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Introductory Prayer
Ruler of the worlds, Father of Compassion, and Master of forgiveness, [Who] hears the prayers of every mouth, behold, I am coming before You shamefaced, for I know my disgrace, and my shame, and my humiliation, and the great [extent] of my degradation and my lowliness, and my insignificance, and the lack1 of my comprehension, and the enormity of my sin, such that I am not appropriate or qualified or worthy to pray for myself, and certainly [not] for others. For those who come to entreat before You— it is necessary that they send before them [the] good deeds that they have already [done] and the charities that they have contributed; and that they know how to supplicate
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Literally: shortness.

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and to find favor before You; and that they be worthy to find favor before You. But as for me—there is not within me— neither justice nor fitness, nor proper supplication, nor [any] good quality; and a single good action I have not done. I am embarrassed and also humiliated to lift—O my God—my face toward You. However, this is my consolation, for I know that according to the great [extent] of my degradation and my lowliness, and my insignificance, and the lack of my comprehension, and the enormity of my sin, so much more so have become stronger Your compassion and Your kindness, for greater than the heavens is Your kindness, and to the upper heavens is [the extent] of Your truth.2 Who is like You, Father of Compassion,
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Psalms 108,5.

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[He] Who is reconciled with [pleas for] compassion and Who is appeased by supplications, and Who hearkens to the prayers of every mouth. For if You would hearken only3 to the prayer of those worthy to seek Your favor, there would be no person who could open his mouth to pray before You, for no creature is [found] righteous before You —certainly [not] a degraded person like myself. But, in Your great goodness, You informed us through Moshe, Your servant, and You said,
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“And I will bestow favor on whomever I wish to favor, and I will bestow compassion on whomever I wish to show compassion,” although he is not qualified and although he is not worthy.5 Therefore, listen now

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Literally: if You would not listen except....

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Exodus 33,19.

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Based on Talmud Tractate Berachot 7a.

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and to his supplications. Hear, Adonai, my voice [when] I call; favor me and answer me.6 Not in our [merit], Adonai, not in our [merit], but for [the sake of] Your Name give honor,7 out of Your kindness and out of Your trustworthiness; 8 for to do Your will is our desire, and towards You [are directed] all of our passions; and our sighs9 are not hidden from You.

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Prayer for Mercy
Therefore may it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You become filled with compassion, so that Your compassion should suppress Your anger, and so that Your compassion should override Your [other] attributes.10 May You deal with Your people, Israel, with the attribute of kindness
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Psalms 27,7.

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Lest our degradation result in a desecration of Your Name.

Psalms 115,1.

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...of suffering.

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Based on Talmud Tractate Berachot 7a.

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and with the attribute of compassion, and may You conduct Yourself with them well beyond the line of strict law.11 Observe that Your people, Your children, the children of Your beloved, the children of Abraham, Yitzhak, and Yisrael, Your servants— their will is to do Your will and to serve You with sincerity, a complete service, a perfect service, with reverence and love and great joy, in accordance with that which they must do;12 and to revere and to love Your Name and to cleave to You, and to not transgress Your will, Heaven forbid.13 But the enemy who oppresses [us], which is the evil inclination, in partnership with tainted physicality and the nullification of purity, and the intensity of the exile of the body and the spirit, and our insignificance
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I.e., be compassionate even though it is not required. Literally: [may] mercy and peace [be upon us].

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Literally: according to the law of what must be done.

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and our lack of understanding— it is they that are [the factors] that have tainted us. Also, our sins prevent the good from [reaching] us; it is they that are the barriers that divide between us and You. Woe is to us; it is a pity on us. Our Father in heaven, observe, now, our affliction and remember that we are [but] dust; observe that the hand [of the enemy] continues to strengthen, and there is no one [remaining] to be led or helped.14 There is no rescuer besides You, and we have no king who assists and supports [us] but You. If You will not favor us, there is no recovery for our collapse; if You will not support us, woe is to us regarding our future; truly we [will] perish, we [will be] lost,
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Deuteronomy 32, 36. Even if there were a rescuer, there is no one left to rescue.

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Heaven forbid. Answer us, our Father, answer us, at this time and period, for we are in great distress. For there is no greater trouble in the world than our remoteness from You, and our shortfall in Your service, and our small [spiritual] stature, and our lack of comprehension. For the sake of Your Name, Adonai, may You revive us; in Your righteousness, may You bring out our souls from distress. Gladden our souls with Your salvation, and purify our hearts to serve You with sincerity. A pure heart create for us, O God, and an upright spirit renew within us.15 Return to us the joy of Your salvation, and may [Your] generous spirit support us.16

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Prayer for Forgiveness
Please, God, merciful Father,
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Based on Psalms 51,12.

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Based on ibid. v. 14.

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Who chooses His people, Israel, with love, Who desires repentance— as a father has compassion for [his] children,17 [so may You] have compassion for us. Have mercy on Your people and have compassion for Your heritage. Excavate a tunnel from beneath Your Throne of Glory to bring back in complete repentance all the transgressors. And as for those that You know are not able to stand up to their evil inclination and to conquer it— please, with the power of the greatness of Your right arm, which is extended to receive penitents, rebuke the evil inclination so that it not stand against them to cause them to sin and to cause them to transgress Your will. Keep away Your people, Israel, from evil people and from all sin, so that Your people, Israel, not sin,
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Based on ibid. 103,13.

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not to You nor to Your creations, neither under duress nor willingly, neither negligently nor deliberately, not in thought nor in speech nor in action. And that which they [already] transgressed, committed iniquity, [and] sinned before You --Your people, the House of Israel— erase with Your great compassion. Please, God, merciful Father, Gracious One, Who forgives abundantly, atone for the transgressions and the iniquities and the sins that they transgressed, committed iniquity, and sinned before You— Your people, the House of Israel. Rectify their deviations and purify all of their defects. And may You bring out into the light all of the sparks of holiness that were scattered among the Kelipot,18 [as it says,]
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Spiritual manifestations of evil.

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[Although Evil] has swallowed wealth, he will vomit it up;19 from his belly God will extract it.”20 May all of the [Divine] Names be unified [in] a complete unification, may all of the worlds be rectified [with] a complete rectification. May everything should return to its original [spiritual] power, and let not [any] of Your people, Israel, be totally banished. Forgive! Forgive! Forgive! O Mighty Power of Ya’akob. Pardon! Pardon! Pardon! O Holy One of Israel, for You are the [most] mighty of kings, Mighty King, Blessed King, Great King, Preeminent King, Magnificent King, Humble King, Impeccable King, Gracious King, Pure King, Just King, Powerful King, Eternal King,
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representation of a Name of God. rescue them.

Job 25,15. Although evil has swallowed sparks of holiness, God will

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Compassionate King, Awesome King, Supportive King, Helpful King, Redeeming King, Righteous King, Immaculate King, Holy King, Elevated King, Guardian King, Perfect King. We have known that dominion is Yours, power is in Your [left] arm and might is in Your right arm; who can tell You what You should do and what You should accomplish, because everything is Your handiwork.

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Prayer for Spiritual Success
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You implant within the heart of Your people, Israel, love for You and awe of You. Let sparks of inspiration

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of love for You and awe of You continue and increase within us unceasingly, and may we cling to You always. Let us always think about love for You, and awe of You, and Your Torah; and let all of our actions be for the sake of Heaven. Particularly, at the time that we are standing in prayer before You and at the time that we are involved in [the study of] Your Torah, let our thoughts be pure and clear and connected to You; let there not enter into our minds and into our hearts any sinful thought or any invalidating concept, Heaven forbid. Grant us the merit to distance ourselves from all character traits that are negative or forbidden, particularly from arrogance, anger, intolerance and any trace of haughtiness. Let us should recognize our insignificance, and let our soul be as dust towards everyone.

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Grant us the merit to distance ourselves from lust for the pleasures and frivolities of this world. Strengthen us to muzzle our mouths lest we sin with our tongues.21 Save us from slander, from mockery, from indecent speech, from tale-bearing, from falsehood, from false flattery, from pointless conversation, and from any prohibited [manner of] speech. Let all of our speaking be in [words of] Your Torah and [in] the order of Your service22 and [in] that which is essential for our physical needs.23 Avert our eyes from seeing useless things, [from] forbidden sights; let our ears not hear anything that is inappropriate; let our hands do only24 actions [that are] good in Your eyes; let our legs run to [do] good;
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Based on Psalms 39,2.

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I.e., prayer.

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Literally: the needs of our bodies.

Literally: let us not do except

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let a stubborn heart depart from us; let us not be exposed to evil.25 Bend our hearts towards Your laws, and not towards money. Save us from any trace of prohibition. Give us the merit to be vigilant in all the misvot —[of] biblical and rabbinical [origin] —[whether] from prophetic tradition or from the words of the Sages —they and their extensions— to fulfill them properly, in thought, speech, and action, with reverence, love, and great happiness, in accordance with that which they must do. Particularly in areas of financial issues, let not our [evil] inclination mislead us to transgress Your misvot, Heaven forbid, out of a desire for money; and let money not have any value in our eyes26 in comparison to doing Your will. Please, God, Merciful Father, great in counsel and abundant in deed,27
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,EPOn xEqi WTr aale§ ¤ ¦ ¨ ¥¦ ¨¥ .rcp `l rx ¨¥ Ÿ © LizFcr l` EpAl hde§ ¤ ¥ ¤ ¥¦ © .rvA l` l`e§ ©¤ ¤ © xEQ` cEpcp lMn EpliSze§ ¦ §¦ ¨ ¦ ¥ ¦ © zFevOd lkA xdGdl EpMfzE § ¦ © ¨ § ¥ ¨ ¦ § ¥© § ,opAxcE `zixF`C ©¨ ©§ ¨§ © § dlAw ixaCn ¨ ¨ © ¥§ ¦ ¦ ,mixtFq ixaCnE ¦§ ¥§ ¦ ¦ ,oditpre§ od ¤ ¥§ © ¥ ,opETzM onIwl ¨ ¦ § ¨§ © § ,dUrnE xEAce§ daWgnA ¤ £© ¦ ¨¨£© § dAx dgnUe§ dad`e§ d`xiA ¨ © ¨ § ¦ ¨£ © ¨ §¦ § .zFUrN dn zcM £© © ¨ § `pFnnc `xxC mFwnA hxtaE ¨ ¨ § ¨¨§ § ¦ ¨§ ¦ Epxvi Ep`iVi l` ¥§¦ ¥ ¦ © © ,mFlWe§ qg ,LizFevn lr xarl ¨ ¨ ¤ § ¦ © Ÿ £© ,oFnn z`pd ipRn ¨ ©¨£ ¥ § ¦ sqMd `di `le§ ¤ ¤ © ¥§ Ÿ dnE`nl EpipirA aWgp ¨ § ¦ ¥ ¥ § ¨ §¤ .LpFvx§ zIUr cbp ¤ © ¦ £ ¤¤ ,ongxd a` ,l`d `P` ¨ £ ©¨ ¨ ¥ ¨ ¨ ¨ ,dIlilrd axe§ dvrd lFcB ¨ ¦ ¦ £¨ © ¨ ¥ ¨ §
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Literally: let us not know evil.

26

Literally: not be considered anything in our eyes.

Based on Jeremiah 32,19.

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set us right with good counsel from before You that we should travel in the way of good [people], and the paths of the righteous we should guard.28 Let us do that which is good and proper in the eyes of God and man.29 Let us be perfect in character traits and in values, and in all [other] types of perfection. Let no obstacle come about through us,30 nor anything that is flawed.31 Let not mishap come about through us. May we find favor and success32 in the eyes of God and man.33 Give us the merit to guard the sign of the Holy Covenant34 in holiness and in purity; let us not sin [against] nor cause [spiritual] flaws35 in Your Holy Covenant, Heaven forbid. And each and every drop of seed
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,LiptNn daFh dvrA EppTY ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¨¥§ ¥§ © Klp ornl ¥¥ © © § miaFh KxcA ¦ ¤¤§ .xnWp miwiCv zFgx`e§ Ÿ § ¦ ¦ ¦© §Ÿ xWIde§ aFHd dUrpe§ ¨¨© © ¤ £© ,mc`e§ midl` ipirA ¨¨ ¦Ÿ ¡ ¥ ¥ § zFCnA minlW didpe§ ¦ § ¦ ¥ § ¤§¦ zFrcaE ¥§ .zEnlW ipin lkaE ¥ § ¥ ¦ ¨§ ,Epici zgYn dlTz `vz `le§ ¥¨ © © ¦ ¨ ¨ © ¥ ¥ Ÿ ,oTzn Fpi`W xaC mEW `le§ ¨ª § ¥¤ ¨¨ Ÿ ,Epici lr daFg lBlBzi `le§ ¥¨ © ¨ ¥§© §¦ Ÿ aFh lkUe§ og `vnpe§ ¤¥ ¥ ¨§¦ .mc`e§ midl` ipirA ¨¨ ¦Ÿ ¡ ¥ ¥ § xnWl EpMfzE Ÿ § ¦ ¥© § WcŸw zixA zF` z` ¤ ¦§ ¤ ,dxdhaE dXcwA ¨¢ ¨ § ¨ ª§ ¦ `hgp `le§ ¨ ¡¤ Ÿ mBtp `le§ Ÿ §¦ Ÿ .mFlWe§ qg ,LWcw zixA z` ¨ ¨ § §¨ ¦§ ¤ rxf lW dRhe§ dRh lke§ ©¤ ¤ ¨ ¦ ¨¦ ¨

I.e., stay faithful to.

29

Based on Deuteronomy 12,28.

30

Literally: come from under our hand. 31 Literally: anything

that is not rectified. The Sages say that a truly righteous person never gives out anything not [completely] prepared according to Torah law, e.g., unsalted meat (see Talmud Tractate Eruvin 31a). The expression has come to include anything erroneous or flawed, such as a faulty ruling of Torah law. 101,10.
33 32

See Radak to Psalms

Based on Proverbs 3,4.

34

I.e., the site of circumcision.

35

By prohibited or wasteful seminal emissions.

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that was emitted by Your people, Israel, not in a situation of misvah— return them to their holy place. Likewise, all the prayers and the misvot that are defective and that are rejected— return them to the holy place, with the power of Your great and holy Name that emanates from the verse, “[Although Evil] has swallowed wealth, he will vomit it up; from his belly God will extract it.”36 May You extirpate and destroy all of the spawn of sin, the false offspring, that, in our transgression, we have given birth to.37 Throw into the depths of the sea all of the spirits of immorality that we have sustained with our sins; distance them from us and from our boundaries; and may no evil befall us, and may no affliction approach our dwellings.38
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l`xUi LOrn d`viW ¥ ¨ § ¦ § © ¥ ¨ §¨ ¤ ,devn mFwna `NW ¨§ ¦ § ¦ Ÿ ¤ ,WFcTd mnFwnl mxifgY ¨ © ¨ § ¦ ¥ ¦£ © zFevOde§ zFNtYd lM oke§ § ¦© ¦ § © ¨ ¥ zFgcPde§ zFlEqRd ¨¦ © §© ,WcTd mFwnl mxifgY ¤Ÿ © § ¦ ¥ ¦£ © WFcTde§ lFcBd LnW gkA ¨© ¨ © § ¦ ©Ÿ § wEqRn `vFId ¨¦ ¥ © rlA lig" ©¨ ¦© EP`iwie ¤ ¦§© ."l` EPWixFi FphAn ¥ ¤ ¦ § ¦ ¦ cinWze§ zixkze§ ¦ § © ¦§ © xwW rxf rWt icli lM ¤ ¤ ©¤ © ¤ ¥ § ¦ ¨ Epiz`HgA xW` ¥ Ÿ © § ¤£ .EplCB § ©¦ mi zFlvnA KilWze§ ¨ ª§ ¦ ¦ § © dOGd zFX` lM ¨¦© ¦ ¨ ,EplMlM EpizFpFerA xW` §©§ ¦ ¥ £© ¤ £ ,EplEaBnE EPOn mwigxze§ ¥ §¦ ¤ ¦ ¥ ¦ §© drx Epil` dP`z `le§ ¨ ¨ ¥ ¥ ¤ª § Ÿ .Epild`A axwi `l rbpe§ ¥ ¨Ÿ § © § ¦ Ÿ ©¤

See notes 18 and 19, above.

