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Moritz Mayer

Rabbi Moritz Mayer, born 1821 in Dürckheim-on-the-Haardt, Germany, fled to the United States and to New York as a political refugee of the 1848 revolution. In 1856, after a five year stint as a rabbi 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, 1855/8) 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.

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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) 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 for the Evening of the Day of Atonement (נעילה), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) 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 Shmini Atseret (שמיני עצרת), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for a woman celebrating Purim. . . .


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) 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: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) 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 Child, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-21) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: י״ח בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-10) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: י״ח בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-09) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A rhyming evening prayer in English for young Jewish children. . . .


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

Contributed on: י״ח בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-09) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A rhyming morning prayer in English for young Jewish children. . . .


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

Contributed on: י״ח בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-09) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for the Sabbath Day. . . .


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: כ״ז בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-19) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for Tisha b’Av. . . .


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


Thanksgiving for Deliverance, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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


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

Contributed on: י״ח בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-09) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

A prayer for the Sabbath Day. . . .


Hours of Devotion: a collection of teḥinot compiled by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Contributed on: כ״ה באב ה׳תשע״א (2011-08-24) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer (translation) | Fanny Schmiedl-Neuda | 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. . . .


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

Contributed on: ל׳ בסיון ה׳תש״פ (2020-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moritz Mayer |

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



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