms with explanatory comments, together with a prayer-book for home use in Jewish families (1907), pp. 304-305.
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