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Learning, Study, and School

This is an archive of prayers generally having to do with learning — as a living experience, as preparation and acquisition of skills, and as appreciation for the subject of learning, teachers, schools, and fellow learners.

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אֵל לִבִּי פְּתַח | El Libbi Păthaḥ — a Prayer of Yemenite Jewish Children Before Study, translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

A Blessing for all our Children [at the Onset of the School Year], by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

ברכה לילדים | Blessing for Children [at the Onset of the School Year] (Siddur Tefilat ha-Adam, Israeli Reform Movement 2020)

ברכה למורים | Blessing for Teachers (Siddur Tefilat ha-Adam, Israeli Reform Movement 2020)

תפילת המורה לפני פתיחת שנת הלימודים | Oración de los maestros antes del inicio del año escolar | Prayer of the teacher before commencement of the school year (Masorti Movement in Israel)

מי שברך לילדים והוריהם בשלהי שנה ובפתיחה | Mi sheBeraj para los niños y sus padres en el inicio de un nuevo año escolar | Mi sheBerakh for Children and their Parents at the Commencement of the School Year, by Rabbi Hagit Sabag Yisrael (Masorti Movement in Israel)

מי שבירך לתלמידים החוזרים מחופשת הקיץ | A Mi sheBerakh prayer for students returning to school after their summer break, by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried

Graduation Blessing, by Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan (2017)

תְּפִילַת הוֹלְכִים לְאוּנִיבֶרְסִיטָה | Prayer for Those Leaving Home for University, by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

A Blessing for Students Going to Israel to Study, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (2016)

מי שברך לתלמידים היוצאים לחופשת הקיץ | A Mi sheBerakh prayer for students leaving school for their summer break, by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried

סתיו הנחל יסודי | A Kavvanah for Teaching Children, by Eli Steier

A Jewish Prayer for Graduation and an Interfaith Meditation on Wisdom and Learning, by Jonah Rank (2010)

Thirteen Intentions of Faith Taught at the Beit HaMidrash of Elat Chayyim, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

A Prayer before Torah Study, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Prayer for High School Graduation, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

[Prayer] for Knowledge and Understanding, by Rabbi Louis M. Epstein

Learning, a prayer for thirst in Torah study by Rabbi Ely E. Pilchik (1962)

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

A Scholar’s Prayer for Intellectual Honesty, adapted from a prayer quoted by Dr. Leslie Weatherhead (1951)

[Prayer] on Education Week, by Rabbi Norman M. Goldburg (24 April 1933)

A Prayer for Our Teachers, by Rabbi Albert G. Baum (ca. 1930s)

תחנה פאר אמוטער װאס פירט אקינד אין חדר | Tkhine for a Mother Leading their Child to Religious School (1910)

א תחנה פאר א מוטער װאס פירט איהר קינד דעם ערשׁטען מאל אין חדר | Tkhine for a Mother Who Leads their Child for the First Time to Religious School (1910)

Morning Song, a hymn by Felix Adler (1897)

[Prayer] on Leaving School and Beginning Apprenticeship, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)

Task of the Ages, a hymn by Felix Adler (1888)

The Children’s Song, a hymn by Felix Adler (1888)

School-hymn, by Felix Adler (1868)

Am Geburtstage des Lehrers | On one’s Teacher’s Birthday, by Rabbi Benjamin Szold (1867)

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

Oh! Fill our Hearts, Almighty King! – a “School Hymn” (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1856)

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

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

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

[Prayer for Wisdom on] Saturday Night, by Grace Aguilar (25 February 1837)

Hymn of Praise, by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s)

Prayer for Wisdom, by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s)

Gebet um glückliche Erziehung der Kinder | Prayer for the joyful education of children, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1835)

Allgemeines Gebet | General prayer, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

תַשְׁפִּיעַ עָלַי חָכְמָה בִּינָה וָדַעַת מֵאִתְּךָ | Pour upon me your wisdom, understanding, and knowledge (Liqutei Tefilot Ⅰ:58 part 1) by Reb Noson Sternhartz of Nemyriv (ca. 1820s) and “A Student’s Prayer” as adapted by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

תפילה קודם לימוד הקבלה | Prayer Before Studying Ḳabbalah, by Rabbi Yitsḥaq Luria (translated by Aharon Varady)

Gaudeamus Igitur | אָז עוֹדֶֽנּוּ צְעִירִים | Az Odenu Tse’irim (So, let us rejoice), a Hebrew translation by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer of De Brevitate Vitæ (1287)