|Source (Hebrew)||Translation (English)|
After finishing Tephilat Schacharit, a person should learn Torah for a few moments or go to the Beit Midrash and listen to the students. Then he should attend to his affairs and proceed to his place of work because Torah learning that is not combined with work has no value. Poverty will then lead him to violate his Master’s rules. He should conduct his business in good faith. He should speak softly to other human beings. He should not start fights with anyone. He should be careful not to take an oath even concerning a matter that he knows to be true. Most certainly he should not take an oath falsely and he should not mention G!d’s name in vain. He should avoid idleness because idleness causes improper urges. Instead he should always pursue lofty goals and he should always be examining his personality and his deeds. If a person conducts himself within these parameters he will be certain that G!d with bless him with success in whatever he undertakes.
Abe Katz’s translation of this piece of post-tefillah advice was first included in his sourcesheet, “Good advice to start the day from a Siddur published in 1766.” I have digitally transcribed the text in Unicode Hebrew, proofread his translation, and added a bit of historical context from the Jewish Encyclopedia and Wikipedia’s entries on the Comtat Venaissin. –Aharon Varady.
“After Shaḥarit: Abiding Advice for Daily Living, by Eliyahu Carmi (1767)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
Gebet eines Menschen der sich durch den Handel nährt | Prayer of a person who feeds themself through trade, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)
For the Day’s Round in Camp, a prayer for soldiers by Rev. Howard A. Bridgman adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)