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According to Kabbalah, sinful or wasteful seminal emission results in the
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creation of new manifestations of evil and nourishes those already in existence.

Literally: our tents.

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Prayer for Unity among the Jewish People
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You implant among us love and brotherhood, peace and friendship, and may You remove baseless hatred from among us. Remove from within us jealousy, hatred, and rivalry; let there not arise jealousy of us in the heart of [any] person, and let not jealousy of [any] person arise in our hearts. May all of Your people, Israel, be with a unified heart as one person, [all] friends. And if there is indeed found a man who deviates from the correct path,39 and acts improperly, and seeks to cause strife, let him not find an [unwitting] accomplice40 to strengthen the strife,41
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,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § EpipiA rHYW ¥ ¥ © ¦ ¤ ,zErxe§ mFlW ,deg`e§ dad` ¥ ¨ ¨§ © ¨ £ © mPg z`pU wNqzE ¨¦ ©§ ¦ ¥ © § .EpipiAn ¥ ¥ ¦ d`pUe§ d`pw EpkFYn xiqze§ ¨§ ¦ ¨§ ¦ ¥ ¦ ¦ ¨ ,zExgze§ £© Epz`pw dlrz `le§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ ¤£© Ÿ mc` al lr ¨¨ ¥ © mc` z`pw `le§ ¨¨ ©§ ¦ Ÿ .EpAl lr dlrY ¥¦ © ¤£© mlM l`xUi LOr lk Eidie§ ¨ ª ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¨ §¦ cg` Wi`M cg` alA ¨¤ ¦ § ¨¤ ¥ § .mixag ¦¥£ Wi` `vOi `vOd m`e§ ¦ ¥ ¨¦ ¥ ¨ ¦ ¦ dxEXd on `vFIW ¨ © ¦ ¥ ¤ obdk `NW dUFre§ ¤Ÿ © Ÿ ¤ ¤ ,zwlgn zFUrl WTanE ¤Ÿ £ © £© ¥ © § FcbpM xfr `vni `l §¤ § ¤¥ ¨ § ¦ Ÿ ,zwlgnA miwifgn EidIW ¤Ÿ £ © § ¦ ¦£ © § ¦ ¤
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Literally: goes out from the line. 40 Literally: a helpmate opposite him.

When a righteous person confronts a

troublemaker who seeks to create discord, many times this only leads to greaterstrife and dissension. It is generally

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Heaven forbid. Rather, may Your entire people of Israel be tolerant, judging favorably, lovers of peace, seekers of peace, pursuers of peace, and promoters of peace in the world. And may it be fulfilled through us the verse that is written, “Adonai shall give strength to His people; Adonai shall bless His people with peace.”42

.mFlWe§ qg ¨ ¨ l`xUi LOr lk Eidi `N` ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¨ §¦ ¨ ¤ ,zEkf skl mipC ,miplaq § ©§ ¦ ¨ ¦¨ § © mFlW iWTanE mFlW iadF` ¨ ¥ §© § ¨ ¥£ mFlW miAxnE mFlW itcFxe§ ¨ ¦ §© ¨ ¥ § .mlFrA ¨ ¨ EpA mIwie¦ ¨ ©ª :aEzMW `xwn ¨ ¤ ¨§ ¦ oYi FOrl fr dedi" ¥ ¦ © § Ÿ ¨Ÿ § ."mFlXA FOr z` Kxai dedi ¨ © © ¤ ¥ ¨ § ¨Ÿ §

Prayer for the Wealthy
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You implant in the heart of Your people, Israel, the attribute of compassion: that they should bestow kindnesses to one another,43 and be compassionate to one another, as a father has compassion for [his] children. May [each] man assist his fellow spiritually, physically, and financially
better in such cases, to treat such people with tolerance.
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,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,epizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § alA rHYW ¥ § © ¦ ¤ l`xUi LOr ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ,zEpngxd zCn ¨ £ ©¨ © ¦ micqg ilnFB Eidie§ ¦¨£ ¥ § §¦ df mr df ¤ ¦ ¤ df lr df mingxnE ¤ © ¤ ¦£ ©§ .mipA lr a` mgxM ¦ ¨ © ¨ ¥ ©§ Exfri Edrx z` Wi`e§ Ÿ §© ¥ ¥ ¤ ¦ mpFnnE mtEbe§ mWtpA ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ §© §
43

Psalms 29,11.

Literally: this [one] with this [one].

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—wholeheartedly and willingly.44 Particularly, with regard to the wealthy of Your people, Israel— may You open their eyes,45 grant them generosity, and open within them the gates of openhandedness, in order that they should do [acts of] charity, and bestow kindness and they should support those who study Torah. May they fulfill Your misvot properly, as is required of them to do— willingly. Let them not become arrogant in their wealth; let them not waste [time available for] Torah study because of their wealth. Let them have compassion for the poor, to gladden them with their gifts and with kind words and words of consolation; and to honor them and to elevate their [status]
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.dvtg Wtpe§ mlW alA ¨ ¥ £ ¤¤ ¥ ¨ ¥ § ixiWr l` hxtaE ¥ ¦ £ ¤ ¨§ ¦ l`xUi LOr ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © mdipir gwtY ¤ ¥ ¥ ©§ ¦ ,al zEaicp mdl oYze§ ¥ ¦§ ¤ ¨ ¥ ¦ mdl gYtze§ ¤¨ © § ¦ ,zEpxze© ixrW ¨ § ¥£ © dwcv EUri ornl ¨ ¨§ £© © © § cqg zElinbE ¤¤ ¦§ .dxFYd icnFl cia Ewifgie§ ¨ © ¥§ ©§ ¦ £© opETzM LizFevn EnIwie¦ ¨ ¦ § ¤ § ¦ §© cArnl Fdl irAncM ©§¤§ § ¥§ ¦ §¦ ,aFh oFvxA ¨§ mxWrA mAl DAbi `le§ ¨ § ¨ § ¨ ¦ © §¦ Ÿ ElHai `le§ § ©§ Ÿ dxFYd z` ¨ © ¤ .xWrn ¤Ÿ ¥ zEpngx mdl didie§ ¨£ © ¤¨ ¤§¦ miIprd lr ¦¦ £¨ © mzFpYnA mgOUl ¨ § © § ¨ § © § miaFh mixacaE ¦ ¦¨ § ¦ ,miqEIR ixace§ ¦ ¦ ¥§ ¦ m`VplE mcAklE ¨ §©§ ¨§ ©§

Literally: and a desirous soul.

45

I.e., make them aware of the needs of others.

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for the Glory of Adonai, for He stands [protectively] at the right hand of the pauper.46 Let not their wealth distract them from Your service; rather, may they act morally and be righteous, so that they will acquire a good reputation with their wealth, and they will acquire for themselves a portion in the World to Come. Let them not dispose of their wealth for nothingness and their money for frivolity, angering You, Heaven forbid. Rather, let them be trustworthy with their [wealth] deposited47 with them, and may they fulfill Your will with their money, to [bring] satisfaction before Your Throne of Glory.
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,dedi cFakl ¨Ÿ § §¦ cnri iM Ÿ £© ¦ .oFia` oinil §¤ ¦ ¦ mxWr mcixhi l`e§ ¨§ ¨ ¥ ¦§© © ,LzcFarn ¤ ¨ £¥ mOzA mikNdzn Eidi wx ¨ª § ¦ § © § ¦ §¦ © ,miwiCve§ ¦ ¦© aFh mW EpwIW ot`A ¥ § ¦ ¤ ¤Ÿ § mxWrA ¨§ ¨ § mdl Epwie§ ¤ ¨ §¦ .`Ad mlFrd iIg ¨ © ¨ ¨ ¥© EkilWi `le§ ¦ §© Ÿ wixl mxWr ¦¨ ¨§ ¨ ,dldAl mpFnnE ¨¨¤© ¨ ¨ ,mFlWe§ qg Lqirkdl ¨ ¨ § ¦ §© § mipn`p Eidi `N` ¦ ¨ ¡¤ § ¦ ¨ ¤ mpFCwtA ¨ §¦ § LpFvx§ EUrie§ § £© mpFnnA ¨ ¨§ gEx zgpl © ©© § .LcFak `Qk iptl ¤ § ¥¦ ¥§¦

Based on Psalms 109,31.

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...by God.

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Third Day

f

d b mei f

Prayer for Livelihood and the Poor
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You rescue Your people, Israel— us and all of our offspring and the offspring of our offspring from the stringencies of poverty. Give each and every person a sufficient livelihood for him, and to each and every body enough [to satisfy that which] it lacks— with honor not with shame; with permitted practices not with forbidden practices; with comfort not with pain; with abundance not with exactness —from Your full and generous hand. May Your people, Israel, not require [assistance from] each other, nor [from] any other nation, not the gifts of human beings

,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § l`xUi LOr z` liSYW ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¤ ¦ © ¤ EprxflE Eple§ ¥ §© § ¨ Eprxf rxfe§ ¥ §© ©¤ .zEIpr iwECwCn ¦£ ¥ § ¦¦ Wi`e§ Wi` lkl oze§ ¦ ¦ ¨§ ¥ Fzqpxt iC ¨¨ §© ¥ dIebE dIeB lklE ¨ ¦§ ¨ ¦§ ¨ § ,DxFqgn ic ¨ § © ¥ ,iEGaA `le§ cFakA ¦ § Ÿ ¨§ xYdA ¥¤ § ,xEQ`a `le§ ¦ § Ÿ ,xrva `le§ zgpA ©©§ Ÿ ©© § ,mEvnva `le§ gexA § ¦ § Ÿ © ¤§ .dagxde§ d`lOd LcIn ¨ ¨ §¨ ¨ ¥ § © §¨ ¦ l`xUi LOr Ekxhvi `le§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © §¨ §¦ Ÿ dfl df ¤¨ ¤ ,xg` mrl `le§ ¥© ©§ Ÿ mce¨ xUA zFpYn icil `l ¨ ¨ ¨ § © ¥ ¦ Ÿ

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nor their loans. For it is revealed and known before Your Throne of Glory that financial loss is [more] difficult than all [other] troubles, and the stringencies of poverty can cause a person to act irrationally48 and against the will of his Master. Therefore, have mercy on Your people and have compassion for Your inheritance that there should not be among them a pauper. And as for those who, in Your wisdom, You have decreed upon them49 that they should be poor people and paupers —for [all] deeds are taken into account by You,50 and all of Your ways are just and righteous for the betterment of Your creations— then let it be Your will that You should grant them the strength to withstand the test, and let them tolerate the poverty with a pleasant demeanor. Let them not deviate
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,mz`eld icil `le§ ¨ ¨ ¨§ © ¥ ¦ Ÿ rEcie§ iElb iM © ¨ ¨ ¦ LcFak `Qk iptl ¤ § ¥¦ ¥§¦ dWw qiM oFxqgW ¤ ¨ ¦ §¤¤ ,zFrxd lMn ¨¨ ¨ ¦ zEIpr iwECwce§ ¦£ ¥ § ¦ FYrC lr mc`d z` oixiarn § © © ¨¨ ¨ ¤ ¦ ¦ £© .FpFw zrC lre§ ©© © LOr lr lng okl § © © Ÿ £ ¥¨ Lzlgp lr mgxe§ ¤ ¨ £© © ¥ © .oFia` mda didi `le§ § ¤ ¤¨ ¤§¦ Ÿ xW`e© ¤£ mdilr Lznkg dxfB ¤ ¥ £ § ¨ § ¨ ¨§ ¨ ,mipFia`e§ miIpr EidIW ¦ §¤ ¦¦ £ § ¦ ¤ zFlilr EpMzp Ll iM ¦£ § §¦ § ¦ wcve hRWn LikxC lke§ ¤¤¨ ¨ § ¦ ¤ ¨ § ¨ ,LizFIxA lW mzaFhl ¤ ¦§ ¤ ¨ ¨ § LiptNn oFvx idi okaE ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥§ gM mdl oYYW ©Ÿ ¤ ¨ ¥ ¦ ¤ oFiQpA cnrl ¨ ¦ § Ÿ £© zEIprd ElAqie§ ¦ £¨ § §¦ .zFti mipR xaqA ¨ ¦¨ ¤¥§ E`vi `le§ §¥ Ÿ
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Literally: against his [own] will.

49

Literally: if Your wisdom has decreed upon them.

Based on I:Samuel 2,3;

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from the proper path51— and let them not sin against You nor against Your creations on account of their poverty. And let them not become an [undue] burden on Your creations. May You grant them favor, kindness, and compassion in the eyes of all who see them, so that they should have compassion for them in the time of their trouble and their pressure. And let the household members of the poor people also [be able to] endure and be satisfied with the minimum, such that if they will feed them dry bread there will be serenity in it, and their house should not be full of strife and discord, Heaven forbid. For it is enough for them the distress of their poverty, and they should not have [to suffer]
and part of Tefillat Hannah (the Prayer of Hannah).
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dxEXd on ¨ © ¦ Ll E`hgi `le§ § § ¤¤ Ÿ LizFIxal `le§ ¤ ¦§ ¦ Ÿ mzEIpr zngn ¨ ¦£ ©£¥ EciAki `le§ ¦ §© Ÿ .LizFIxA lr ¤ ¦§ © mpYze§ ¥§ ¦ mingxlE cqglE ogl ¦ £ ©§ ¤¤§ ¥§ ,mdi`Fx lk ipirA ¤ ¥ ¨ ¥ ¥§ mdilr Engxi ornl ¤ ¥ £ £ ©§ © © § mzxv zrA ¨ ¨¨ ¥ § .mwgce§ ¨§ ¨ mzia ipA Eidie§ ¨ ¥ ¥§ §¦ miIprd lW ¦¦ £¨ ¤ miplaq oM mB ¦¨ § © ¥ © ,hrnA miwRYqnE ¨ª§ ¦ § © § ¦ daxg zR mlik`i m`W ot`A ¨ ¥£ © ¥ ¦ £ © ¦ ¤ ¤ Ÿ § ,Da delW didi ¨ ¨§ © ¤ § ¦ mzia didi `le§ ¨ ¥ ¤§¦ Ÿ .mFlWe§ qg ,oFcnE aix¦ `ln ¨ ¨ ¨ ¥¨ mdl oIc iM ¤¨ ¨© ¦ ,mzEIpr zxv ¨ ¦ £ ©¨ mdl didi `le§ ¤¨ ¤§¦ Ÿ

Literally: from the line.

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woe within [their house] and woe outside. God, Who is filled with compassion— may Your compassion be aroused towards the poor of Your people, and give them bread to eat and clothing to wear. May You indeed open Your hand to Your children— to Your poor and to Your paupers. Let them not need to wander far from their homes [to raise funds], and to separate from their wives and from their children to be vagabonds and wanderers throughout the land. For difficult is a man’s wandering, and great is the distress of travelers, who are not able to perform Your service [properly]; 52 and all roads are presumed dangerous. And after the effort and the exertion that they expend to gather a little [here and a] little [there]
52

.`xAn ie© i`EBn ie© ¨¨ ¦ ©© ¦ ,mingx `ln l` ¦£ © ¥¨ ¥ Lingx `p Endi ¤ £ © ¨ ¡¤ ,LOr iIpr lr ¤ © ¥¦ £ © lk`l mgl mdl oze§ Ÿ ¡¤ ¤ ¤ ¤ ¨ ¥ .yAll cbaE Ÿ § ¦ ¤¤ Lci z` gYtY gFzR §¨ ¤ © § ¦ © ¨ Lipal ¤¨ § ,LipFia`lE LIprl ¤ § ¤ § ¤¦ £© Ekxhvi `le§ §¨ §¦ Ÿ mziAn ccp miwigxn zFidl ¨ ¥ ¦ Ÿ § ¦ ¦ §© § ¦ mdizFWPn cxRdlE ¤ ¥ § ¦ ¥¨ ¦ § mdiclInE ¤ ¥§© ¦ micpe§ mirp zFidl ¦¨ ¦¨ § ¦ ,ux`A ¤¨ ¨ ,`xabC `lEhlh dWw iM ¨§© § ¨ § ¦ ¤ ¨ ¦ mikxc ixaFr zrx dAxe§ ¦ ¨ § ¥§ © ¨ ¨ © milFki mpi`W ¦ § ¨ ¥¤ ,LzcFar cFarl § ¨ £ £© .dpMq zwfgA mikxCd lke§ ¨¨ © ©§¤ § ¦ ¨§© ¨ gxHde§ lnrd xg`lE ©Ÿ © ¨¨¤ © © § uAwl migxFHW ¥©§ ¦ § ¤ ciÎlr ciÎlr ¨ © ¨ ©

Besides their physical difficulties, wanderers lack the stability and wherewithal to properly serve God.

