☞   //   Prayers, Poems, and Piyyutim   //   Life cycle

☞   Life cycle

That Religion Be Not a Cloak for Hypocrisy, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

“That Religion Be Not a Cloak for Hypocrisy,” by Rabbi Mordecai Menaḥem Kaplan can be found on p. 435-5 of his The Sabbath Prayer Book (New York: The Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, 1945). . . .

קמע לשמירת המגפה | Amulet for Protection from the Plague, attributed to Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum (ca. 19th c.)

A popular prophylactic amulet in the event of an epidemic. . . .

תפילת הדרך | Tefilat haDerekh (Traveler’s Prayer), by Rabbi Tamar Duvdevani

A prayer for safe travel. . . .

תפילת הדרך | Tefilat haDerekh (Traveler’s Prayer), by Rabbi Michal Ratner Ken-tor

A prayer for safe travel. . . .

Prayer on behalf of a sibling starting off on a journey, by Rabbi Abraham Burstein (1927)

A prayer for a sibling embarking on a journey to another land or lands. . . .

תפילת הדרך | The Traveler’s Prayer (with a Supplement for Airplane Travel)

If I ascend up into the heavens, you are there. If I take wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there would your hand lead me, and your right hand would hold me. And may it be your will, our father in heaven, that you guard us from storm and tempest and grief. And may you bring forth from your storehouses a propitious wind to carry our plane, and may you sustain and preserve those who fly it, that they neither weaken nor falter, and may we reach our destination alive and well, without any trouble and injury. O keep my soul, and deliver me. Let me not be abashed, for I have taken refuge in you. But we will bless Yah from this time forth and for ever, Halleluyah. . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanksgiving for Deliverance, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

Prayer of a Mother on the Grave of Her Child, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a mother grieving over the death of her child. . . .

Prayer for Resignation Under Injuries, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a person suffering under grievous injuries and dying. . . .

Prayer for Salvation in the Future State (Olam haBa), by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a person dying and imagining their possible afterlife. . . .

Prayer on the Grave of a Sister, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a sister mourning at the grave of her sister. . . .

Prayer on the Grave of a Brother, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a sister mourning at the grave of her brother. . . .

Prayer for a Widow at the Grave of Her Husband, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a wife grieving over the death of her husband. . . .

Prayer of an Orphan, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a person who has lost their parent or parents. . . .

Prayer of Thanksgiving on Recovering from Sickness, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A thanksgiving prayer on recovering from a serious illness. . . .

Prayer in sickness, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A supplication made during a period of debilitating illness. . . .

Prayer of a mother for her sick infant child, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A supplication of a mother for her sick infant child. . . .

Prayer of a Wife for a Sick Husband, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A supplication of a wife for the recovery of her ill husband. . . .

Prayer on Becoming Responsible as to Religious Duties, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a young woman on her Bat Mitsvah on becoming responsible for observing her mitsvot. . . .

Prayer on the Day of Circumcision, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a mother on the day of her son’s circumcision. . . .

Prayers Previous to Initiation on Attaining the Age of Twelve, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a young woman on her Bat Mitsvah. . . .

Prayer on the Anniversary of the Death of a Parent (יאָרצײַט), by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a daughter on the yahrzeit of her mother or father. . . .

Prayer for Parents, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer by a daughter on behalf of her parents. . . .

[Prayer] on a Birthday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of gratitude on a regular birthday. . . .

תפילת הדרך | Tefilat haDerekh, a prayer for peace (trans. Rabbi David Seidenberg, neohasid.org)

In this Tefilat haDerekh (the prayer for travel), I’ve made a synthesis of Ashkenazi and Sefardi nusaḥ. Even though the translation is pretty close to literal in most places, it comes across as an extraordinary and activist prayer for peace. So I think of this prayer not just as a prayer for the beginning a physical journey, but for any spiritual journey, and especially for any campaign or action for justice and peace that a person or group might undertake. When applied to activism, the “enmity and ambush and theft and predation” we ask to be rescued from could also be interpreted as hatred, deceit, jealousy, and aggression, i.e., the kinds of feelings that cause people to work against each other, even within an organization, instead of working together. I first used this version of the prayer at the beginning of a tour of Israel and Palestine focused on the human rights and non-violent resistance, when the group passed through the first checkpoint of the trip. . . .

