It is often said that all spiritual or religious people long for a mystical experience of faith. Talismans, symbols, special passages of writing are often used as a form of comfort or protection. Located below is an example of the Jewish traveler's prayer that is meant to be said at the beginning of any journey. What do you make of the writing? Do you have such prayers, necklaces, rings, lucky charms that you carry with you or keep around the home? Why and what do you hope they can help do for you?
To see the Hebrew text, transliteration, and brief explanation you can go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tefilat_HaDerech
May it be Your will, Eternal One, our God and the God of our ancestors,
that You lead us toward peace, emplace our footsteps towards peace,
guide us toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace.
May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush, bandits and wild animals along the way,
and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to Earth. May You send blessing in
our every handiwork, and grant us peace, kindness, and mercy in your eyes and in the eyes of all
who see us. May You hear the sound of our supplication, because You are the God who hears
prayer and supplications. Blessed are You, Eternal One, who hears prayer.
I think that this writing is a poetic manuscript that is designed to give the traveler the inner peace and confidence, that the eternal God of their understanding will protect them during their journeys. This writing speaks eloquently of the dangerous times in which these individuals lived, due to the ...
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