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—a small token53— with great embarrassment, being foreigners in a strange country, in the end they usually leave empty-handed and return to their homes in sorrow and misery. Therefore, have mercy on them, that Your children should not come —the children of Abraham, Yitzhak, and Yisrael, Your servants— to be vagabonds, wanderers, disgraced and lowly in the world. Rather, when You give them the sufferings of poverty, let it be with compassion, as a father has compassion for [his] children. And as for those who You have decreed upon them that they will be wayfarers, or those who cross seas and rivers— may You save them from all suffering and damage, from falls and from stumbling,
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dhrn dpYn ¨¨ª ¨¨ © dAxn dRxgA ¨ ª§ ¨ §¤ § ,dIxkp ux`A mixB mzFidA ¨ ¦ § ¨ ¤¤ § ¦¥ ¨ § ¦ mi`vFi axd lr xaC sFq ¦ § Ÿ ¨ ¨ ¨¨ zFIpwix miciA ¦ ¨ ¥ ¦ ©¨ § .dgp`e© oFbiA mzial mixfFge§ ¨¨£ ¨§ ¨ ¥§ ¦§ mdilr lng okl ¤ ¥£ Ÿ £ ¥¨ ,Lipa E`Fai `NW ¤¨ ¨ Ÿ ¤ l`xUie§ wgvi mdxa` ipA ¥ ¨§ ¦ ¨ §¦ ¨ ¨§ © ¥ § ,Licar ¤¨ £ mifape§ micpe§ mirp zFidl ¦§¦ ¦¨ ¦¨ § ¦ ,ux`A miltW ¤¨ ¨ ¦ ¨ § mdl oYYWM `N` ¤¨ ¥ ¦ ¤ § ¨¤ zEIprd ixEQi ¦ £¨ ¥ ¦ ,mingxa didi ¦ £ ©§ ¤§¦ .mipA lr a` mgxM ¦ ¨ © ¨ ¥ ©§ xW`e© ¤£ mdilr xfbY ¤ ¥£ Ÿ§ ¦ mikxc iklFd EidIW ¦ ¨§ ¥§ §¦¤ ,zFxdpE miOi ixaFre§ ¨§ ¦© ¥§ mliSY ¥ ¦ © wfpe xrv lMn ¤¤ ¨ © © ¨ ¦ lFWkOnE dlitPnE § ¦ ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¦

Literally: a handful, a handful, a small gift.

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from floods and from tempest winds; and let not heat and sun afflict them. May You protect them from the hand of every foe and ambush on the road; all who arise against them to do evil— nullify their strategies and ruin their plans. May they (the enemies) be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of Adonai pushing them away.54 May our enemies don disgrace; and for Your people, Israel, may You have compassion. May You lead them for peace and may You guide their steps for peace; may You bring them to their goals for peace and may You return them to their homes for good life and for peace. May You grant them [to find] favor, kindness, and compassion in the eyes of all who see them; and may You grant them good kindnesses.
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,dxrq gExnE min shXnE ¨¨ § © ¥ ¦ © ¤ ¤ ¦ .WnWe axW mMi `le§ ¤ ¤ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¥© Ÿ mxnWze§ ¥§ § ¦ axF`e§ aiF` lM sMn ¥ ¥ ¨ ©¦ ,KxCA ¤¤© drxl mdilr minTd lke§ ¨ ¨§ ¤ ¥ £ ¦ ¨ © ¨ mzvr xtd ¨ ¨£ ¥¨ .mzFaWgn lwlwe§ ¨ § § © ¥§ © Eidi §¦ gEx iptl uFnk © ¥§¦ § ,dgFc dedi K`lnE ¤ ¨Ÿ § © § © zyA EWAli EpiaiF` ¤Ÿ § §¦ ¥§ l`xUi LOr lre§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © © .mgxY ¥ ©§ mFlWl mkilFze§ ¨ § ¥ ¦ ,mFlWl mcirvze§ ¨ § ¥ ¦ § © ,mFlWl mvtg fFgnl mriBze§ ¨ § ¨§¤ § ¦ ¥ ¦© mzial mxifgze§ ¨ ¥ § ¥ ¦£ © ,mFlWlE miaFh miIgl ¨ § ¦ ¦© § mpYze§ ¥§ ¦ mingxlE cqgl ogl ¦ £ ©§ ¤¤§ ¥§ mdi`Fx lk ipirA ¤ ¥ ¨ ¥ ¥§ .miaFh micqg mlnbze§ ¦ ¦¨£ ¥ § § ¦

Psalms 35,5.

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Prayer for Physical Well-being and for the Afflicted
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You have compassion on every man and woman, child and adult, of Your people, Israel; may You grant them strength and health, sufficient ability, might and power, serenity, quietude, and tranquility to fulfill their duties55 in Your service. Save all of Your people, Israel, from the evil eye, from mishap, from pestilence, and from plague. Let them not have dominion —diphtheria56 or demons or any mishaps or tragedies— over any one of Your people, Israel. May You rescue them from all disease, and from all aches and from all pains, from convulsions and epilepsy and any serious defects.
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,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mgxYW ¥ ©§ ¤ ,dX`e§ Wi` lM lr ¨ ¦ ¦ ¨ © lFcbe§ ohw ¨ Ÿ ¨ ,l`xUi LOrn ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ zE`ixaE gM mdl oYze§ ¦ § ©Ÿ ¤ ¨ ¥ ¦ un`e§ wfge§ wiRqn zlkie¦ ¤Ÿ ¤Ÿ ¦ § © ¤Ÿ delWe§ hwWde§ aEXie§ ¨§ © ¥§ © ¦ .LzcFarA xnWOd lr cnrl ¤ ¨ £© ¨ § ¦ © © Ÿ £© l`xUi LOr lkl liSze§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¨ § ¦ © rx rBRnE rxd oirn ¨ ©¤ ¦ ¨¨ ¦ © ¥ .dtBOnE xaCnE ¨¥ © ¦ ¤ ¤¦ lWni l`e§ Ÿ §¦ © oicWe§ dxMq` ¦¥ ¨§ § © oiWiA oirxnE mirx mirbR lke§ ¦ ¦ ¦ §© ¦ ¨ ¦¨§ ¨ .l`xUi LOrn cg` mEWA ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ ¨ ¤ § ilg lMn mliSze§ ¦Ÿ ¨¦ ¥ ¦ © a`M lMnE WEgn lMnE ¥§ ¨¦ ¥ ¨¦ dlitPde§ dItMd ilgnE ¨ ¦ § © ¨ ¦ § © ¦Ÿ ¥ .rx mEn lMnE ¨ ¨¦

Literally: to stand on their watch.

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Considered by the Talmud (Tractate Berachot 7a) as one of the worst ways

to die.

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May they be healthy and strong, [with] sound bodies [so as] to [do] Your service. And if it should arise within Your absolute will to afflict any one of Your people, Israel, with suffering for his benefit, as a father would punish his son, may it be Your will that You should place within their hearts [the inspiration] to examine their deeds and to turn back from their evil ways, in order that Your anger against them will abate. May You send to them from Your Heavens treatment and healing, cure and medication. God, please, heal them now57— if not in [their] merit, [then] out of compassion. May You fulfill for each one of them the verse that is written, “Adonai shall support him on his sickbed of misery, [even when] he writhes in his misery.”58 May You set them right with good counsel—
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,miwfge© mi`ixA Eidie§ ¦ ¨£ ¦ ¦§ §¦ ,LzcFarl mtEbA minlW ¤ ¨ £© ¨ § ¦¥ § hEWRd LpFvxa dlri m`e§ ¨ © § § ¦ ¤ £© ¦ cg` mEWl xQil ¨¤ § ¥© § l`xUi LOrn ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ ,Fl aFhl oixEQiA § ¦ ¦§ ,FpA z` Wi` xQii xW`M § ¤ ¦ ¥©§ ¤ £ © LiptNn oFvx idi ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ mAlA oYYW ¨¦ § ¥ ¦ ¤ mdiUrnA WRWtl ¤ ¥ £© § ¥ § © § ,mirxd mdiMxCn aEWle§ ¦ ¨¨ ¤ ¥ § © ¦ ¨ .mdn LR` aEWi ornl ¤¥ §© ¨ ©©§ LinFxOn mdl glWze§ ¤ § ¦ ¤¨ © § ¦ ,dkEx`e© `Rxn ¨ £ ¥ §© ,dtExzE dlrY `Rxn ¨ § ¨ ¨ § ¥ §© ,mdl `p `tx§ `p l` ¤¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¥ .mingxA ,zEkfa `l m` ¦ £ ©§ §¦ Ÿ ¦ mdn cg` lkA miIwzE ¤¥ ¨¤ ¨§ ¥© § ,aEzMW `xwn ¨ ¤ ¨§ ¦ EPcrqi dedi" ¤ ¨ § ¦ ¨Ÿ § ieC Uxr lr ¨ § ¤¤ © ."Filga Yktd FaMWn lM § ¨ § ¨ §©¨ § ¦ ¨ daFh dvrA mpTzzE ¨ ¨¥§ ¥§ © §

Based on Numbers 12,13.

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Psalms 41,4.

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that they should endure the suffering with love and great happiness,59 and they should not protest60 against them. Let them not attribute the suffering to happenstance; rather, may it be firm in their heart that [it] all comes from You, [so as] to eliminate sin and to terminate transgression, and in order that they should turn back from their evil ways; and they should have faith in You, and they should do that which is required of them to do. And those whom You afflict with the affliction of the death of relatives, Heaven forbid —for You are the Just Judge, Who takes lives with justice— may You bring them consolation from their mourning, and may You bring them happiness out of their grief,
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mixEQId ElAqIW ¦ ¦© § §¦ ¤ ,dAx dgnUe§ dad`A ¨ © ¨ § ¦ ¨£ © § .mda Ehrai `le§ ¤ ¨ £§¦ Ÿ oixEQId Elzi `le§ ¦ ¦© §¦ Ÿ ,dxwnA ¤§ ¦ § mAlA rEaw didi `N` ¨¦ § © ¨ ¤§¦ ¨¤ lMd LOn iM Ÿ © § ¦ ¦ rWR dNkl © ¤ ¥©§ ,z`Hg mzdlE ¨© ¥¨§ EaEWi ornlE ¨ ©©§ drxd mMxCn ¨ ¨¨ ¨ § © ¦ ,La Eghaie§ § § §¦ EUrie§ £© .zFUrl mdilr lHOX dn £© ¤ ¥ £ ¨ ª ¤ © mxQiY xW`e© ¥§© § ¤ £ miaFxw zzin ixEQiA ¦ § © ¦ ¥ ¦§ ,mFlWe§ qg ¨ ¨ wcv htFW `Ed dY` iM ¤¤ ¥ ¨© ¦ ,hRWnA zFWtp gwFl ¨§ ¦ § ¨§ © ¥ mngpY ¥ £© § mla`n ¨ §¤¥ mgOUzE ¥ § © § mpFbin ¨ ¦
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They should realize that the suffering is for their benefit and betterment.

Literally: kick.

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and may You make them whole.61 So also may You indeed have great compassion for everyone whom You afflict with any type of suffering or any evil that assails the world. May You set them right with good counsel, that they should endure and they should accept everything with love and happiness, and they should do that which is placed upon them to do, in accordance with that which they must do.

.mzFvxR xCbze§ ¨ §¦ Ÿ § ¦ mgxY mgx oke§ ¥ ©§ ¥ © ¥ FzF` xQIYW in lM lr ¥© § ¤ ¦ ¨ © oixEQi ipt` lkA ¦ ¦ ¥§¨ ¨§ zFrx lke§ ¨ ¨ ,mlFra `Fal zFWBxzOd ¨ ¨ ¨ § ©§ ¦ © ,daFh dvrA mpTzzE ¨ ¨¥§ ¥§ © § ElAqIW § §¦ ¤ lMd ElAwie¦ Ÿ © §© ,dgnUe§ dad`A ¨ § ¦ ¨£ © § EUrie§ £© zFUrl mdilr lHOX dn £© ¤ ¥ £ ¨ ª ¤ © .zFUrN dn zcM £© © ¨ §

Prayer for Protection
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You save Your people, Israel, from war, from siege, from captivity, from looting, from any loss, and from any fright; and let there not be heard plunder and calamity within our borders.
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,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § l`xUi LOrl liSYW ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § ¦ © ¤ iaXnE xFvOnE dnglOn ¦ § ¦ ¨ ¦ ¨¨§ ¦ ¦ cqtd lMnE dGAnE ¥ § ¤ ¨ ¦ ¨¦ ¦ ,cgR lMnE ©© ¨¦ rnXi `le§ © ¨¦ Ÿ .EplEabA xaWe cW ¥ §¦ ¤¤¨ Ÿ

Literally: may You fence their breaches.

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May God arise; may His enemies be scattered, and may His adversaries flee from before Him.62 Protect us, and remove from us the blow of an enemy, pestilence, sword, trouble, evil, hunger, sorrow, destruction, and plague. Break and remove Satan from before us and from behind us. Shelter us in the shade of Your wings. Guard our goings and comings for good life and for peace— from now and forever, for You are God, our guardian and our savior.

eiaiF` EvEt¨ midl` mEw¨ ¨§ i ¦Ÿ ¡ i ei`pUn EqEpie§ ¨§ © § ¨ .[n"ne`i`i] eipRn ¨¨ ¦ EPOn xqde§ EpcrA obde§ ¤ ¦ ¥¨ ¥£ © ¥ ¨ axg ,xaC ,aiF` zMn ¤¤ ¤ ¤ ¥ ©© oFbie§ arxe§ ,drxe§ dxve§ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨¨ .dtBnE zigWnE ¨¥ © ¦ § © ohU xqde§ xaW ¨¨ ¥¨ Ÿ § ,Epixg`nE EpiptNn ¥£ © ¥ ¥¨§ ¦ ,EpxiYqY LitpM lva ¥ ¦ § © ¤¨ § ¥ § Ep`FaE Epz`v xnWE ¥ ¥ ¥ Ÿ § mFlWlE miaFh miIgl ¨ § ¦ ¦© § ,mlFr cre§ dYrn ¨ © ¨©¥ .dY` EpliSnE EpxnFW l` iM ¨¨ ¥ ¦ © ¥§ ¥ ¦

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Prayer for Harmonious Marriage

,LiptNn oFvx idi okaE ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥§ that You protect Your people, Israel, l`xUi LOr z` xnWYW ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¤ Ÿ § ¦ ¤ from all [spiritual] uncleanness, filth, d`lge§ d`nh lMn ¨§¤ ¨ §ª ¨¦
May it also be Your will
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Psalms 68,2. In the Hebrew text, the first letters of the words in the verse form an acrostic n"ne`i`i, which is

a kabbalistic representation of a Name of God.

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defilement, and any impure occurrence. When any one of Your people, Israel, sleeps— may he not be inflicted with evil, neither during the day nor during the night.63 Let there not alarm us— bad dreams or evil thoughts, and may our offspring64 be perfect before You. Grant us the merit that we become sanctified at the time of our [marital] relations, with holiness, with purity, with modesty and with pure thoughts; and may all of our actions be for the sake of Heaven. May You match every one of Your people, Israel, and our descendants, [with] a pleasant spouse, who is appropriate for each and every one, and in a way that nobody loses for the benefit of another.65 May their match be successful; Imbue66 love and kinship,
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,xFdh iYlA dxwOnE dndfe§ ¨ ¦ § ¦ ¤§ ¦ ¦ ¨ £Ÿ l`xUi LOrn cg` lM oili ike§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ ¨ ¤ ¨ ¦¨ ¦ ,rx cwRi lA ¨ ¥ ¨¦ © .dliNa `le§ mFIa `l ¨§ © © Ÿ © Ÿ EpEldai l`e§ £ ©§ © mirx zFnFlg ¦ ¨ £ ,mirx mixEdxde§ ¦ ¨ ¦ §¦ .Liptl dnlW EpzHn `dzE ¤¨ § ¨¥ § ¥ ¨ ¦ ¥ § WCwzdl EpMfzE ¥ © § ¦ § ¥© § EpbEEf zrWA ¥ ¦ ©¨ § zEripvaE dxdhaE dXcwA ¦§ ¦ ¨¢ ¨ § ¨ ª§ ¦ ,zFxFdh zFaWgnaE § ¨£© § EpiUrn lk Eidie§ ¥ £© ¨ §¦ .minW mWl ¦©¨ ¥ § cg` lkl bEfzE ¨ ¤ ¨ § ¥© § EprxflE l`xUi LOrn ¥ §© § ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ d`p bEEf ¤¨ ¦ ,cg`e§ cg` lkl iE`xd ¨¤ ¨¤ ¨§ ¨¨ ot`A ¤Ÿ § .Wtp ipRn Wtp Egci `NW ¤¤ ¥ § ¦ ¤¤ §¦ Ÿ ¤ ,dti dlFr mbEEf didie§ ¤¨ ¤ ¨ ¦ ¤§¦ ,deg`e§ dad` oMWde§ ¨§ © ¨£ © ¥ § ©
65

I.e., unintentional emissions of seed.