כשיוצא אדם בלילה | When a person goes out at night: an apotropaic invocation of angelic protection in the Seder Rav Amram Gaon (ca. 9th c.)

An apotropaic prayer of protection for traveling at night containing an “angels on all sides” formula. . . .

Prière pour demander la subsistance | Prayer for sustenance, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer for parnassah (livelihood) for someone impoverished or in danger of poverty. . . .

Actions de graces après un événement heu-reux | Thanksgiving after a joyful reprieve, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer of gratitude after a dangerous and distressing situation is resolved for the good. . . .

Supplique dans un malheur ou dans un chagrin | Supplication in misfortune or in grief, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer in severe distress. . . .

Prière après l’instruction | A Child’s Prayer After School, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer for children after school. . . .

Prière d’un enfant pour un malade | A child’s prayer for a sick person, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A child’s prayer for someone suffering from an illness. . . .

Prière d’un enfant pour son père et sa mère | A child’s prayer for their parents, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A child’s prayer for the well-being of their parents. . . .

Prière avant l’instruction | A Child’s Prayer Before School, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer for children before school. . . .

Prière quand on se met en voyage | Prayer when you go on a journey, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer for travel. . . .

Prière pour une personne qui se met en voyage | Prayer on behalf of a person who goes on a journey, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer on behalf of a friend or relative on their travels. . . .

Gebet einer Mutter am Hochzeitstage ihres Sohnes | Prayer of a mother on her son’s wedding day, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A prayer of a mother on her son’s wedding day. . . .

Gebet einer Mutter am Hochzeitstage ihrer Tochter | Prayer of a mother on her daughter’s wedding day, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A prayer of a mother on her daughter’s wedding day. . . .

Gebet für Eltern | Prayer for [Sick] Parents, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A supplicatory prayer on behalf of an ill mother or father by their child. . . .

אֱלִי, רְפָאֵנִי וְאֵרָפֵא | Eli Refa’eni v’Erafé, the personal physician’s prayer of Rabbi Dr. Yehudah haLevi (ca. early 12th c.)

The physician’s prayer of Rabbi Dr. Yehudah ben Shmuel haLevi in the 12th century CE. . . .

בקרב כולם | in the midst of it all, a short prayer by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (2020)

A short prayer of gratitude in the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest. . . .

סֵפֶר פְּטִירָת מֹשֶׁה | Motä Musē (the Book of the Passing of Mosheh), in Hebrew and English translation

The text of the Betä ʾƎsəraʾel legend of the death of Moses, translated to Hebrew by Jacques Faïtlovitch, and vocalized, cantillated, and translated into English by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer. . . .

כְּהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה בִּירוּשָׁלַיִם | k’Hayom HaZeh Birushalayim (This day in Jerusalem), a wedding prayer from the Seder Rav Amram Gaon (ca. 9th c.)

A well-wishing prayer for couples on their wedding day found in the Seder Rav Amram Gaon. . . .

Gebet einer Frau, deren Mann auf Reisen ist | Prayer of a woman whose husband is travelling, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A prayer of a wife whose spouse is away from home, travelling. . . .

גבריאל מימינהון | “Gavriel is on the right,” an apotropaic invocation of angelic protection in the amulet bowl SD12 (ca. mid-first millennium C.E.)

The text and translation of an amulet bowl discussed in “‘Gabriel is on their Right’: Angelic Protection in Jewish Magic and Babylonian Lore” by Dan Levene, Dalia Marx, and Siam Bharyo in Studia Mesopotamica (Band 1: 2014) pp.185-198. The apotropaic ward found in the amulet bowl, SD 12, contains an “angels on all sides” formula similar to that appearing in the Jewish liturgy of the bedtime shema. . . .

