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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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 | Fall Creek Elementary: a Kavvanah for Teaching Children, by Eli Steier

[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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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