64

Literally: our bed; see Rashi to Genesis 47,31.

Literally: that a soul cause to dwell.

should not be pushed aside for [another] soul. The holy Zohar notes that sometimes a married couple is broken apart, either through death or divorce, so that one then may marry someone else.
66 Literally:

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peace and friendship between [every] man and his wife, in order that the Divine Presence should rest among them. But if there is indeed found a man that there fell to his lot a bad portion, —a bad wife,67 a difficult and evil woman; or a woman that there fell to her lot an evil and uncontrolled husband, who hits and curses, and coerces her into physical relations— give wisdom to his wife68 to endure these afflictions with love, and to seek peace with grace and success. Let the wives of Your people, Israel, find favor and kindness in the eyes of their husbands. And the men—let them find favor in the eyes of their wives. Even if they have faults—
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zErxe§ mFlW ¥ ¨ ,FYW`l Wi` oiA § ¦ § ¦ ¥ dpikW `dYW icM ¨ ¦ § ¥ § ¤ ¥§ .mdipiA diExW ¤ ¥ ¥ ¨ § Wi` `vOi `vOd m`e§ ¦ ¥ ¨¦ ¥ ¨ ¦ ¦ ,rx wlg FlxFbA ltPW ¨ ¤¥ ¨ § ©¨ ¤ ,`WiA `nxB ¨ ¦ ¨ ¨§ ,drxe§ gEx zWw dX` ¨ ¨ © © § ¨ ¦ DlxFbA ltPW dX` F` ¨ ¨ § ©¨ ¤ ¨ ¦ ,lrIlaE rx Wi` ©© ¦ § © ¦ ,lNwnE dMn ¥©§ ¤© ,lrFaE qxFC ¥ ¥ FCbpMWl lkU oY §¤ § ¤ § ¤ ¥ ¥ ,dad`A oixEQId EN` lAql ¨£ © § ¦ ¦ © ¥ Ÿ § ¦ mFlW WTan zFidle§ ¨ ¥© § § ¦ .aFh lkUe§ ogA ¤¥ ¥ § l`xUi LOr iWp dpiidze§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ § ¨ ¤§ ¦ cqge og zF`UFp ¤¤¨ ¥ § .odilrA ipirA ¤ ¥ §© ¥ ¥§ og E`vni ,miWp`de§ ¥ § §¦ ¦ ¨£¨ ,mdizFWp ipirA ¤ ¥ § ¥ ¥§ ,zFpFxqg mdA Wi m` ENt` §¤ ¤¨ ¥ ¦ ¦£

Literally: an evil bone. This is a reference to the creation of Havah (Eve) from a bone of Adam, as the verse
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says: invrn mvr mrRd z`f—This time, [it is] a bone of my bones (Genesis 2,23). © ¨£¥ ¤ ¤ ©©© Ÿ

Literally: his counterpart; based

on Genesis 2,18 wherein a wife is referred to as FCbpM xfr — a helpmate opposite him. §¤§ ¤¥

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over all offenses and wounds,69 may love cover so that they should not look70 to the spouses71 of others. Place peace between brothers and their wives, and between a daughter-in-law and her mother-in-law,72 so that it will be good and pleasant [when] brothers live together.73 May every one of Your people, Israel, have children like olive saplings around his table.74 May You enable sufficiently parents to support their children all the days of their lives, so that the parents should never need their children to support them. May men love their wives; and may women love their husbands [with] a powerful love
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mirvtE mirWR lM lr ¦¨§ ¦¨ § ¨ © ,dad` dQkY ¨£ © ¤ © § mdipir EpYi `NW icM ¤ ¥ ¥ §¦ Ÿ ¤ ¥§ ,mixg` wlgA ¦¥ £ ¤ ¥ § mig` oiA mFlW oze§ ¦ © ¥ ¨ ¥ ,mdizFWp oiaE ¤ ¥ § ¥ dNM oiaE ¨© ¥ ,DzFnge© ¨ £ mirpe§ aFh `dIW icM ¦¨ ¥§ ¤ ¥§ .cgi mB mig` zaW ©¨ © ¦ © ¤ ¤ l`xUi LOrn cg` lkl Eidie§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ ¨ ¤ ¨ § §¦ mizif ilizWM eipA ¦ ¥ ¥ ¦ § ¦ ¨¨ ,FpglWl aiaq ¨§ ª § ¦¨ wiRqze§ ¦ § © mdipA z` qpxtl zFa`d ciA ¤ ¥ § ¤ ¥ §© § ¨¨ ©§ ,mdiIg ini lM ¤ ¥© ¥§ ¨ zFa`d Ekxhvi `le§ ¨¨ §¨ §¦ Ÿ .mdipA mEqpxtIW ¤ ¥§ § §©§ ¤ miWp`d Eidie§ ¦ ¨£¨ § ¦ mdizFWp z` miadF` ¤ ¥ § ¤ ¦£ odilrA z` zFadF` miWPde§ ¤ ¥ §© ¤ £ ¦ ¨© dGr dad` ¨© ¨£ ©
72

Based on Proverbs 10,12. on Psalms 133,1.

70

Literally: place their eyes. on Psalms 128,3.

71

Literally: portions.

The Talmud notes that the

wives of brothers, as well as mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law, are particularly prone to dislike each other.
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and may they be heard by them. But the love should not be [of such a nature] to cause deviation75 so as to prevent serving You, Heaven forbid. May parents raise their children for the [study of] Torah and for the service [of God] with all their souls and with all of their abilities. May sons and daughters honor their fathers, their mothers, their fathers-in-law, and their mothers-in-law, in accordance with that which they must do. May You grant wisdom to Your people, Israel, so that they should know [how] to conduct themselves with one another with peace and with justness. Let the elders have patience with the youth, and let them lead them and guide them gently, as appropriate to the circumstances, and as appropriate to their intellect, and as appropriate to their characters.
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.mdl zFrnWpe§ ¤¨ ¨ § ¦ dad`d `dz `l K` ¨£ © ¨ ¥ § Ÿ © dxEXd zlwlwn ¨ © ¤¤§ © § .mFlWe§ qg ,LzcFarn rpOdl ¨ ¨ ¤ ¨ £¥ © ¨ ¦ § milCbn zFa`d Eidie§ ¦ §© § ¨¨ §¦ mdipA z` ¤ ¥§ ¤ dxFYd lr ¨ © © dcFard lre§ ¨ £¨ © .mc`n lkaE mWtp lkA ¨Ÿ § ¨ § ¨ §© ¨ § micAkn Eidi zFpAde§ mipAde§ ¦§ © § §¦ ¨© ¦¨© mO`e§ mdia` z` ¨ ¦ ¤ ¦£ ¤ mzFnge© mdinge© ¨ £ ¤ ¦£ .zFUrN dn zcM £© © ¨ § l`xUi LOr z` zrC opFgzE ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¤ © © ¥ § ErcIW §¥ ¤ bdpzdl ¥© § ¦ § df mr df ¤ ¦ ¤ .xFWinaE mFlWA ¦ § ¨ § mixrPd z` ElAqi mipwGd ¦¨§ © ¤ § §¦ ¦ ¥§© zgpA mEldpie¦ mEbdpie¦ ©© § £© £© drW Kxv itl ¨ ¨ ¤Ÿ ¦ § mYrC itlE ¨ § © ¦§ ,mzFCn itlE ¨ ¦ ¦§

Literally: ruining the line.

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And let the youth honor the elders and let them follow76 their instruction. Give peace to the land, for peace is great; [may it be] favorable in Your eyes to bless us and to bless Your entire people, Israel, with abundant power and peace.

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Prayer regarding Child Bearing
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You remember all who are childless [by granting them] enduring children,77 [so as] to [do] Your service. May there not be within Your people, Israel— not an infertile male, nor a barren woman, nor a woman who miscarries. Rather, let them proliferate abundantly within the land. And if there will indeed be found a man who is fertile,78 but there fell to his lot a barren wife,
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,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mipa ikEUg lkl cwtYW ¦¨ ¥ £ ¨§ Ÿ § ¦ ¤ `nIw lW rxfA ¨¨ © ¤ ©¤ § .LzcFarl ¤ ¨ £© `di `le§ ¥§ Ÿ l`xUi LOra ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § dxwr `le§ xwr `l ¨¨ £ Ÿ ¨¨ Ÿ ,dlMWn `le§ ¨¥© § Ÿ axl EBci `N` Ÿ ¨ §¦ ¨ ¤ .ux`d axwA ¤¨ ¨ ¤¤ § Wi` `vOi `vOd m`e§ ¦ ¥ ¨¦ ¥ ¨ ¦ ¦ FlxFbA ltpe§ cilFdl iE`xW ¨ § ©¨ ¦ § ¨¤ ,dxwr dX` ¨¨ £ ¨ ¦
78

Literally: turn.

77

I.e., not children who die young, Heaven forbid.

Literally: able to sire [children].

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[then] You God, Merciful Father, Creator of all, and all-powerful, Who remembers the infertile— may You remember his wife and grant her pregnancy [with] enduring children, as You remembered our holy mothers, Sarah, Ribkah, Rahel, and Hannah. And if the man is infertile —for [all] deeds are taken into account by You79— place into their hearts that they should not be pained nor should they eat the “bread of sorrows”;80 and let they do many misvot and good deeds, for they are the primary offspring of the righteous.81 And for the pregnant women of Your people, Israel— may You protect them that they not miscarry their babies, and may You lighten for them the difficulty of their pregnancy.
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,ongxd a` ,l`d dY` ¨ £ ©¨ ¨ ¥ ¨ ¨ © ,lFki lke§ lM llFgn ¨ Ÿ Ÿ ¥ § ,zFxwr cwFR ¨£ ¥ FYW` z` cwtY § ¦ ¤ Ÿ § ¦ ,oFixd Dl oYze§ ¨¥ ¨ ¥ ¦ ,`nIw lW rxf ¨¨ © ¤ ©¤ YcwRW FnM ¨ §©¨¤ § zFWFcTd EpizFO`l §© ¥ ¦ § .dPglE lgxe§ dwax¦ dxU ¨© § ¥ ¨ ¨§ ¨¨ cilFdl iE`x oi` Wi`d m`e§ ¦ § ¨ ¥ ¦¨ ¦ ,zFlilr EpMzp Ll iM ¦£ § §¦ § ¦ mAlA oY ¨¦ § ¥ Exrhvi `NW £¨ §¦ Ÿ ¤ ,miavrd mgl Elk`i `le§ ¦ ¨ £¨ ¤ ¤ § Ÿ Ÿ ,miaFh miUrnE zFevn EAxie§ ¦ ¦ £© § ¦ §© mdizFclFY xTr mdW ¤ ¥ § ©¦ ¥¤ .miwiCv lW ¦ ¦© ¤ zFxArnE ¨ª § l`xUi LOr lW ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¤ oliSY ¥ ¦ © odizFcle© dplRz `NW ¤ ¥ § ¨§ ¥© Ÿ ¤ odilrn lwze§ ¤ ¥£¥ ¥ ¨ .oxEAr xrv ¨ ¦ ©©
80

Therefore, the infertility may be deserved, or a part of the Divine Plan.
81

They should not be depressed

by their childlessness.

See Rashi to Genesis 9,1.

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And those women [actively] giving birth82— in Your great compassion may You save them from all evil; may they give birth easily, and may there not occur any damage nor any deformity for the mothers nor for their children. May the children of Your people, Israel, be born to the world83 at a propitious time and [with] good mazal; and may they be healthy and free84 of any defect; and may their mazal be healthy; and may You decree upon them good decrees. May the children of Your people, Israel, be easy to raise, without excessive effort and exertion. And regarding the nursing mothers of Your people, Israel— may You grant85 that there not lack in their breasts sufficient [milk] for their needs. May You extend the days and years of Your people, Israel
82 85

,xAWOd lr zFaWFIde§ ¥ § ©© © § © miAxd LingxA ¦ ©¨ ¤ £ © § rx lMn oliSY ¨ ¨¦ ¥ ¦ © lwpa dpclze§ ¥¨ § ¨ § © ¥ wfp mEW rx`i `le§ ¤¤ © ¡¤ Ÿ zFclFIl mEn mEWe§ § © ,odiclil `le§ ¤ ¥§© § Ÿ l`xUi LOr zFcle© E`vie§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § §¥ mlFrd xie`l ¨ ¨ ¦£ © ,aFh lGnE daFh drWA ¨© ¨ ¨¨ § miti Eidie§ ¦¨ § ¦ mEn lMn miIwpE ¨ ¦ ¦ ¦§ EdilGn `ixA didie§ §©¨© ¦¨ ¤ § ¦ .zFaFh zFxfB mdilr xfbze§ ¥§ ¤ ¥ £ Ÿ § ¦ l`xUi LOr icle© Eidie§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥§ §¦ lCbl migFp ¥© § ¦ .dAx dribie¦ gxh ilA ¨ © ¨ ¦ ©Ÿ ¦ § zFwipOd l`e§ ¦¥© ¤ l`xUi LOrn ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ xqgi `NW riRWY © §¤ Ÿ ¤ © ¦ § © ,oMxv icM odiCCn alg ¨ §¨ ¥ § ¤ ¥ © ¦ ¨ ¨ ipWE ini Kix`ze§ ¥ § ¥§ ¦£ © l`xUi LOr ¥ ¨§ ¦ § ©
84

Literally: siting on the birthing stool.

83

Literally: come out to the air of the world.

Literally: nice and clean.

Literally: have influence; or, cause a flow [from the heavens].

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—[for] them and their wives— in joy and in pleasantness. Let the sons and daughters mature a proper maturity in the lifetimes of their fathers and their mothers. And may they not become86 orphans [subject] to their mother’s husband or their father’s wife, Heaven forbid. May there not exist among Your people, Israel— not male or female orphans, nor widowers, nor widows. Rather, let every man live with the wife of his youth, and every woman with the husband of her youth,

mdiWpE md ¤ ¥§ ¥ .minirPaE libA ¦ ¦§© ¦§ zFpAde§ mipAd ElCbie§ ¨© ¦¨© §§¦ miaFh milECB ¦ ¦ ¦ ,mO`e§ mdia` iIgA ¨ ¦ ¤ ¦ £ ¥© § minFzi zFidl Ekxhvi `le§ ¦ § § ¦ §¨ §¦ Ÿ ,mO` lrA ciA ¨ ¦ ©© ©§ ,mdia` iWp cia F` ¤ ¦£ ¥§ ©§ .mFlWe§ qg ¨ ¨ didi `le§ ¤§¦ Ÿ l`xUi LOrA ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § ,zFnFzi `le§ minFzi `l § Ÿ ¦ § Ÿ ,dpnl` `le§ onl` `l ¨¨§ © Ÿ ¨§ © Ÿ digi Wi` lM `N` ¤§¦ ¦ ¨ ¨¤ eixErp zW` mr ¨ § ¤ ¥ ¦ dixErp lrA mr dX` lke§ ¨ ¤ § ©© ¦ ¨ ¦ ¨

,daiUe§ dpwf cr ¨ ¥ ¨§¦ © And may they go together to dwell [in] honor cFaM oMWl cgi Eklie§ ¨ Ÿ § ¦ ©© §¥ in the Holy Land. .dWFcTd ux`A ¨ § © ¤¨ ¨
to a ripe, old age.

