Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Special Tefillah (prayer) Today for one's Children

As I write, erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan quickly approaches - this year corresponding to the night of May 16 and day of May 17. There was a very great rabbi who composed a special prayer for parents to recite for their children. Though this prayer may be recited throughout the year for one's children, the Shloh - the rabbi who composed this prayer - recommends that it be said the day before Rosh Chodesh Sivan - the month on which the Torah was given - as that is a particularly auspicous time for the prayer to be recited. Any parent who wishes to recite that tefillah (prayer), can find the text and its translation by clicking on this link. Otherwise, for the Hebrew text, please find it immediately below. Artscroll offers a three page Hebrew-English translation of this special tefillah which can be found by clicking here. I would recommend checking out their site as well. (Note on reciting of HaShem's Name: On Artscroll's site, they write a "ד" which designates HaShem's Name, pronounced "א-דני", as well as writing a "אלקינו" instead of "א-להינו" - the way it should be read when reciting the prayer, and "קל" is written when it should be pronounced as "א-ל".) May all of our tefillos for the good be answered. Amein! May all of our tefillos for the good be answered. Amein!