Behold! I send an angel before you to protect you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Exodus 23:20

Traveler’s Prayer

May it be Your will, Eternal One, Beloved of our ancestors, to lead us in peace and direct our steps in peace; to guide us in peace, to support us in peace and to bring us to our destination in life, joy and peace.  (One who intends to return immediately says: and return in peace.)  Deliver us from the hands of every enemy and lurking foe, and robbers and wild beasts on the journey, and from all kinds of calamities that may come to and afflict the world; and bestow blessing upon all our actions.  Grant me grace, kindness and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who behold us, and bestow bountiful kindness upon us.  Hear the voice of my prayer, for You hear everyone’s prayer.  Blessed are You Lord, who hears prayer.

Some traditions suggest that the following Biblical readings should be repeated three times each.  Selecting one or more is also an option:
  • And Jacob went on his way, and angels of God met him. And Jacob said, when he saw them, “This is the camp of God,” and he called the name of that place Machanaim.  Genesis 32:2–3
  • For Your salvation I hope, O Lord.  Genesis 49:18
  • Behold!  I send an angel before you to protect you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.  Exodus 23:20
  • The Lord will give strength to the Lord’s nation; The Lord will bless the nation with peace.  Psalm 29:11

Some traditions suggest reciting the following psalm when flying in an airplane:
A Song of Ascent — Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
What is the source my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Maker of the heavens and the earth.
God will not allow you to stumble, Your Guardian will not slumber.
Indeed, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
The Lord is your Guardian, your shelter at your side.
The sun will not smite you by day nor the moon by night.
The Lord will guard you against all evil;
God will guard you, body and soul.
The Lord will guard your going out
and your coming home, now and forever.
Prayer for a Trip to IsraelI rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go the House of the Lord.”  Soon we will be standing within your gates, O Jerusalem, where the tribes of Israel made regular pilgrimage.  We are taught that all Jews should to go up to Jerusalem and give thanks to the Lord.  The thrones of justice were there, the thrones of the house of David.

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love her prosper. Let there be peace within her borders, prosperity within her homes. For the welfare of all, we speak only peace on her behalf.

Psalm 137 (excerpt)

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.*
On the willows we hung our lyres.
There our captors demanded songs of us, that our lyres should play joyful music.
“Sing for us from Zion’s song.”
How can we sing the song of the Lord on alien soil?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither.
May my tongue cleave to my palate if I fail to remember you,
If I fail to elevate Jerusalem above my highest joy.

* The name Zion is a term used to refer to the land of Israel.


 (prayer for all types of special occasions): 

Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam,
she-he-che-yanu ve-ki-manu, ve-higiyanu lazman hazeh.

Praised are You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe,
for granting us life, for sustaining us, and for helping us to reach this day.

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