Prière après l’initiation | Prayer after initiation (of a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer offered by a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Bénédiction des parents sur leurs enfants — Imposition des mains | Parents’ blessing on their children. — Laying of hands (on a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A blessing given by the parents of a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Prière des assistants a l’initiation | Prayer of the (Bar/Bat Mitsvah) tutors at the initiation, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer offered by the tutors of a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Prière du père et de la mère le jour de l’initiation de leur enfant | Prayer of the father and mother on the day of their child’s initiation (as a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer offered by the parents of a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Prière avant l’initiation | Prayer before initiation (of a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A preliminary prayer offered by a Bar or Bat Mitsvah before they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Während einer Seefahrt | [Prayer] during an ocean voyage, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A prayer for travel offered during an ocean voyage. . . .

Gebet während eines Sturmes auf der See | Prayer during a storm on the sea, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A prayer offered during an ocean voyage during dangerous inclement weather conditions. . . .

מי שברך על כל המחרפים נפשם לעצור את המגפה | Mi sheBerakh for the Medical Workers & Researchers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic (2020)

A prayer for the medical workers and researchers on the front lines of treating the afflicted and finding a cure for the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic. . . .

הֵצִיץ וָמֵת | He Gazed and Died, a poem on the death of the sage Shimon ben Azzai by Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik (1916)

A poem describing the ascent and death of the Tannaitic sage, Shimon ben Azzai. . . .

תפלה לרופא | A Physician’s Prayer, by Markus Herz (1783)

A prayer of a physician from Markus Herz in German with its Hebrew and English translations. . . .

Prayer for Workers in a Time of Pandemic, by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum (New England Jewish Labor Committee 2020)

A prayer for workers and worker needs amid the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. . . .

דיזי שיני נייאי תפילה | Dize sheyne naye tfile (This Beautiful New Prayer), by the typesetter Gele bat Moshe v’Freyde (1710)

This is a faithful transcription of the prayer of Gele (Gella), daughter of the printer Moshe, as found at the end of Tfile LeMoshe (2nd ed., Halle, Germany, 1710), a prayerbook Gele typeset when she was only 11-years-old. This prayerbook is rare owing to the destruction of the press following the incarceration of Gele’s father for publishing a prayerbook containing the prayer “Aleinu,” which had been forbidden by royal decree. The translation provided here was made by Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein as found in A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (2014, Stanford University Press), p. 63-4. The layout of Gele’s prayer follows that of Ezra Korman from his anthology of Jewish women’s poetry, Yiddishe Dikhterins, also the source of the page image provided. If you know the location of a copy or digital scan of this siddur, please contact us. . . .

תחנה אױף קינדער האבין (פאר א אִשָׁה װאָס האָט ניט קײַן קינדער)‏ | Tkhine for Having Children for a Woman who Has No Children (ca. 1840)

A prayer for a childless woman seeking to conception. . . .

[Prayer for the] Dedication of a Medical Research Clinic, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

“Dedication of Medical Research Clinic” was first published in Rabbi Avraham Soltes’ collection of prayers, תפלה Invocation: Sheaf of Prayers (Bloch 1959). . . .

אֲשֶׁר יָצַר | Asher Yatsar, interpretive translation by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l

This English translation of the prayer “Asher Yatsar” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, was first published in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). Versification by Aharon Varady according to the nusaḥ ha-ARI z”l. . . .

[Prayer for] Rebirth, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

A prayer anticipating the spring as a metaphor for liberation, mental wellness, and spiritual rebirth. . . .

[Prayer] in Illness, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

A prayer to provide some relief and comfort tor an ill patient. . . .

שבע ברכות | Sheva Brakhot, the seven blessings following the Birkat Mazon at a wedding meal

The text of the Sheva Brakhot from the birkon of Honi Sanders and Simona Dalin. . . .

In Kinderloser Ehe | [Prayer for a Woman] In a Childless Marriage, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

Fanny Neuda’s teḥinah for women experiencing difficulty conceiving children. . . .