Prayer for the ill
May it be Your will,
86

,LiptNn oFvx idie¦ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦

Literally: may they not need to be.

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Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You become filled with compassion for the ill of Your people, Israel; and for those who are afflicted with depression or insanity;87 and for those who are crushed with afflictions; and for those who have physical deformities; and for the male and female elders, and for the orphans and widows; and for the poor and the paupers; and for all who are immersed in pain or in captivity, and for all those who require compassion: May You grant them love, favor, kindness, and compassion in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see them. Let they not be burdensome on those who have to be compassionate toward them; rather, they should care for them with mercy and favor. And the afflicted and those caring for them—
87

,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mingxa `NnzYW ¦ £ ©§ ¥ © § ¦ ¤ ,l`xUi LOrn milFgd lr ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ ¦ © © mdA dhlW xW` lre§ ¤¨ ¨§ ¨ ¤£ © ,zEhW gEx F` drx gEx § © ¨ ¨ © ,oixEQiA miMcOd lre§ ¦ ¦§ ¦ ª§ © © ,oinEn ilrAd lre§ ¦ ¥ £© © © ,zFpwfE mipwGd lre§ ¥§ ¦ ¥§© © ,zFpnl`e§ minFzid lre§ ¨§ © ¦ §© © ,mipFia`e§ miIprd lre§ ¦ §¤ ¦¦ £¨ © iExW `EdW in lM lre§ ¨ ¤ ¦ ¨ © ,diaWaE xrvA ¨§ ¦ § ©©§ mingx KixSW in lM lre§ ¦ £ © ¦¨ ¤ ¦ ¨ © ,dad`l mpYze§ ¨£ © § ¥ § ¦ mingxlE cqgl ogl ¦ £ ©§ ¤¤§ ¥§ LipirA ¤ ¥§ .mdi`Fx lk ipiraE ¤ ¥ ¨ ¥ ¥§ in lr EciAki `le§ ¦ © ¦ §© Ÿ ,mdilr mgxl KixSW ¤ ¥ £ ¥ ©§ ¦¨ ¤ mEbdpi `N` £©§ ¨ ¤ .dpipge© dlngA ¨ ¦£ ¨ § ¤ § mixEQId ilraE ¦ ¦ © ¥ £© ,mzF` mildpOde§ ¨ ¦ £© § ©

Literally: that rules over them a spirit of evil or a spirit of insanity.

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let them tolerate the burden and let them not wear out. And when You afflict Your people, Israel— may You afflict them with compassion, in a manner that their suffering will not divert them from Your service. And may the afflictions be ‘due to love’ —that there not be [caused] through them waste of [time available for] Torah study or prayer.88 And all those who are jailed in prison —of Your people, Israel— release their bonds and take them out to freedom.89 And those who are captives in the hands of gentiles— may You redeem them and may You free them from their captivity; and may You bring them out from bondage to redemption and from darkness to light.
88

ElAqi lr § §¦ Ÿ .ElAi `le§ Ÿ ¦ Ÿ ,l`xUi LOr z` xQiYWkE ¥ ¨ § ¦ § © ¤ ¥© § ¤ § ,mingxA mxQiY ¦ £ ©§ ¥§© § ot`A ¤Ÿ § mdixEQi mEcixhi `NW ¤ ¥ ¦ ¦§© Ÿ ¤ ,LzcFarn ¤ ¨ £¥ oixEQId Eidie§ ¦ ¦© §¦ ,dad` lW ¨£ © ¤ mda didi `NW ¤¨ ¤§¦ Ÿ ¤ lEHA ¦ .dNtzE dxFY ¨¦ § ¨ mixEq`d ziaA mixEq`d lke§ ¦ £¨ ¥§ ¦ £¨ ¨ ,l`xUi LOrn ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ mdixq`n xYd ¤ ¥¨ £ © ¥ © ,dgexl m`ivFze§ ¨¨ §¦ ¥ ¦ miiEaXde§ ¦ § © miFB ciA ¦ ©§ mliSze§ mCtY ¥ ¦ © ¥§ ¦ ,miaXn ¨§ ¦ ¦ m`ivFze§ ¥ ¦ dN`bl cEArXn ¨ ª§ ¦ § ¦ ¦ .dxF`l dlt`nE ¨ § ¨ ¥£¥

Based on Talmud Tractate Berachot 5a.

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Literally: to expanse.

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Prayer Regarding Children
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You grant us the merit —us and all of Your people, Israel— that we should rejoice in our sons and in our daughters, in our sons-in-law and in our daughters-in-law, and in our male and female grandchildren and in all of our descendents, by seeing them fulfill Your will. And may all of our children be —and all those who join us— holy offspring, offspring of stature,90 [such that] all who see them will recognize that they are offspring blessed by Adonai. May they all be physically complete, with no deformity, complete in character trait and in values and in all types of completeness. Let there not be found in us or in our offspring any defect or any invalidation, and may Your Name not be desecrated
90

,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § EpMfYW ¥© § ¤ l`xUi LOr lM z`e§ EpzF` ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¨ ¤ ¨ gnUPW © § ¦¤ ,EpizFpaaE EpipaA ¥ § ¦ ¥¨ § ,EpizFNkaE EpipzgA ¥ ©§ ¥¨£© EpizFckpe§ EpickpA ¥ §¤ ¥¨§ ¦ ,Epivlg i`vFi lke§ ¥¨£ ¥ § ¨ .LpFvx§ miUFr mzF` EpzF`xA ¤ ¦ ¨ ¥ §¦ Eprxf lk Eidie§ ¥ §© ¨ § ¦ Epil` mielPd lke§ ¥ ¥ ¦§ ¦ © ¨ ,miWp` rxf ,Wcw rxf ¦ ¨ £ © ¤ ¤Ÿ ©¤ mExiMi mdi`Fx lM ¦© ¤ ¥ ¨ .dedi KxA rxf md iM ¨Ÿ § © ¥ © ¤ ¥ ¦ mtEbA minlW mNk Eidie§ ¨ § ¦ ¥ § ¨ª §¦ ,mEn mEW ilA ¦ § zFrcaE zFCnA minlW ¥§ ¦ § ¦¥ § .zEnlW ipin lkaE ¥ § ¥ ¦ ¨§ Eprxfa `le§ Epa `vOi `le§ ¥ §© § Ÿ ¨ ¥ ¨¦ Ÿ ,lEQR mEWe§ mbR mEW ¦ ¨§ LnW lNgzi `le§ § ¦ ¥© §¦ Ÿ

Literally: children [who are] men.

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through us, Heaven forbid. Rather, may we all be sanctifiers of Your Name. May we all be satiated [with] favor and filled [with] the blessing of Adonai —beloved above and pleasant below. May all91 fortify our strength [so as] to [do] Your service; let there not be against us any prosecutors above; and let there not be any enemies below, so that not a single thing should distract us from [doing] Your service, and from being involved in Your Torah, and from clinging to You always.

,mFlWe§ qg ,Epici lr ¨ ¨ ¥¨ © ,LnW iWCwn EpNM didp `N` ¤ § ¥ §© § ¨ª ¤§¦ ¨¤ oFvx miraU EpNM didpe§ ¨ ¦¥ § ¨ª ¤§¦ ,dedi zMxA mi`lnE ¨Ÿ § © § ¦ ¦¥ § dlrnNn miaEd` ¨§©§ ¦ ¦ £ .dhnl micngpe§ ¨¨§ ¦¨ §¤ EpgM z` mivO`n lMd Eidie§ ¥Ÿ ¤ ¦ § © § Ÿ © §¦ ,LzcFarl ¤ ¨ £© Epilr Eidi `le§ ¥¨ §¦ Ÿ dlrnNn mibxhwn ¨ § © § ¦ ¦ §§ © § ,dHnNn mixv Epl Eidi `le§ ¨ ©§ ¦ ¦¨ ¨ § ¦ Ÿ xaC mEW Epcixhi l`W ot`A ¨¨ ¥ ¦ § © © ¤ ¤Ÿ § LzcFarn § ¨ £¥ LzxFY wqrnE ¤ ¨ ¤¥¥ .xicY LA miwaC EpzFidnE ¦¨ § ¦¥ § ¥ § ¦

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Fifth Day

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Prayer for Success in Torah Study

,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § that You have compassion mgxYW ¥ ©§ ¤
May it also be Your will,
91

This refers to both spiritual and mundane beings and powers.

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on the children of Your people, Israel, that You raise them to learn Torah for its own sake in the lifetimes of their fathers and their mothers. Grant strength, skill, and motivation92 to the fathers that they raise their children for Torah with all their souls and with all of their abilities, so that their children’s portion will be among those who sit in the Torah study halls, and their portion will not be among idlers.93 Please, God, Compassionate Father, Who is compassionate— please have compassion for us, and place into our hearts and into the hearts of our offspring understanding to understand, to discern, to listen, to study, and to teach, to keep, and to do, and to fulfill all the words of Your Torah, with love;
92

l`xUi LOr iCli lr ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥§© © dxFY cnll mlCbzE ¨ Ÿ § ¦ ¥ §© § DnWl ¨ § ¦ iIgA ¥© § .mO`e§ mdia` ¨ ¦ ¤ ¦£ aFh oFvxe§ lige§ gM oze§ ¨ ¦ © ©Ÿ ¥ zFa`l ¨¨ dxFYd lr mdipa ElCbIW ¨ © © ¤ ¥§ §©§ ¤ ,mc`n lkaE mWtp lkA ¨Ÿ § ¨ § ¨ §© ¨ § mdipA wlg `dIW ot`A ¤ ¥ § ¤ ¥ ¥ § ¤ ¤Ÿ § ,WxcOd ziA iaWFIn ¨§ ¦ © ¥ ¥ § ¦ mwlg `di `le§ ¨ § ¤ ¥§ Ÿ ,zFpxw iaWFIn ¨§ ¥ § ¦ ,ongxd a` l`d `P` ¨ £ ©¨ ¨ ¥ ¨ ¨ ¨ mgxOd ¥ ©§ © ,Epilr `p mgx ¥¨ ¨ ¥ © EpAlA oze§ ¥¦ § ¥ Eprxf alaE ¥ §© ¥ § dpiA ¨ ¦ ,rnWl ,liMUdl ,oiadl ©Ÿ § ¦ ¦ § ©§ ¦¨§ zFUrle§ xnWl ,cOllE cnll £© Ÿ § ¦ ¥ © § Ÿ § ¦ LzxFY ixaC lM z` mIwlE § ¨ ¥§ ¦ ¨ ¤ ¥ © § ,dad`A ¨£ © §

Literally: the proper desire.

93

Literally: those who sit in the corners [of the marketplace].

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bdpzdlE ¥© § ¦ § in the way of good [people]; miaFh KxcA ¦ ¤¤§ and the paths of the righteous we should .xnWp miwiCv zFgx`e§ Ÿ § ¦ ¦ ¦© §¨
and to conduct [themselves] guard.94 Favor us from Yourself [with] knowledge so that we may recognize our meager [spiritual] stature, and so that we may recognize repulsive character traits and we may keep away from them; and may we cleave to good and proper character traits, and may we do that which is good and proper in the eyes of God and man —in accordance with the needs of the moment and in accordance with the place, and in accordance with the time— so that we may find favor and success in the eyes of God and man. Enlighten our eyes in Your Torah, and may You grant us the merit to extract95 all of the aspects of literal, symbolic, homiletic,
94

zrC LY`n EpPge§ © © § ¦ ¥ ¥¨ xiMPW ¦© ¤ ,EpMxr hErn ¥ §¤ ¦ xiMPWe§ ¦© ¤ zFPbOd zFCOd ª§© ¦© ,mdn wgxzpe§ ¤ ¥ ¥ ©§¦ waCpe§ ¥ ¨¦ ,zFxWie¦ zFaFh zFCnA ¨ ¦ § xWIde§ aFHd dUrpe§ ¨¨© © ¤ £© mc`e§ midl` ipirA ¨¨ ¦Ÿ ¡ ¥ ¥ § drXd Kxv itl ¨ ¨ © ¤Ÿ ¦ § mFwOd itlE ¨© ¦§ ,onGd itlE ¨§© ¦ § aFh lkUe§ og `vnPW ot`A ¤ ¥ ¥ ¨ § ¦ ¤ ¤Ÿ § .mc`e§ midl` ipirA ¨¨ ¦Ÿ ¡ ¥ ¥ § ,LzxFzA Epipir x`de§ ¤ ¨ § ¥ ¥ ¥¨ xF`l `ivFdl EpMfzE ¨ ¦ § ¥© § hWR iwlg lM ¨ § ¥§¤ ¨ WxC fnx ¨§ ¤ ¤

Based on Proverbs 2,10.

95

Literally: to bring to the light.

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and mystical [interpretations of the Torah] that are relevant to our souls, our spirits, and our higher souls;96 and to create innovative interpretations —many and faithful to the truth of the Torah. May You save us from all error, and do not prevent us from expressing the truth, forever.97

,cFqe ¨ EpgEx EpWtpl mikIXd ¥ ¥ §© § ¦¨ © © ,EpznWpe§ ¥ ¨ § ¦ ,miWECg WCglE ¦ ¦ ¥© § miAx ¦ © .dxFY lW DYn`l miIYn`e© ¨ ¤ ¨ ¦ £© ¦ ¦ ¦ £ ,zErh lMn EpliSze§ ¨ ¨¦ ¥ ¦ © EpiRn lSY l`e§ ¦ ¦ ¥© © .mlFrl zn` xaC ¨ § ¤¡ © §

Prayer for Those Who Study Torah
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You have compassion for all those who are occupied in [the study] of Your Torah, that You grant them stability, quiet, and tranquility, and strength, and health, and sufficient ability, and good liveilhood from Your expansive and full hand; and let them not be subservient to other people.98
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,LiptNn oFvx idie¦ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mgxYW ¥ ©§ ¤ miwqFrd lM lr ¦ § ¨ ¨ © ,LzxFzA § ¨ § hwWd aEXi mdl oYze§ ¥§ © ¦ ¤¨ ¥ ¦ zE`ixaE gke§ delWe§ ¦ § ©Ÿ ¨§ © daFh dqpxtE wiRqn zlkie¦ ¨ ¨¨ §© ¦ § © ¤Ÿ ,d`lOde§ dagxd LcIn ¨¥ § © ¨ ¨ § ¨ §¨ ¦ micArWn Eidi `le§ ¦¨ § ª § §¦ Ÿ ,mce¨ xUA ci zgY ¨ ¨ ¨ © © ©
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Every individual has his own unique portion in the Torah, accessible only to him.
98

Based on Psalms 119,43.

Literally: Do not restrict from our mouths a true word forever.

Literally: under the hand of flesh and blood.

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May nothing happen to them that would disturb and restrict [them] from Your service and from [their] occupation [with] Your Torah. May You grant them the merit to spread Torah; and may You increase their students;99 and may their wellsprings100 fountain forth. May their occupation with Torah be specifically for the sake of Heaven, without any ulterior motive whatsoever. Let them learn Torah in purity in order to teach, to keep, and to do [misvot], so that their Torah should be acceptable before You like a burnt-offering and like a pleasing fragrance [of an offering]. May there not be strife among Torah scholars, Heaven forbid; rather, let the Torah scholars be complete in character traits and in values, who love peace and who increase peace, who do that which is good and proper in the eyes of God and man.
99

xaC mEW mdl rx`i `le§ ¨¨ ¤ ¨ © ¡¤ Ÿ rpFnE cixhOd ©¥ ¦§ © © LzcFarn § ¨ £¥ .LzxFY wqrnE ¤ ¨ ¤¥¥ ,dxFY uiAxdl mMfzE ¨ ¦ §© § ¥© § micinlzA mlEab dAxze§ ¦ ¦ § © § ¨ § ¤ §© ,dvEg mdizFpirn EvEtie§ ¨ ¤ ¥ §§© ¨ dxFYA mwqr didie§ ¨ © ¨ § ¦ ¤§¦ `weC minW mWl ¨§© ¦© ¨ ¥ § ,llk dIpR mEW ilA ¨ § ¨¦ § ¦ § dxdha dxFY Ecnlie§ ¨¢ ¨ § ¨ § §¦ ,zFUrle§ xnWl cOll zpn lr £© Ÿ § ¦ ¥ © § ¨ § © mzxFz didYW ot`A ¨ ¨ ¤ § ¦ ¤ ¤Ÿ § dX` oAxwM Liptl diEvx§ ¤ ¦ © §¨ § ¤¨ § ¨ ,gFgip gixkE © ¦ © ¥§ `ixFbHw didi `le§ ¨ § ¥ © ¤§¦ Ÿ ,minkg icinlYd oiA ¦ ¨£ ¥ ¦ § © © ¥ ,mFlWe§ qg ¨ ¨ minkg icinlYd Eidi `N` ¦ ¨£ ¥ ¦ § © © § ¦ ¨ ¤ ,zFrcaE zFCnA minlW ¥§ ¦ § ¦¥ § ,mFlW miAxnE mFlW iadF` ¨ ¦ §© ¨ ¥£ xWIde§ aFHd miUFr ¨¨© © ¦ ,mc`e§ midl` ipirA ¨¨ ¦Ÿ ¡ ¥ ¥ §

Literally: increase their boundaries in students.

