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Labor, Fulfillment, and Parnasah

This is an archive of prayers generally having to do with making a living, the workplace, and finding fulfillment in one’s labor.

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כוונה לקראת ישיבת הבורד | Kavvanah before the Meeting of the Board of a Philanthropic Organization, by Limor Rubin

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

תפילה לשוב לעבודה | A Prayer for (finally) getting back to work, by Chaya Kaplan-Lester

ברכת יוצר יצירים | A Blessing for Creating, by Rabbi Adina Allen (Jewish Studio Project)

תפילת היוצר | A Worker’s Prayer, by Rabbi Stephen Belsky

פיוט למוזיקאי קודם שיופיע | A Performing Musician’s Piyut, by Alan Jay Sufrin

A Prayer for Health in Work, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

תחינה של עובד קמעונאי | Prayer of a Retail Worker

Benediction for Charity Meeting, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Prayer of a Congregational Rabbi upon their Installation, by Rabbi Wolf Gunther Plaut (1961)

Prayer for American Enterprise [at the opening of a Kresge’s department store], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1956)

[Prayer on the] Retirement of a Civic Servant (Mayor Charles Henry Martens), by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1952)

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

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

A Psalm of Gratitude, a poem by Ben Aronin (ca. 1950)

Opening prayer for the 12th U.A.W.–C.I.O. Labor Convention in Milwaukee, by Rabbi Joseph Baron (1949)

Courage to Withstand the Ridicule of the Worldly, a prayer by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

Prayer for Sustenance (Parnasah), by Rabbi Simon Glazer (1930)

Man Is Here for the Sake of Others, by Albert Einstein (1930) as excerpted by Rabbi Morrison David Bial

For the Day’s Round in Camp, a prayer for soldiers by Rev. Howard A. Bridgman adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)

כַּוָּנָה לִפְנֵי עֲבוֹדָה בְּאַדְמַת הַקֹּדֶשׁ | Kavvanah before working with the holy soil of Erets Yisrael, by Rabbi Shalom Ḥayyim Sharabi (ca. 1911)

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

Im Besitz von Reichthum | [Prayer while] in possession of wealth, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

Der Arme | [Prayer of] the Pauper, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

Gebet eines Menschen der sich durch den Handel nährt | Prayer of a person who feeds themself through trade, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

Gebete einer Geschäftsfrau | Prayer of a Business Woman, a teḥinah by Wolf Mayer (1828)

Gebet einer Handelsfrau | Prayer for a merchant woman, a teḥinah by Pereẓ Beer (1815)

After Shaḥarit: Abiding Advice for Daily Living, by Eliyahu Carmi (1767)

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