Driver's Prayer

By Rabbi Michael Graetz, Mercaz Shiluv Educational Center of the Negev

 

 תְּפִלָּה לַנֶּהָג 
 
  אֱלֹהַי וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי וְאִמּוֹתַי
  אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם שָׂרָה אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק וְרִבְקָה
  וֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב וְרָחֵל וְלֵאָה
 
הַגִּיעֵנִי לְשָׁלוֹם לִמְחוֹז חֶפְצִי וְהַחֲזִירֵנִי לְשָׁלוֹם לְבֵיתִי
תֵּן בְּלִבִּי לְהַשְׂכִּיל שֶׁכָּל אָדָם נִבְרָא בְּצַלְמְךָ
וְשֶׁהַמְקַיֵם נֶפֶשׁ אַחַת כְּאִלּוּ קִיֵּם עוֹלָם מָלֵא
 
  הִנְנִי בִּינָה לְהָבִין שֶׁאֵין דָּבָר יָקָר מֵחַיֵּי אָדָם 
לֹא זְמַן וְלֹא כֶּסֶף לֹא כָּבוֹד וְלֹא נְקָמָה 
     עֲזֹר נָא לִי לִנְהֹג 
בִּזְהִירוּת לִשְׁמֹר מֶרְחָק 
  בַּאֲדִיבוּת לָתֵת זְכוּת קְדִימָה 
   בְּעֲרָנוּת לַעֲצֹר בַּזְּמָן
 
תֵּן בִּי אֶת הַגְּבוּרָה לִשְׁלֹט בְּ יַצְרִי 
בְּיֵצֶר שֶׁל קִנְאָה וְתַחֲרוּת שֶׁל שִׂנְאָה וְשֶׁל חַמְדָּנוּת
 
אַל נָא תְּהִי תַּקָּלָה בִּגְלָלִי וְלֹא אֶתַּקֵל בְּפֶנַע רָע 
 
לְמַעַן נַעֲבֹד אוֹתְךָ בֶּאֱמֶת בָּאֱמֶת
   וּלְמַעַן נַרְבֶּה אֶת קְדֻשָׁת הַחַיִּים בָּעוֹלָם
  וְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן אָמֵן
 

Elokeynu, Vi Elokey Avoteynu,
Elokey Avraham Visarah,
Elokey Yitskhak virivkah,
Elokey Yaakov, Rakhel viLeah,

Our God and God of our ancestors,
God of Abraham and Sarah,
God of Isaac and Rebecka,
God of Jacob, Rachel and Leah,

Hagi eynu lishalom limkhoz kheftseynu,
Vihakhzireynu lishalom liveyteynu,

Enable us to reach our destination safely,
And bring us back to our home in shalom.

Teyn bilibi lishaskil ki kol adam nivra bitsalmekha,
Vihamatsil nefesh akhat k'ilu hitsil olam maley,

Put it into our hearts to understand
That every human being is made in Your image, And that whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved a whole world.

Khanei binah lihavin she'eyn davar yakar meykhayey adam,
Lo ziman, lo kesef, lo kavod, lo nikamah,

Put into us the wisdom to understand
That there is nothing more precious than human life...
Not saving a few minutes,
Not making a bit more money,
Not honor,
Not revenge.

Azor na li linhog
Bizihirut lishmor merkhak,
B'adivut latet zikhut kadimah,
B'aranut  la atzor bizman,

Help me to drive
With care keeping a safe distance,
With manners giving the right of way,
With awareness so as to stop in time.

Teyn bi hagvurah lishlot biyetser hara
Shel kinah vitakhrut, sinah vikhamdanut,

Give me the discipline to control my evil impuse,
That is really what it is
To control my jealousy, my competitiveness, my anger, and my greed.

Al na tihey takala al yadi,
Vilo etkal befega ra,

May I cause no accident,
And may none befall me.

Lima'an na'avod otkha b'emet,
Ulma'an narbeh kidushat hakhayim ba'olam,

So that we may be able to serve You sincerely,
And so that we may increase the Holiness of life in this world.

Ken yihi ratson. Amen.

So may it be. Amen.

 

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