A Delightful Tkhine for a Pregnant Woman to Say (ca. early 17th c.)

A prayer of a pregnant woman anticipating childbirth. . . .

Viddui for Coronavirus, by Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner (2020)

A Viddui written for Jews who are losing a beloved to a plague, and who may not be able to be physically present or close to their loved one. . . .

A Prayer for a Pregnant Woman to Say when She Wishes for an Easy Labor (ca. early 17th c.)

A prayer for a pregnant woman anticipating her childbirth. . . .

A Prayer for a Woman before giving birth, from a Seder Tkhines (ca. 1640-1720)

A prayer for a pregnant woman anticipating childbirth, from an unidentified volume of the Seder Tkhines (circa 1640-1720). . . .

[Gebet] Vor der Entbindung | [Prayer] Before the Childbirth, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A prayer for a pregnant woman anticipating childbirth in the 19th century. . . .

תחנה פון אײן שװאנגער אשה זאל ניט מפיל זיין | Tkhine for a Pregnant Woman that She Not Miscarry (1910)

A prayer for a pregnant woman that she not suffer a miscarriage. . . .

תחנה פאר אײן אִשָׁה װאָס דארף האָבּין אײַן קינד | Tkhine for a Woman who is about to Have a Child (1910)

A prayer for a pregnant woman whose childbirth is immanent. . . .

תפילה לפני קידושין | Prayer before Kiddushin for Couples, by Sarah Groner

This prayer is based on the personal prayer said on holidays before Torah reading. The grammar has been adapted as plural rather than singular, so that the couple says the prayer together before their ritual of Kiddushin (betrothal). . . .

אָנָּא בְּכֹחַ | Ana b’Khoaḥ, a 42 letter name piyyut with a singing translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

The most well-known 42 letter divine name acrostic piyyut. . . .

Prayer on Entering a New Habitation, by Rabbi Isaac Henry Myers of Ramsgate (1855)

A prayer on entering a new habitation or dedication for a new home by Rabbi Isaac Henry Myers of Ramsgate. . . .

אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים | El Malé Raḥamim (Prayer for the Departed), translated and sung by Effron Esseiva

Almost two years ago my best friend passed away and I had the honour of chanting this malé raḥamim for him. In mid-May this year another friend approached me and said he really liked the way I did it at the time and could I record it for him because he was going to do it too for an unrelated unveiling. So, I recorded it on May 18, 2011. I didn’t compose it. It’s a traditional tune, but it’s my voice and I hope someone else can perhaps learn it with this material. The more resource there are out there through means such as Open Siddur the better we can learn and share. . . .

על הכל יתגדל ויתקדש | A Ḳaddish During the Removal of the Torah from the Ark in the Seder Rav Amram Gaon

This Kaddish was first published online at Jewish Renewal Chassidus by Gabbai Seth Fishman. Rabbi Oren Steinitz translated the kaddish on the 3rd yahrzeit after Reb Zalman’s passing. . . .

[Prayer for a] Nurses’ Commencement, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1951)

A prayer for a Nurse’s Commencement ceremony at Beth Israel Hospital on 19 September 1951. . . .

שמחת בת | Simḥat Bat, by Dr. Devora Steinmetz and Rabbi David Silber (1987)

We name our daughters on their fifteenth day of life. This is based on Vayiqra 12:1-5, which describes the length of a woman’s period of impurity after childbirth. If she gives birth to a son, she is impure for seven days; if she gives birth to a daughter, she is impure for fourteen days. The passage seems to connect the baby boy’s circumcision on the eighth day to the conclusion of the mother’s seven day period of impurity. (Similarly, Vayiqra 22:27 says that a newborn animal must remain with its mother for seven days, and on the eighth day and onward it is acceptable as a sacrificial offering.) It seems, then, that for the first seven days of a little boy’s life, and the first fourteen days of a little girl’s life, the child and mother are still closely linked, and both remain separate from the larger family and community. Then, on the eighth day of her son’s life, and on the fifteenth day of her daughter’s life, the mother begins to rejoin her family and community, and the child too becomes incorporated as a member of the family and community. That is why a baby boy’s father becomes obligated to circumcise his son only on the eighth day, and why the baby boy first receives his name at his brit milah; it is then that the baby boy becomes a member of the community of Israel. On our daughter’s fifteenth day, we come together as a family and as a community to welcome this new member and to give her a name. . . .

