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[Prayer] on Leaving School and Beginning Apprenticeship, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=50616 [Prayer] on Leaving School and Beginning Apprenticeship, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895) 2023-05-07 11:45:23 "On Leaving School and Beginning Apprenticeship" was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=50550">Prayers for Jewish Working Girls</a></em> (1895), pp. 21-22. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Lilian Helen Montagu https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Learning, Study, and School Labor, Fulfillment, and Parnasah 19th century C.E. תחינות teḥinot 57th century A.M. Jewish Women's Prayers English vernacular prayer teḥinot in English West Central Girls' Club
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On leaving school and beginning apprenticeship.
Almighty Father,—
I am about to leave school and to begin work.
I have had many happy years at my lessons,
but I feel glad that I shall now learn a useful trade,
and in time be able to help mother and father by my earnings.
Grant that I may be an industrious girl;
not grumbling about hard work,
but doing everything as well as I can.
I am still a little child, O Lord,
in Thy sight.
Deal with me in mercy.
My future depends on my doing well now.
Make me wise, O Lord,
and train my hands,
for without Thy help
I am sure to go astray.
Do not let my school-days be wasted,
but fill me with a desire to go on learning
whenever I have the chance.
There is so much I ought to know,
which I have not yet learned.
Help me to be modest
in the company of those
who are willing and able to teach me,
so that I may never neglect an opportunity
of improving myself.
In all I do,
and in all I try to do,
be Thou my help
and my strength!
Come, ye children, hearken unto me.
I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (Psalms 34:11)
Keep thy tongue from evil,
and thy lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good.
Seek peace and pursue it. (Psalms 34:13-14)
The word is very nigh unto thee,
in thy mouth and in thy heart
that thou mayest do it. (Deut. 30:14)

“On Leaving School and Beginning Apprenticeship” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 21-22.

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