100

... of knowledge.

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And let them find favor and success in the eyes of God and man, so that Your Name not be desecrated through them, Heaven forbid. May the Torah scholars be —and all of Your people, Israel,— men of means, fearers of God, men of truth, who [are] loath [to accept] money,101 who sanctify Your Name and fulfill Your will in accordance with Your will.

aFh lkUe§ og E`vnie§ ¤¥ ¥ § §¦ ,mc`e§ midl` ipirA ¨¨ ¦Ÿ ¡ ¥ ¥ § LnW lNgzi `NW ot`A § ¦ ¥ © § ¦ Ÿ ¤ ¤Ÿ § .mFlWe§ qg ,mdici lr ¨ ¨ ¤ ¥§ © minkg icinlYd Eidie§ ¦ ¨£ ¥ ¦ § © © § ¦ l`xUi LOr lke§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¨ ,lig iWp` ¦© ¥§© zn` iWp` ,midl` i`xi ¤¡ ¥§© ¦ Ÿ ¡ ¥ §¦ ,rva i`pFU © ¨ ¥§ LnW iWCwn ¤ § ¥ §© § .LpFvxM LpFvx§ miUFre§ ¤ §¦ § ¦

Prayers for Teachers
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You have compassion for the teachers of the children of Your people, Israel— that You give them the strength, ability, and motivation to do their work —the work of Heaven— with trustworthiness. So also the cantors and the synagogue attendants
101

,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mgxYW ¥ ©§ ¤ zFwFpiz icOln lr ¦ ¥§© § © ,l`xUi LOr lW ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¤ zlkie¦ gM mdl oYze§ ¤Ÿ ©Ÿ ¤ ¨ ¥ ¦ mYk`ln zFUrl aFh oFvxe§ ¨ § © § £© ¨ minW zk`ln ¦©¨ ¤ ¤ § ,dpEn`A ¨ ¡¤ miWOXde§ mipGgd oke§ ¦ ¨© © ¦¨© © ¥

...that they do not deserve.

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and all who deal with the public and with individuals— may they do their work with trustworthiness, in accordance with that which they must do. May You make upright —with proper counsel— workers and employers, that they should conduct themselves with each other102 with peace and with righteousness: the workers and employers should do that which they are obligated to do, in accordance with that which they must do. the workers should do their work, perfect work, complete work; and the employers should have compassion for the workers, and they should manage them with pleasant speech [and] with compassion; and they should not overburden them,103 and they should feed them at the proper time,104 with generosity; 105 the employers should not become angry
102

xEASd mr miwqFrd lke§ ¦© ¦ ¦ § ¨ ¨ ,cigId mre§ ¦¨© ¦ ,dpEn`A mYk`ln EUri ¨ ¡¤ ¨ § © § £© ,zFUrN dn zcM £© © ¨ § oTzzE ¥© § daFh dvrA ¨ ¨¥§ ,miciarOd z`e§ micaFrd z` ¦ ¦ £© © ¤ ¦§ ¨ ¤ EbdpzIW £© § ¦ ¤ EN` mr EN` ¥ ¦ ¥ ,xFWinaE mFlWA ¦ § ¨ § miciarOde§ micaFrd EUrie§ ¦ ¦ £© © ¦§ ¨ £© zFUrl mdilr lHnX dn £© ¤ ¥ £ ¨ ª ¤ © ,zFUrN dn zcM £© © ¨ § ,mzcFar Ecari micaFrd ¨ ¨ £ § ©© ¦§ ¨ ,dOz dcFar ,dnlW dcFar ¨© ¨ £ ¨¥ § ¨ £ Engxi miciarOde§ £ ©§ ¦ ¦ £© © micaFrd lr ¦§ ¨ © mEldpie¦ £© ,zEpngxA giU mrpA ¨ £ © § © ¦ ©Ÿ § ,mdilr mNr EciAki `le§ ¤ ¥£ ¨ª ¦ §© Ÿ mYrA mlk` z` mdl EpYie§ ¨ ¦ § ¨ §¨ ¤ ¤¨ §¦ ,dti oirA ¨¨ ¦ © § miciarOd Eqrki `le§ ¦ ¦ £© © £§¦ Ÿ
104

Literally: these with these.

103

Literally: weigh down a burden upon them.
105

Based on Psalms 145,15. Literally:

give them their food in their proper time.

Literally: a nice eye.

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with the workers, nor should they embarrass them nor should they cause them pain, for their pain is enough for them that they are “servants to servants.”106 And may You grant tolerance to workers and servants to endure everything and to accept the decree of heaven with a pleasant countenance. May You grant success to the teachers of children of Your people, Israel— that they should be productive: 107 the students should learn easily, be quick to understand, and slow to forget.108 Let there rest on Your people, Israel —young and old— the spirit of Adonai, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of [good] counsel and courage, a spirit of knowledge and fear of Adonai,109
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micaFrd lr ¦§ ¨ © mdipt EpiAli `le§ ¤ ¥§ ¦ §© Ÿ ,mzF` Exrvi `le§ ¨ £©§ Ÿ mzxv mIC iM ¨ ¨¨ ¨ © ¦ ,micarl micaFr mdW ¦ ¨ £© ¦§ ¥¤ zEplaq oYze§ ¨ §© ¥ ¦ mizxWnE micaFrl ¦ §¨ § ¦§ ¨ lMd z` lAql Ÿ © ¤ Ÿ § ¦ minW zxfB lAwlE ¦ © ¨ ©¥ § ¥ © § .zFti mipR xaqA ¨ ¦¨ ¤¥§ dglvd oYze§ ¨¨§© ¥ ¦ zFwFpiz icOlnl ¦ ¥§© § ¦ l`xUi LOr ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ,ixR EUrIW ¦¤ £© ¤ ,cnll migFp micinlYd Eidie§ Ÿ § ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ § © © §¦ .cA`l miWwe§ rnWl mixidn ¥©§ ¦ ¨ ©Ÿ § ¦ ¦ ¦ § l`xUi LOr lr gEpze§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © © © ¨ milFcBd mr miPhTd ¦ §© ¦ ¦© §© ,dedi gEx ¨Ÿ § © ,dpiaE dnkg gEx ¨ ¦ ¨§¨ © ,dxEabE dvr gEx ¨ § ¨¥ © ,dedi z`xie§ zrC gEx ¨Ÿ § © § ¦ © © ©

One who works for a human being, instead of directly for God, is considered the servant of a servant; see
107

Talmud Tractate Baba Kama 116b. to lose [knowledge].
109 Based

Literally: they should produce fruit.

108

Literally: quick to hear and difficult

on Isaiah 11,2.

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so that they will be crowned with the crown of Torah and the crown of a good name. And it will be said of each of them, “You are My servant, Israel, through whom I glorify Myself.”110 And let there be to Your people, Israel —old and young— an intense111 love for Torah and for misvot. May the words of Your Torah be precious to them; [more] desirable than gold and [even] an abundance of fine gold, and sweeter than honey and dripping nectar.112 Make sweet, please, Adonai, our God, the words of Your Torah in our mouths and in the mouths of Your people, the House of Israel. May we be —we and our offspring, and the offspring of our offspring, and the offspring of Your people, Israel —all of us—
110

mixYkn EidIW ot`A ¦ ¨ § ª § ¦ ¤ ¤Ÿ § dxFY xzkA ¨ ¤¤§ ,aFh mW xzke§ ¥ ¤¤ :mdn cg` lM lr xn`ie§ ¤ ¥ ¨ ¤ ¨ © ¥ ¨¥ l`xUi dY` iCar" ¥ ¨§ ¦ ¨ ¨ ¦ § © ,"x`Rz` LA xW` ¨¨ § ¤ § ¤£ l`xUi LOrl didie§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § ¤§¦ miPhTd mr milFcBd ¦© §© ¦ ¦ §© .zFevOaE dxFYA dxzi dAg § ¦ © ¨ © ¨¥§ ¨ ¦ LzxFz ixaC Eidie§ § ¨ ¥§ ¦ § ¦ mdilr miaiag ¤ ¥£ ¦ ¦£ adGn micngp ¨¨ ¦ ¦¨ §¤ ax fRnE ¨ ¨¦ .mitEv ztpe§ WaCn miwEznE ¦ ¤Ÿ © §¦ ¦ § Epidl` dedi `p axrde§ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § ¨ ¤ £ © EpitA LzxFz ixaC z` ¦ § § ¨ ¥§ ¦ ¤ LOr zFItitaE §© ¦ ¦ § ,l`xUi ziA ¥ ¨§ ¦ ¥ didpe§ ¤§¦ Epi`v`ve§ Epgp` ¥ ¨¡¤ §©£ Epi`v`v i`v`ve§ ¥ ¨¡¤ ¥ ¨¡¤ l`xUi LOr i`v`v ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ ¨¡¤ EpNM ¨ª

Isaiah 49,3. 111 Literally: extra.

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Based on Psalms 19,11.

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LnW ircFi ¤ § ¥ § and study Your Torah for its own sake. .DnWl LzxFz icnFle§ ¨ § ¦ § ¨ ¥§
[people] who know Your Name

Prayer for Community Judges
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You have compassion on all those who fill Rabbinical positions 113 to judge Your people and to instruct them [in] the statutes and the teachings— that You aid them so that they should not err in a matter of law: they should not say of the impure [that it is] pure nor of the pure [that it is] impure; nor of the prohibited [that it is] permitted nor of the permitted [that it is] prohibited; nor of the innocent [that he is] guilty nor of the guilty [that he is] innocent. May You save them from all error, and may You grant them the merit to enact protective decrees;114
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,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mgxYW ¥ ©§ ¤ ,hRWOl zF`qk iaWFi lM lr ¨§ ¦© § ¦ ¥ § ¨ © LOr z` hRWl §© ¤ Ÿ § ¦ mdl zFxFdlE ¤¨ § ,zFxFYd z`e§ miTgd z` © ¤ ¦ª© ¤ mxfrze§ ¥§ § © ,dkld xacA ElWMi `NW ¨¨£ © §¦ § ¨¦ Ÿ ¤ `nh lr Exn`i `le§ ¥¨ © § Ÿ Ÿ xFdh ¨ ,`nh xFdh lr `le§ ¥¨ ¨ © Ÿ xYn xEq` lr `le§ ¨ª ¨ © Ÿ ,xEq` xYn lr `le§ ¨ ¨ª © Ÿ aIg i`Mfl `le§ ¨© ¨© § Ÿ ,i`Mf aIgl `le§ ¨© ¨ © § Ÿ ,zErh lMn mliSze§ ¨ ¨¦ ¥ ¦ © mMfzE ¥© § mixcB xCbl ¦ ¨§ Ÿ § ¦
Literally: to make fences.

Based on Psalms 122,5. Literally, sit in chairs for judgement.

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and to establish ordinances and proper customs; and to spread Torah. May You give them the heart to discern between good and evil, and may their hearts be like the heart (i.e., courage) of a lion to rebuke with fairness those who transgress Your will. Let them not show favoritism, and let them not be intimidated by any person. Let awe of them be present upon the people; and let their love [of the people] be engraved upon their hearts. Let them be pleasing speakers.115 May You make them happy [by providing them] with rhetorical skill and appropriate topics; and let their words be pleasant and accepted by those who hear them. May they merit to lead Your children to [do] Your service; and may they endure
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zFxWi zFbdpde§ zFpTY oTzlE ¨§ ¨§© ¨© ¥© § ,dxFY uiAxdlE ¨ ¦ §© § oiadl al mdl oYze§ ¦¨§ ¥ ¤¨ ¥ ¦ ,rxl aFh oiA ¨¨ ¥ mAl `die¦ ¨¦ ¥ dix`d alM ¥ §© ¨ ¥ § xFWinA gikFdl ¦ § © ¦ § .LpFvx§ ixaFrl ¤ ¥§ § mipt E`Ui `le§ ¦¨ §¦ Ÿ ,Wi` ipRn ExEbi `le§ ¦ ¥§ ¦ ¨ Ÿ mzni` didze§ ¨ ¨ ¥ ¤§ ¦ zFIxAd lr zlHn ¦§ © © ¤¤ ª mzad`e§ ¨ ¨£ © .mAla dwEwg ¨¦ § ¨ £ ,miTYnn mMg didie§ ¦ © § © ¨¦ ¤§¦ mgOUzE ¥ § © § mdit dprnA ¤ ¦ ¥£© § ,FYrA xacaE ¦ § ¨ ¨§ miaxr mdixaC Eidie§ ¦ ¥£ ¤ ¥ § ¦ § ¦ .mdirnFWl milAwnE ¤ ¥§ § ¦ ¨ª§ LipA Kixcdl EMfie§ ¤¨ ¦ § © § §¦ ,LzcFarl ¤ ¨ £© ElAqie§ § §¦

Literally: let their palate be sweet. Based on Song of Songs 5,16.

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the burden of [leading] Your people; and may they carry them as a nurse carries an infant.116 And may they not act arrogantly to the community. May they do nothing improper, so that the position of leadership not bury those who occupy it,117 Heaven forbid; rather, may they live long days and years in their positions; 118 and may they merit and may they live and may they attain goodness and blessing for the life in the World to Come.

LOr lr §© Ÿ mzF` E`Uie§ ¨ §¦ ,wpFId z` onF`d `Vi xW`M ¥ © ¤ ¥ ¨ ¨¦ ¤ £© E`Bzi `le§ ¨§¦ Ÿ .xEASd lr ¦© © xaC mEW EUri `le§ ¨¨ £© Ÿ ,obdk `NW ¤Ÿ © Ÿ ¤ zEpAxd `dz `NW ot`A ¨ © ¨ ¥ § Ÿ ¤ ¤Ÿ § ,mFlWe§ qg ,dilrA zxAwn ¨ ¨ ¨ ¤ ¨ § ¤¤ © § mipWe§ mini Ekix`i `N` ¦¨ ¦¨ ¦ £© ¨ ¤ ,mYklnn lr ¨ §© § © © Eigie§ EMfie§ §¦ §¦ dkxaE daFh EWxiie§ ¨ ¨§ ¨ §¦ .`Ad mlFrd iIgl ¨ © ¨ ¨ ¥© §

Prayer for Community Leaders
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You have compassion for the administrators and caretakers of [Your people] Israel, and for those who are close to regimes and governments—
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,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mibidpOd lr mgxYW ¦ ¦§ ©© © ¥ ©§ ¤ ,l`xUi irFxe§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ ¥ zFIklOl miaFxTd lre§ ª§ ©© ¦ §© © ,zFxxVle§ ¨§ ©

Based on Numbers 11,12.

117

Literally: its owners. The Sages note (Talmud Tractate Pesahim 87b) that “authority
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buries those who possess it.”

Literally: on their kingship.

