Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go. You think you remembered everything—change of clothes, snacks for now and later, the non-greasy water-resistant sunscreen. The kids are getting antsy. You’re FINALLY out the door.
Did you know there’s a traditional Jewish prayer for this moment? The Traveler’s Prayer (known in Hebrew as Tefilat Haderech) taps into whatever you hope for, worry about, or are grateful for as you head to points near and far. (And let’s face it, when it comes to traveling with kids, we can use all the help we can get.)
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Use this printable to carry a copy of the tefilat haderech or traveler’s prayer, with you. You can also add your own touches and wishes to the blessing, like “please let traffic be light,” or “may we smile a lot and make lots of memories.” To learn more about this prayer and check out lots of tips for traveling with kids, be sure to visit PJ Library’s Travel page.
As you start your trip, read—or have your child read—the Traveler’s Prayer. Use the traditional version, a shortened version, or make up your own. Use the printable to spark a conversation with your children about the trip. What are you looking forward to? What are you nervous about? What new things might you experience?
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December 21, 2018