ברוכה הבאה | Blessed be the newcomer!, a ceremony for the naming of a baby daughter by Joshua Gutoff (ca. 1989)

A ceremony for the naming of a baby daughter. . . .

Nach zurückgelegter Seereise | [Prayer] after the sea voyage, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

A prayer offered after a difficult ocean voyage. . . .

שמחת בת | Simḥat Bat of Amalya Shaḥar Exler-Kaunfer, by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Lisa Exler

In place of the blood of the slaughtered bulls from the covenantal ceremony in Exodus, we looked for another substance to effect the covenant ceremony. Amalya was born right after Shavuot, on which we have a tradition to eat dairy. In fact, milk itself is associated with the acceptance of Torah, as described in the following Midrash which quotes a verse from Song of Songs (4:11): “Sweetness drops from your lips, O bride; honey and milk are under your tongue and the scent of your robes is like the scent of Lebanon.” . . .

תחנה אמהות | Tkhine of the Matriarchs for Yizkor on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Yamim Tovim by Seril Rappaport (ca. 18th century)

“Tkhine of the Matriarchs for Yizkor on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Yamim Tovim” by Rebbetsin Seril Rappaport is a faithful transcription of her tkhine included in “תחנה אמהות מן ראש חודש אלול” (Tkhine of the Matriarchs for the New Moon of Elul) published in Vilna, 1874, as re-published in The Merit of Our Mothers בזכות אמהות A Bilingual Anthology of Jewish Women’s Prayers, compiled by Rabbi Tracy Guren Klirs, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 1992. shgiyot mi yavin, ministarot nakeni. . . .

שמחת בת | Simḥat Bat by Yoni and Hannah Kapnik Ashar

This is a simḥat bat baby-naming and welcoming ceremony, based on similar ceremonies by Dr. Devora Steinmetz and Rabbi David Silber, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Lisa Exler, Drs. David and Joanna Arch-Andorsky, and others. . . .

חג הכנסה לברית | Ḥag hakhnassah labrit – On Entering the Covenant by Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

In the weeks leading up to the birth of our first child in 1997, my partner and I spent a lot of time thinking about the brit. Whether it was a boy or a girl we knew that we would have a celebration. If it was a boy we would have a brit, yet we were not happy with the ceremony as it stood. If it was a girl we needed a ceremony which was equally powerful and yet didn’t draw blood. In response to these two concerns I wrote a liturgy for what I called a chag hachnassah labrit/celebration of entering the covenant which could be easily adapted to boys and girls, and I wrote a piyyut (a liturgical poem) for a milah/a circumcision. . . .

Prayer in a Time of Serious Illness by Rabbi Gilah Langner

Traditional Judaism offers a confessional prayer, or vidui, to be recited during a time of serious illness or near death. If the patient is unable to recite the prayer, others may do so on his or her behalf. This modern adaptation [of vidui] places less emphasis on atonement for sins, and more on the bonds connecting the patient to his or her loved ones. It can be recited by a friend, family member, or chaplain on behalf of a person who is very ill, especially when life and death are hanging in the balance. . . .

תפילה קודם למוד הקבלה | Prayer Before Studying Kabbalah, by Yitsḥak Luria (translated by Aharon Varady)

Master of the worlds and Lord of Lords, Father of Compassion and Forgiveness, we give thanks before you [haShem] Elohainu, Elohai of our ancestors, by bowing and kneeling for having brought us near to your Torah and to your sacred work, and for granting us a portion in the hidden insights of your holy Torah. . . .


בסיעתא דארעא