"May it be Your will, G‑d, our G‑d, and the G‑d of our fathers, that You should lead us in peace and direct our steps
in peace, and guide us in peace, and
support us in peace, and cause us to
reach our destination in life, joy, and peace."
Traveler's Prayer, also known as the Tefilat Haderech in
Hebrew, has a long history and is believed to have originated from the Talmudic
sages who would recite it when setting out on a journey. This prayer is a
common tradition in many cultures and religions. It is often repeated to ask
for divine protection and guidance during travel and to express gratitude for a
While the wording and timing of the
prayer may vary depending on the specific tradition, it is customary to recite
the Traveler's Prayer when embarking on a long journey, regardless of the mode
of transport. Some believe it should be recited before leaving, while others
believe it should be recited after leaving the city borders.
Setting out on a journey can
involve more than physically leaving for a particular route. It can also be
seen as a symbolic journey that involves leaving behind one's familiar
surroundings and stepping into the unknown. In this sense, the Traveler's
Prayer can serve as a way to seek divine guidance and protection for the entire
journey, both physically and spiritually.
As a symbol of this
tradition, Jewish jewelry often features the Traveler's Prayer as a
pendant or charm. Wearing such jewelry can serve as a personal reminder to
recite the prayer and seek protection during travels while also honoring this
ancient prayer's rich history and tradition.