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Moritz Mayer

Rabbi Moritz Mayer (originally Moses Maier, later Maurice Mayer; 1821-1867) born in Dürckheim-on-the-Haardt, Germany, fled to the United States and to New York as a political refugee of the 1848 revolution. In 1859, after seven years as the rabbi of Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, he returned in poor health to New York where he contributed frequently to the Jewish press, and translated various German works into English: Rabbi Samuel Adler's catechism, Abraham Geiger's lectures on Jewish history, and Ludwig Philipson's pamphlet, Haben die Juden Jesum Gekreuzigt? (the Crucifixion from the Jewish Point of View), et al. In 1866, a number of his English translations of Fanny Neuda's teḥinot in German (from her Stunden Der Andacht, 1855/1858) were published in a volume he titled Hours of Devotion. The work also included a number of his own prayers as well as those of Marcus Heinrich Bresslau. The following year, Moritz Mayer passed away. He was 45 years old. (We are indebted to Anton Hieke for his research on Mayer, "Rabbi Maurice Mayer: German Revolutionary, Charleston Reformer, and Anti-Abolitionist" published in Southern Jewish Life, 17 (2014), pp. 45-89.) For Mayer's translations of prayers by other authors, please visit here.

A Widow’s Prayer, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a woman and mother who has lost her husband and is contemplating desperate circumstances. . . .


A Wife’s Prayer for Matrimonial Happiness, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a woman contemplating her relationship with her husband in marriage. . . .


A Wife’s Prayer whose Husband is on a Journey, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a wife on behalf of her husband traveling. . . .


Almighty God! We Pray to Thee – a “School Hymn” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

Contributed on: 08 Nov 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Moritz Mayer |

“Almighty God! we pray to Thee,” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject “School Hymns” as Hymn 210 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), p. 209. . . .


Evening Prayer for Children, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 09 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

“Evening Prayer for Children” is one of thirty prayers appearing in Rabbi Moritz Mayer’s collection of tehinot, Hours of Devotion (1866), of uncertain provenance and which he may have written. . . .


God Dwells in Light! – a hymn for Ḥanukkah by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

Contributed on: 08 Nov 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Moritz Mayer |

“God dwells in light!,” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject “Feast of Dedication” (i.e. Ḥanukkah) as Hymn 193 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), pp. 188-189. . . .


📖 Hours of Devotion: A Book of Prayers & Meditations for the Use of the Daughters of Israel, an anthology of teḥinot compiled by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 24 Aug 2011 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer (translation) | Moritz Mayer |

A collection of Jewish women’s prayers compiled by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, including twenty-four original English translations of prayers by Fanny Neuda from her collection, Stunden der Andacht 1855. . . .


Morning Prayer for Children, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 09 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

“Morning Prayer for Children” is one of thirty prayers appearing in Rabbi Moritz Mayer’s collection of tehinot, Hours of Devotion (1866), of uncertain provenance and which he may have written. . . .


O God! Today Our Joyful Song of Praise – a hymn for Purim by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

Contributed on: 08 Nov 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Moritz Mayer |

“O God! To-day our joyful song of praise,” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject “Feast of Esther” as Hymn 196 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), pp. 191-192. . . .


Prayer After Safe Delivery [in Childbirth], by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a woman following the birth of her infant child. . . .


[Prayer] at a Mother’s Grave, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a daughter mounrning at the grave of her mother. . . .


[Prayer] at the Grave of a Brother or Sister, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 10 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman visiting the grave of her brother or sister. . . .


[Prayer] at the Grave of a Child, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 21 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman mounrning at the grave of her child. . . .


Prayer During a Storm at Sea, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 19 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for when traveling conditions become perilous on an ocean voyage. . . .


Prayer for a Sick Child, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A mother’s prayer for an ill infant or child. . . .


Prayer for a young maiden, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a “young maiden” — a girl before her bat mitsvah. . . .


Prayer for an Orphan, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of an orphan after the death of one or both of her parents. . . .


Prayer for Patience and Strength in Adversity, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a woman experiencing desperation under difficult circumstances. . . .


Prayer for Shmini Atseret (שמיני עצרת), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman celebrating Shmini Atseret. . . .


Prayer for the Anniversary of the Destruction of the Temple (תשעה באב), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for Tisha b’Av. . . .


Prayer for the Close of the Sabbath, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 09 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

“Prayer for the Close of the Sabbath” is one of thirty prayers appearing in Rabbi Moritz Mayer’s collection of tehinot, Hours of Devotion (1866), of uncertain provenance and which he may have written. . . .


[Prayer] for the Day of Atonement, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman pleading for atonement on Yom Kippurim. . . .


Prayer for the Departed (הזכרת נשמות), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for one’s parent or parents during Yizkor. . . .


[Prayer] for the Eve of the New Year, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman preparing herself on Erev Rosh haShanah. . . .


Prayer for the Evening of the Day of Atonement (נעילה), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman pleading for atonement in the final service of Yom Kippur at sunset. . . .


Prayer for the Feast of Purim, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman celebrating Purim. . . .


Prayer for the First Day of Sukkot, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman celebrating the first yontef of Sukkot. . . .


[Prayer] for the Last Days of Passover, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman celebrating the final days of Passover yontef. . . .


[Prayer] for the Sabbath Day, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 09 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

“[Prayer] For the Sabbath Day” is one of thirty prayers appearing in Rabbi Moritz Mayer’s collection of tehinot, Hours of Devotion (1866), of uncertain provenance and which he may have written. . . .


Prayer in Heavy Sickness, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a woman struggling with a life-threatening illness or injury. . . .


[Prayer] on the Anniversary of a Parent’s Death (יאָרצײַט‎), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a daughter for mourning on the yortseit of one or both of her parents. . . .


Prayer on the Approach of Childbirth, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of a pregnant woman before she goes into labor. . . .


Rejoice in God, Our Mighty Rock – a hymn for Shavuot by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

Contributed on: 08 Nov 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Moritz Mayer |

“Rejoice in God, our mighty Rock,” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject “Pentecost” as Hymn 203 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), pp. 200-201. . . .


Schema Jisrael | Shema Yisrael, a hymn by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1867)

Contributed on: 26 May 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

“Schema Jisrael (Shema Yisrael)” is a hymn written by Moritz Mayer (1821-1867) and posthumously published in Hymns, for Divine Service in the Temple Emanu-El (1871), hymn №33, pp. 66-67. It may have been published earlier in the author’s lifetime. If you know of an earlier source for this hymn, please leave a comment or contact us. . . .


Thanksgiving for Deliverance, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer of gratitude for a woman who has survived dangerous circumstances. . . .


With Grateful Hearts of Song and Praise, a “School Hymn” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

Contributed on: 08 Nov 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Moritz Mayer |

“With grateful hearts of song and praise” by Rabbi Moritz Mayer, published in 1856, appears under the subject “School Hymns” as Hymn 209 in Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1856), pp. 208-209. . . .



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