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that You grant them favor, kindness, and compassion in the eyes of the rulers119 and the officials [so that] they will grant their requests. (And may You place within the hearts of the ruler and the officials upright counsel for stability and the benefit of [the people of] Israel; and the land should be calm.) The elite of Your people, Israel, who are120 [politically] powerful— let them not be guilty of betrayal,121 to act haughtily towards Your people, or to harm them, or to transgress Your Torah, Heaven forbid. Rather, they should be the first [to] stand to fulfill the Torah and to raise the banner of Torah; and to smash the wicked,122 and to rescue [any] oppressed person from the hand of his oppressors, and to rescue Jews, physically and financially, 123
119

mpYze§ ¥§ ¦ mingxlE cqglE ogl ¦ £ ©§ ¤¤§ ¥§ mixVde§ miklOd ipirA ¦¨ © ¦¨ §© ¥ ¥§ mzWTa EUrIW ¨ ¨ ¨© £© ¤ alA oYze) ¥ § ¥ ¦ § mixVde§ KlOd ¦¨ © ¤ ¤ © aEXil dpFkp dvr ¦§ ¨ § ¨¥ l`xUi zaFhlE ¥ ¨§ ¦ © § ,(ux`d hwWze§ ¤¨ ¨ Ÿ § ¦ l`xUi LOr ilFcbE ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ § ,dtiTY mci xW` ¨ ¦ © ¨¨ ¤ £ lrnA mci didz `l © © § ¨¨ ¤ § ¦ Ÿ LOr lr zF`Bzdl §© © ¨§ ¦ § mdOr rxdlE ¤ ¨ ¦ ©¨ § ,mFlWe§ qg ,LzxFY lr xarle§ ¨ ¨ § ¨ © Ÿ £© dpFW`x¦ Ecnri dOd `N` ¨ § ©© ¨ ¥ ¨ ¤ dxFYd z` mIwl ¨ © ¤ ¥©§ dxFYd lbC z` miwdlE ¨ © ¤¤ ¤ ¦¨§ rWx zFrYln xAWlE ¨ ¨ § § © ¥© § wEWr liSdlE ¨ ¦©§ ,FwWFr cIn § ©¦ mpFnnE l`xUi sEB liSdlE ¨ ¨ ¥ ¨§ ¦ ¦©§
122

Literally: kings.

120

Literally: whose hand is. 121 Literally: let not their hand be in betrayal.
123

Literally: to smash

the molars of the wicked; who figuratively hold their victims in their jaws. Jews and their money.

Literally: to save the body of the

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from the hand of tyrannical gentiles —with modesty and with righteousness. In this way, no evil shall befall them, nor shall any plague approach their dwelling.124 Rather, there will be peace within their walls, [and] serenity within their palaces,125 all the days of their lives. May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that there shall not be removed the rod [of authority] from Yehudah, or a lawgiver from between his legs, until the arrival of Shiloh (i.e., Mashi’ah) 126 Let them have the strength to govern properly and well in the eyes of God and man. Let them deal with the community for the sake of Heaven; and let them succeed in their dealings for the benefit of Your people, Israel.
124

mivixr miFB cIn ¦ ¦¨ ¦ ©¦ ,wcve deprA ¤ ¤ ¨ ¨¨ £ © ,drx mdil` dP`z `l okaE ¨ ¨ ¤ ¥£ ¤ª § Ÿ ¥ § ,mdild`A axwi `l rbpe§ ¤ ¥ ¢ ¨ § © § ¦ Ÿ ©¤ mligA mFlW idi wx ¨ ¥ § ¨ ¦§ © mzFpnx`A delW ¨ § § © § ¨§ © .mdiIg ini lM ¤ ¥© ¥§ ¨ ,LiptNn oFvx idie¦ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § xEqi `NW ¨ Ÿ ¤ dcEdin haW ¨ ¦ ¤¥ eilbx oiAn wwFgnE ¨§ © ¥ ¦ ¥ § ,dliW `ai iM cr Ÿ ¦ Ÿ ¨ ¦ © gM mdl `die¦ ©Ÿ ¤ ¨ ¥ daFhe§ dxWi dbdpd bidpdl ¨ ¨¨ § ¨ ¨ § © ¦ § © § ,mc`e§ midl` ipirA ¨¨ ¦Ÿ ¡ ¥ ¥ § xEASd mr miwqFr Eidie§ ¦© ¦ ¦ § §¦ minW mWl ¦©¨ ¥ § mwqrA Egilvie§ ¨§ ¦ § ¦ §© .l`xUi LOr zaFhl ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © © §

Based on Psalms 91, 10.

125

Based on Psalms 122, 7.

126

Genesis 49:10.

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Prayer for Young Men and Women
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You have compassion for the young men of Your people, Israel. May You assist them so that they never sample the taste of sin,127 and may You avail them of their spouses as soon as they are mature.128 May the daughters of Israel be modest and chaste, and let there be fulfilled regarding Your people, Israel, the verse that is written: “For our sons are like saplings [unblemished by sin], raised [with reverence for God] from their childhood; our daughters are [spiritually upright] like corner-pillars [of an edifice],
127

,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mgxYW ¥ ©§ ¤ l`xUi LOr ixEgA lr ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ © © mxfrze§ ¥§ © © ,`hg mrh Enrhi `NW § ¥ ©© £§¦ Ÿ ¤ obEEf mdl oinfze§ ¨ ¦ ¤¨ ¦§© .owxtl KEnq ¨ §¦ § ¨ dpiidY l`xUi zFpaE ¨ ¤§ ¦ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § ,zFxWkE zFrEpv ¥ § § mIwie¦ ©ª l`xUi LOrA ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § :aEzMW `xwn ¨ ¤ ¨§ ¦ EpipA xW`" ¥¨ ¤ £ mirhpM ¦ ¦§¦ milCbn ¦ ¨ª § mdixErpA ¤ ¥ §¦ EpizFpA ¥ § zFIefk ¦¨ §

I.e., sexual impropriety.

128

Literally: close to their proper time.

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well-crafted like the structure of a palace.129 [May] the corners of our [warehouses] become filled, providing sustenance from harvest to harvest; may our flocks multiply by the thousands, by the myriads in our pastures;130 may our oxen be heavily laden;131 [may there be] no breach; [may no one] leave [into captivity], and may there be no outcry [of panic] in our streets.”132

.lkid zipaY zFaHgn ¨ ¥ ¦§ © ¨ª § Epiefn ¥¨ § mi`ln ¦¥ § of l` oGn miwitn © ¤ ©¦ ¦ ¦ § zFtil`n Epp`v ¦£© ¥ Ÿ EpizFvEgA zFaAxn ¥ § ¨ ª§ milAqn EpitEN` ¦ ¨ª § ¥ © uxR oi` ¤¤ ¥ z`vFi oi`e§ ¥ ¥ dgev oi`e§ ¨ ¨§ ¥ ."EpizagxA ¥Ÿ Ÿ § ¦

Prayer for Elders
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You have compassion for the elderly men and women of Your people, Israel— that You grant them a good old age and good final [years]: let them not wither; let their vision not worsen
129

,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § mgxYW ¥ ©§ ¤ zFpwGde§ mipwGd lr ¥§© ¦ ¥§© © ,l`xUi LOrn ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ mdl oYze§ ¤¨ ¥ ¦ ,daFh zixg`e§ daFh dpwf ¨ ¦£ © ¨ ¨§¦ mgl qEpi `l ¨¥ ¨ Ÿ mdipir Edki `le§ ¤ ¥ ¥ §¦ Ÿ
131

...without any blemish of sin or immodesty.

130

Literally: outdoors.

...with their own flesh.

132

Psalms

144,12-14, following Mesudat David.

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let their hearing not become difficult; 133 let their teeth not loosen nor fall out; let their sleep be pleasant; let them not stumble;134 let their limbs not weaken; let them not lose their mental faculties. 135 And may You provide them their sustenance with dignity, with permitted practices, with tranquility, and abundance. May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You assist Your people, Israel, that You grant them the merit that they establish their dwellings to live honorably in the Holy Land. Let no man say, “The location is inadequate 136 for me to live in the Holy Land.” Let them not be forced to leave it; rather, let them live there all the days of their lives in holiness and in purity. There, should be their [place of] death,
133

mdipf` EcAki `le§ ¤ ¥§ ¨ § §¦ Ÿ mdipW ElRi `le§ ERxi `le§ ¤ ¥¦ §¦ Ÿ §¦ Ÿ ,mzpW mdl axrie§ ¨ ¨ § ¤ ¨ © ¡¤ mdiNqxw Ecrni `le§ ¤ ¥ ª §© £ §¦ Ÿ mdixa` EWlgi `le§ ¤ ¥¨ ¥ § ¤¤ Ÿ ,mYrC sxHz `le§ ¨ § © ¥¨ ¦ Ÿ mdizFpFfn mdl oinfze§ ¤ ¥ § ¤¨ ¦§© xYdA cFakA ¥¤ § ¨§ .gexe§ zgpe§ ©¤ ©© ,LiptNn oFvx idie¦ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § l`xUi LOrl xfrYW ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § Ÿ £© ¤ mMfzE ¥© § mzxic ErAwIW ¨ ¨ ¦ § §¦ ¤ ,dWFcTd ux`A cFaM oMWl ¨ § © ¤¨ ¨ ¨ Ÿ § ¦ ,mc` xn`i `le§ ¨¨ © Ÿ Ÿ mFwOd il xv ¨© ¦ © .dWFcTd ux`A aW`W ¨ § © ¤¨ ¨ ¥ ¥ ¤ ,dPOn z`vl Ekxhvi `le§ ¤¤ ¦ ¥¨ §¨ §¦ Ÿ Da EaWi `N` ¨ §¥ ¨¤ mdiIg ini lM ¤ ¥© ¥§ ¨ ,dxdhaE dXcwA ¨¢ ¨ § ¨ ª§ ¦ ,mzzin `dY mWe§ ¨ ¨ ¦ ¥ § ¨
134

Literally: let their moisture not run away; let their eyes not weaken; let their ears not become difficult.
135

Literally:

let their ankles not stumble.

Literally: let not their minds be torn.

136

Literally: the place is too tight for me.

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and there, should be their final honorable rest.137 May You give strength and ability and good desire to those who live outside of the Land [of Israel] that they assist and support those living in the Land of Israel— physically and financially, so that they may live there in serenity and tranquility, performing Your service and praying for Your people.

.cFaM mzgEpn `dY mW ¨ ¨¨ § ¥ § ¨ lige§ gM oYze§ ¦ © ©Ÿ ¥ ¦ aFh oFvxe§ ¨ ,ux`l uEg iaWFil ¤¨ ¨ ¥ § § miknFze§ mixfFr mzFidl ¦ § ¦§ ¨ § ¦ l`xUi ux` iaWFi ciA ¥ ¨ § ¦ ¤¤ ¥ § ©§ ,mpFnnE mtEbA ¨ ¨ ¨ § mW EaWi ornl ¨ §¥ ©© § ,delWe§ hwWdA ¨§ © ¥§ © § LzcFar micaFr § ¨ £ ¦§ .LOr lr milNRznE ¤© © ¦ §© § ¦

Prayer for Timely and Peaceful Demise
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You save Your people, Israel, from unnatural death. Let there not be killed138 anyone of Your people, Israel —neither in the city nor in the fields, neither by man139 nor by wild animals. May You save them from death by
137

,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § l`xUi LOrl liSYW ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § ¦ © ¤ ,dPWn dziOn ¨ª § ¨ ¦ ¦ bxd zzin rx`i `le§ ¤ ¤ © ¦ © ¡¤ Ÿ ,l`xUi LOrn cg` mEWl ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¥ ¨ ¤ § ,dcVa `le§ xira `l ¤¨ © Ÿ ¦¨ Ÿ mce¨ xUa ici lr `l ¨ ¨ ¨ ¥§ © Ÿ .zFrx zFIg ici lr `le§ ¨ © ¥§ © Ÿ zziOn mliSze§ © ¦ ¦ ¥ ¦ ©
139

I.e., their burial plots.

138

Literally: let there not occur a death of killing.

Literally: flesh and blood.

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stoning, burning, decapitation, strangulation, and types [of death] similar to them.140 And when there arrives, in Your beneficial will, their allotted time,141 after lengthy days and years, let them die naturally,142 in their cities, [and] in the company of their families.143 Let their minds be clear and settled for them until [the time of] the departure of their souls —all inclusive,144 to enable them to justify Your judgment of kindness and compassion upon them.145 For You are righteous regarding all that befalls us, for You have acted with truth, and it is we who have acted wickedly.146 May You help Your people, Israel,
140 The

wpge§ bxd dtxU dliwq ¤ ¤ ¤¤ ¨ ¥ § ¨ ¦ § .odinFce§ ¤ ¥ aFHd LpFvxA riBIWkE © § § ¦ © ¦© ¤ § ,mzCwR zr ¨ ¨ª § ¥ ,mipWe§ mini zEkix` xg`l ¦¨ ¦¨ ¦£ © © § mdilr cwRi mc` lM zCwR ¤ ¥ £ ¥ ¨¦ ¨ ¨ ¨ © ª § mxirA ¨ ¦ § mdiYa iWp` lv` ¤ ¥¨ ¥§© ¤¥ mYrC `dzE ¨ § © ¥ § mdilr zaXinE dlElv ¤ ¥ £ ¤ ¤ª § ¨ § ,mznWp z`ivi cr ¨ ¨ § ¦ © ¦§ © ,llkA cre§ cr ¨§ ¦ © © KpiC wiCvdl ¨ ¦ ¦§©§ .mdilr mingxe§ cqg lW ¤ ¥£ ¦£ © ¤¤ ¤ wiCv dY`e§ ¦© ¨ © ,Epilr `Ad lM lr ¥¨ ¨© ¨ © ziUr zn` iM ¨ ¦ ¨ ¤¡ ¦ .EprWxd Epgp`e© § ¨ §¦ §©£ l`xUi LOr z` xfrze§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¤ Ÿ £©

Sages state that although Sanhedrin (Central Jewish Court) no longer exists, the four executions they

were empowered to administer still exist in analogous form. For example, if one committed a crime for which he is liable to burning (whereby hot lead is poured down his throat), God would make him die in a fire; see Talmud Tractate Ketubot 30a. reckoned upon them.
143 141

Literally: their time of reckoning.

142

Literally: may the reckoning of all men be Literally: until, and the until is inclusive.
145

Literally: near the members of their household.

144

I.e., let their minds be clear until the time of their death and also during the time of their death. including death, is justified and indeed merciful.
146

This is

called oiCd wECv - justification of the judgment, whereby a person accepts that everything negative that occurs, ¦© ¦ Nehemia 9,33.

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that they should die in a state of complete repentance. And let their death be an easy death, —a death by [divine] kiss147— without struggle and great panic. Bring them to Your Garden of Eden within the realm of the just and righteous. May they rest in their final resting place in peace. May they be buried with a proper burial. on the day of their death—by Jews, with honor, not with disgrace; and may there be for them —until their burial is complete 148— peace [so as] to [do] Your service.149 May You save Your people, Israel, from the punishment of “beating [in] the grave,”150 from the punishment of reincarnation, from other difficult and bitter punishments, and from the judgment of Gehinnom. May You have compassion
147

EzEnIW ¨¤ ,dnlW daEWY KFYn ¨¥ § ¨ § ¦ ,dNw dzin mzzin `dzE ¨© ¨ ¦ ¨ ¨ ¦ ¥ § ,dwiWp zzin ¨ ¦ § © ¦ .dAx dldaE gxh ilA ¨ © ¨¨¤ ©Ÿ ¦ § Kpcr obl m`iazE ¤ §¤ ©§ ¥ ¦ § ,miciqge© miwiCv zSgnA ¦ ¦£ ¦ ¦© © ¦ § ¦ maMWn lr EgEpie§ ¨¨ § ¦ © ¨ ,mFlWA ¨ § daFh dxEaw ExaTie§ ¨ ¨ § § ¨¦ ,l`xUi ici lr ,mzzin mFiA ¥ ¨ § ¦ ¥§ © ¨ ¨ ¦ § ,iEGaA `le§ cFakA ¦ § Ÿ ¨§ mdl didie§ ¤¨ ¤§¦ `zixzA `lEAf cr ¨§ ©§ © ¨ ¦ © .LzcFarl `nlW ¤ ¨ £© ¨ ¨ § l`xUi LOrl liSze§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © § ¦ © Wprn ¤Ÿ ¥ xaTd hEAg ¤¤© ¦ milEBlB WprnE ¦ § ¦ ¤Ÿ ¥ mixnE miWw miWpr x`XnE ¦¨ ¦ ¨ ¦ ¨¢ ¨ § ¦ .mPdiB lW DpiCnE ¨¦ ¥ ¤ ¨ ¦¦ mgxzE ¥ ©§
149

This was the manner of death of Moshe, Aharon, Miriam, and extremely righteous people, and is the least
148

difficult form of death (Talmud Tractate Berachot 8a). earth].”

