ריבונו של עולם הריני מוחל | Prayer of Forgiveness by Rabbi Yitsḥak Luria z”l, from the Bedtime Shema (translation by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi)

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

Before you go to sleep,
make an examination of your conscience for the entire day.
Check your relationships and make an act of forgiveness.

Recalling whatever frustration and hurt was experienced during the day, at the hands of others,
visualize them written on slips of paper.
Rip these up one by one,
forgiving fully those who hurt you
as you say:


רִבּוֹנוֹ שֶׁל עוֹלָם
הֲרֵינִי מוֹחֵל
לְכָל מִי שֶׁהִכְעִיס וְהִקְנִיט אוֹתִי
אוֹ
שֶׁחָטָא כְּנֶגְדִּי
בֵּין בְּגוּפִי בֵּין בְּמָמוֹנִי
בֵּין בִּכְבוֹדִי בֵּין בְּכָל אֲשֶׁר לִי
בֵּין בְּאוֹנֶס בֵּין בְּרָצוֹן
בֵּין בְּשׁוֹגֵג בֵּין בְּמֵזִיד בֵּין בְּמַחֲשָׁבָה בֵּין בְּדִבּוּר בֵּין בְּמַעֲשֶׂה.
בֵּין בְּגִלְגּוּל זֶה
בֵּין בְּגִלְגּוּל אַחֵר
לְכָל בַּר יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא יֵעָנֵשׁ
שׁוּם אָדָם בְּסִבָּתִי.
Ribono Shel Olam,
I hereby forgive
whoever has hurt me,
And whoever has done me
any wrong;
Whether it was
Deliberately or by accident,
Whether it was
Done by word or by deed,
In this incarnation
Or in previous ones.
May no one,
Be punished on my account.

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ
אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהַי
וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי
שֶׁלֹּא אֶחְטָא עוֹד
וְלֹא אֶחֱזוֹר
בָּהֶם
וְלֹא אָשׁוּב עוֹד
לְהַכְעִיסֶךָ
וְלֹא אֶעֱשֶׂה
הָרַע בְּעֵינֶיךָ.
May it be Your will,
O L~rd my G~d,
G~d of my parents,
That I sin no more,
That I do not revert
to my old ways,
That I do not anger You any more
by my actions,
May I do not do that
which is evil in Your sight.

וּמַה שֶׁחָטָאתִי
לְפָנֶיךָ מְחוֹק
בְּרַחֲמֶיךָ הָרַבִּים
אֲבָל לֹא עַל יְדֵי יִסּוּרִים
וָחֳלָיִם רָעִים.
Wipe away the sins
That I have committed,
With Your great compassion,
But not through
Sickness or suffering.

יִהְיוּ לְרָצוֹן
אִמְרֵי־פִי
וְהֶגְיוֹן
לִבִּי
לְפָנֶיךָ
יְהוָה צוּרִי וְגֹאֲלִי׃
May these words
Of my mouth,
And the prayers
That are in my heart,
Be acceptable before You,
O L~rd, My Rock and my Redeemer.[1]Psalms 19:13

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of Rabbi Yitsḥak Luria’s prayer “Hareni Moḥel” (I hereby forgive) in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his translation side-by-side with a transcription of the vocalized text of the prayer.

The prayer by the ARI z”l was first published in Ḥayim Vital’s Pri Ets Ḥayyim, Shaar Kriyat Shema al Hamitah, Pereq 2 (פרי עץ חיים, שער קריאת שמע שעל המיטה, פרק ב), and based on the statement of Reish Lakish in the Bavli Pesachim 66b and the practice of Mar Zutra attested in the Bavli Megillah 28a:

Source (Talmud Bavli) Translation (English, William Davidson edition, Sefaria)

ריש לקיש אמר כל אדם שכועס אם חכם הוא חכמתו מסתלקת ממנו אם נביא הוא נבואתו מסתלקת ממנו אם חכם הוא חכמתו מסתלקת ממנו ממשה דכתיב ויקצוף משה על פקודי החיל וגו׳ וכתיב ויאמר אלעזר הכהן אל אנשי הצבא הבאים למלחמה זאת חקת התורה אשר צוה ה׳ את משה וגו׳ מכלל דמשה איעלם מיניה
Similarly, Reish Lakish said: Any person who becomes angry, if he is a Torah scholar, his wisdom departs from him, and if he is a prophet, his prophecy departs from him. The Gemara explains: That if he is a Torah scholar his wisdom departs from him is learned from Moshe, as it is written: “And Moshe became angry with the officers of the host, the captains over thousands and the captains over hundreds, who came from the battle” (Numbers 31:14). And what was his punishment? As it is written afterward: “And Elazar the priest said to the men of war who went to the battle: This is the statute of the law, which YHVH commanded Moshe” (Numbers 31:21), which proves by inference that this law had become hidden from Moshe due to his anger.
Source (Talmud Bavli) Translation (English, William Davidson edition, Sefaria)

ולא עלתה על מטתי קללת חברי כי הא דמר זוטרא כי הוה סליק לפורייה אמר שרי ליה לכל מאן דצערן
Rabbi Neḥunya also said: Nor did I ever allow the resentment caused by my fellow’s curse to go up with me upon my bed. This is referring to conduct such as that of Mar Zutra. When he would go to bed at night, he would first say: “I forgive anyone who has vexed me.”

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Notes   [ + ]

  1. Psalms 19:13

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