Literally: until the last shovelful.

The Talmud
150

(Tractate Berachot 8a) instructs that one should pray for an undisturbed burial “until the last shovelful [of This

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for the rejected souls of Your people, Israel— that You should deal151 with them well beyond the requirements of strict justice. May You say to the Angel of Destruction, “Enough.” May You rescue them from their punishment. May You raise them up by degrees to be illuminated in the light of Your countenance and to have pleasure from the radiance of Your Divine Presence. Let them have a proper [final] rest; let their dwelling be in the Garden of Eden always,152 within the realm of the righteous. May their souls be bound up in the bond of [eternal] life; may [their] spirit return to God Who conferred it; and may every higher soul praise God.153 God, Who is filled with compassion, become filled with compassion on their souls,

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151

is a form of punishment that the departed suffer immediately following their burial. Literally: all the days.
153

Literally: enter.

152

Based on Psalms 150,6.

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their spirits, and their higher souls —of Your people, Israel. And may You gird them [with] happiness, so that the glory (i.e., soul) should sing to You and it should not be silent; Adonai, my God, I will forever thank You.154

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Multi-faceted Prayer
May it also be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You assist and You grant the merit to Your people, Israel, that they should sacrifice their lives for the sanctification of Your Name, with love. These burnt-offerings from the Jewish People— may You accept with favor; and in Your great compassion, may You find us desirable and may You favor us for having been sacrificed as a burnt-offering and as a pleasing aroma before Your Throne of Glory. May it also be Your will,
154

,LiptNn oFvx idie¦ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦ ,EpizFa` idl`e Epidl` dedi ¥ £ ¥ Ÿ ¥ ¥ Ÿ ¡ ¨Ÿ § dMfzE xfrYW ¤© § Ÿ £ © ¤ l`xUi LOr z` ¥ ¨§ ¦ § © ¤ mWtp mixqFn EidiW ¨ §© ¦§ §¦¤ .dad`A LnW zXcw lr ¨£ © § § ¦ © ª§ © l`xUi iX`e§ ¥ ¨§ ¦ ¥ ¦ ,oFvxa lAwY ¨§ ¥ © § ,miAxd LingxaE ¦ ©¨ ¤ £ © § EpA uRgY ¨ Ÿ § © Epvxze§ ¥ §¦ miaxwp EpzFidl ¦ ¨§¦ ¥ § ¦ gFgip gixlE dX` oAxwl © ¦ ¥§ ¤ ¦ © §¨ § .LcFak `Qk iptl ¤ § ¥¦ ¥§¦ ,LiptNn oFvx idi oke§ ¤¨ § ¦ ¨ ¦§ ¥

Psalms 30,13.

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Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You assist Your people, Israel, that they should sacrifice their lives for the sanctification of Your Name, to act with great zeal for Adonai, [Master] of hosts, and to protest [affronts] to the honor of Your Name. May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You become filled with compassion for us— that there should be a flow of the Divine Dew from the two celestial influences, ‘Notzer’ and ‘Naké,’ 155 by way of the ‘Palate’ and the ‘Throat’ to ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’; and from ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ to the ‘Small Face,’ and from the ‘Small Face’ to the ‘Field of Holy Apples.’156 And from there may there propagate
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Notzer and Naké correspond to the eighth and thirteenth of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy.

This

segment represents a allegorical kabbalistic description of the descent of God’s beneficence from the uppermost spiritual levels into the physical world. All of the terms in quotes refer to specific kabbalistic concepts.

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and reach and may there be accepted —that flow— in all of the worlds. Quench the face of the Earth and satiate the entire world from Your bounty; fill our hands with Your blessings and from the wealth of the gifts of Your hands, [so as] to [do] Your service. May You grant us generosity, and may You provide us with money [with which] to do charity and bestowing of kindness, and to do all of Your misvot properly, in thought, in speech, and [in] deed. May You provide for us appropriate people to whom to be charitable.157 May You grant us our livelihood from Your full and generous hand. May You save us from any trace of sin associated with food or drink. May You assist all those involved in ritual slaughter, and nikkur,158
157

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158 The

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and anything [associated with] food and drink,

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Prayer for Proper Emotions
May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You assist us to rejoice in the involvement of Your Torah and in the fulfillment of Your misvot, and in Sabbaths and Holidays, a great happiness of [fulfilling] a misvah. May we rejoice over Your every statement

more than one who finds abundant spoils.160 May we be sad at a time for sadness, and may we cry when it is appropriate to cry, such as for our sins and their effects,161 and for the destruction of the Holy Temple, and for the death of good people, and the like. May our eyes [then] cascade streams of water,162
slaughtered animals. on Psalms 119,162.
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Literally: from under their hands. I.e., causing people to eat non-kosher food.
162

Based

161

Literally: for what we caused through them.

Based on Psalms 119,136.

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Prayer for Proper Beliefs and Thoughts
May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You implant within the hearts of Your people, Israel, that they should believe with a perfect faith in the Torah and in all the words of Your servants, the sages of Israel. May they believe in You and in Your supervision [of the world]; and may their trust be in You always. May they not agonize over what might happen tomorrow,163 and may they not agonize over the frivolities of this world. May they not become angry and may they not anger You.
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Literally: [over] a distress of tomorrow.

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May they not forget You, and may their thoughts not drift away from [thinking of] love of You and awe of You for even a moment. Sparks of inspiration of love of You and awe of You and thoughts of repentance— may they be constant and may they increase within them, —without ceasing. May they cling to You always, and may all of their actions be for the sake of Heaven.

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Seventh Day

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Multi-faceted Prayers
May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You unlock the seal of knowledge and may You reveal the wellsprings of wisdom to the sages of Your people, Israel. May they become exceedingly wise

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in the revealed and in the hidden [portions of Torah], and may they know [how] to interpret the Torah properly,164 and [how] to concentrate on the [proper] intentions, and the unifications and the joinings of the divine attributes in their prayers, their misvot, and their studying, [so as] to find favor and to [be a source of] satisfaction before Your Throne of Glory. Uncover our eyes [so] that we may perceive wonders from Your Torah;165 for Adonai grants wisdom; from His mouth [comes] knowledge and understanding.166 May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You assist Your people, Israel, to be among those who are insulted but do not insult [others],
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Proverbs 2,6.

Literally: according to its truth.

165

Based on Psalms 119,18.

166

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who hear their humiliation but do not respond, who do [everything] out of love [for God] and are happy with [their] afflictions. May all of Your people, Israel, be running to misvot and fleeing from sin; may they be powerful [with regard] to suppressing their [evil] inclination, so as to fulfill Your will and to serve You wholeheartedly. May the glory of Adonai be eternal, may Adonai rejoice with His works.167 May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You assist Your people, Israel, that they should flee from jealousy, lust, and honor. May You save them from the evil eye, from the evil inclination, and from the hatred of people. May You save them from the impudent
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Psalms 104,31.

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and from impudence, from an evil man and from an evil woman, from a bad friend, from a bad neighbor, from any mishap, from libel, from unusual death, from serious illnesses, from harmful events, from difficult litigation and from a difficult litigant. May You not bring them to a challenge that You know they cannot withstand. May You distance Your people, Israel, from the evil inclination, and may You make them cleave to the good inclination. May You grant them love, grace, kindness, and compassion in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see them; and may You grant them good kindnesses.168 May You set them right with good counsel from You, and with a good friend, with a good neighbor, with a good wife, and with a good heart.
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A human kindness often has negative aspects. God’s kindness is perfect in every way.

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May You extend their days in goodness and their years in pleasantness [so as] to [do] Your service. May there not die anyone of Your people, Israel, before his [designated] time. And may You fulfill regarding them the verse that is written: “There will not be a woman who miscarries or who is barren in Your land; the number of Your days I will fill.”169 We beseech [You], God, compassionate One and gracious One, who is slow to anger: delay Your anger until we [will] return to You in full repentance before You, and until we will complete the rectification of our soul, our spirit, and our higher soul. God, Shaddai,170 say to our troubles, “Enough!”
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23,26.

170 A

Name of God, which connotes that God places limitations on all of His creations,

including the Heavens and the Earth; thus, He can limit our troubles also. See Midrash Tanhuma, Mikes 10, and Rashi to Genesis 43,14.

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For the sake of Your Name, Adonai, may You revive us; in Your righteousness, may You release our soul from distress.171 Gladden our soul with Your salvation, and purify our hearts to serve You with sincerity. Create for us a pure heart, O God, and a proper spirit renew within us.172 Grant us the merit that they should be —the days coming upon us— for peace, free of any transgression and sin; and cleansed of any iniquity, and guilt, and evil; and bound up in the study of Torah and good deeds; and graced [with] knowledge, understanding, and wisdom from Yourself, to do Your will [and] to serve You wholeheartedly. May Adonai, our God, be with us just as he was with our forefathers
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Based on Psalms 143,11.

172

Based on ibid. 51,12.

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—may He not abandon us nor forsake us— [so as] to bend our hearts toward Him, to walk in all of His ways and to observe His commandments, His statutes, and His laws that He commanded our forefathers. 173 May it be Your will, Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that Your wrath be withdrawn from Your people, from Your land, and from Your inheritance. May You act for the sake of Your Name, for You are God, a powerful redeemer. And now, may the honor of Adonai become great:174 arouse Your might and come to deliver us.175 Save us so that we will be [truly] saved, for You are our pride.176 Gather our dispersed from the four corners of the world, and bring us up joyfully to our land, and set us firmly within our boundaries.
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I Kings 8,57-58.

174

Based on Numbers 14,7.

175

Based on Psalms 80,3.

Based on Jeremiah 17,14.

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LipR x`de§ ¤¨ ¥ ¨ upon Your desolate Sanctuary, mnXd LWCwn lr ¥¨ © § ¨§ ¦ © for the sake of Adonai.177 .ipc` ornl ¨Ÿ £ © © §
And shine Your countenance Our God, God of our forefathers, compassionate King, have compassion for us; O Good and Beneficent One, be accessible to us. Return to us, in Your arousing compassion, on account of [our] Patriarchs who performed Your will. Rebuild Your House178 as at the beginning, establish Your Temple on its foundation. Show us its rebuilding [and] let us rejoice in its rectification. Return Your Divine Presence into it; and return the Priests to their service and the Levites to their rostrum179 —to their song and their melody— and return Israel to their dwellings. Bring us back, God of our salvation, and annul Your anger with us. Will You always be incensed with us; will You continue Your wrath
177

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Daniel 9,17.

178

I.e., the Temple.

179

...upon which they stood when singing during the Temple services.

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for each and every generation? For surely, You will once again give us life, and Your people shall rejoice in You. Show us Your kindness, O Adonai, and may You grant us Your salvation.180 And if the matter depends on [our] repentance, and it is revealed and known to You —for You foresee future events— that Israel will not return in repentance until You appoint181 over them a difficult ruler, whose decrees [against them] are difficult as [those of] Haman— [then] do so at once and immediately. Bring us back to You, Adonai, and we shall return; renew our days as of old.182 Adonai, hear! Adonai, forgive! Adonai listen and act! May You not delay. [Do so] for Your own sake, my God, for Your Name is invoked on Your city and on Your people.183 May it be Your will,
180

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183

Psalms 85,5-8.

181

Literally: cause to stand up.

182

Lamentations 5,21.

Daniel 9,19.

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Adonai, our God, God of our forefathers, that You listen to the prayers of Your people, Israel, and to their supplications when they pray before You —whether for themselves or for others, whether for an individual or for the multitudes —if not out of merit, [then] out of compassion, for You hearken to the prayer of every mouth, Blessed is He Who hearkens to prayer. However, if they will request of You something that is detrimental 184 for [their] service [to] You do not answer them; for toward You are all of our desires, and all of our wants and longings are only to do Your will in accordance with Your will [and] to bring satisfaction before Your Throne of Glory. Therefore, one thing do I ask from Adonai; that is what I request:185
184

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Literally: not good for them.

185

Based on Psalms 27,4.

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that You do with Your people that which is proper in Your eyes to [facilitate their] service [of] You and to [bring] satisfaction before Your Throne of Glory, and to [bring about the] rectification of our souls, our spirits, and our higher souls. Our Father, our King, our God, our Beloved, the Beloved of the light of our soul, our spirit, and our higher soul— remember our love and affection; and if we have no [worthy] actions, recall for us [Your] love for the ancients, Abraham, Yitzhak, and Yisrael, Your servants. Tear down all the partitions that separate between You and Your people, Israel. Bless us all as one, our Father, with the light of Your countenance, for with You is the source of life; by Your illumination may we see light.186 In the merit of Your Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, which are written in Your Torah,
186

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Psalms 36,10.

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as is stated: “Adonai passed by before him and called out:187 ‘Adonai, Adonai, God, Compassionate One, Gracious One, Who is slow to anger and abounding in kindness and trustworthiness, Who keeps kindness for thousands [of generations], Who bears iniquity, sin, and transgression, and absolves [those who repent]’”; 188 and for the sake of Your covenant that You have made regarding the Thirteen Attributes —that they will not be sent back empty-handed from before You189— once again cherish us190 as in the early days. For difficult is Your separation from us —much more so— than the separation of our souls. Our emotions191 have been stirred
187

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188

I.e., God called out (Ibn Ezra); alternatively, Moshe called out (Targum Yerushalmi).

Exodus 34,6-7.

189

God go

promised Moshe that when a congregation of Jewish People recites the Thirteen attributes, they will not go away empty-handed; i.e., they will receive at least a partial result. See Rashi to Exodus 17,19. back to derive pleasure through us.
191 190 Literally:

Literally: our innards.

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and our souls have craved for the redemption of Your Divine Presence and for Your Holy Abode; and for Your favor we have yearned. Behold, we are appealing to You, O Compassionate Father, shamefacedly, regarding the exile of the Divine Presence. We beseech [You], Adonai, save now Your Divine Presence, and cause our souls to cleave unto love of You, which is pleasant and delightful to our souls, our spirits, and our higher souls. May our King enter His Palace,192 speedily and very soon. May You eradicate the memory of Amalek, so that the [Divine] Name shall be complete and the [Divine] Throne [shall be] complete. 193 Then will Adonai be King over all the world; on that day Adonai will be One, and His Name [will be] One.194 Answer us, our Father, answer us, in this time and period, for we are in great distress.
192

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194

I.e., the Temple.

193

Based on Exodus 17,14 and 16. See Rashi ad loc.

Zachariah 14,9.

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May You not turn [Your attention] to our wickedness, and may You not turn away, our King, from our request. For it is not [on account of] our righteousness that we cast our appeals before You, but on [account of] Your great compassion.195 To You, Adonai, is righteousness, and to us, shame.196 Do with us righteousness, in accordance with our degradation and [spiritual] poverty, and in accordance with the greatness of Your compassion and Your kindness, and the wealth of the gifts of Your hand and the vastness of Your power. Fulfill the requests of our hearts for the good, to [facilitate our] service [of] You. From before You, our King, do not turn us away empty-handed. Act for the sake of Your great compassion; and for the sake of Abraham, master of [the attribute of] Kindness;
195

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Daniel 9,18.

196

Daniel 9,7.

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and for the sake of Yitzhak, girded in [the attribute of] Might; and for the sake of Yaakob, crowned in [the attribute of] Glory; and for the sake of Moshe, the trustworthy shepherd, bound in [the attribute of] Eternity; and for the sake of Aharon, the High Priest, bound in [the attribute of] Splendor; and for the sake of Yoseph, the Righteous, bound in [the attribute of] Foundation; and for the sake of King David, may peace be upon him, bound in [the attribute of] Kingdom; 197 and for the sake of all of the righteous and the pious— may their merits protect us and may they advocate on our behalf. Give good reward to all who truly trust in Your Name; and place our lot with them— if not out of merit, [then] out of compassion. Act for Your sake, if not for our sake;
197

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These seven attributes (Kindness through Kingdom) are seven sefirot (illumination---strata), that represent

in Kabbalah different manifestations of God’s interaction with the world.

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act for the sake of Your Name; act for the sake of Your right [arm]; act for the sake of Your Torah; act for the sake of Your holiness. So that Your beloved ones may be saved, save [with] Your right [arm] and answer me.198 May they be favorable —the utterances of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart— before You, O Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.199
198

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Psalms 60,7.

199

Psalms 19,16.

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