A prayer for your children

Years ago, I was living in Israel and one day my oldest son (then about 4 – 6, don’t remember exactly) brought home a lovely handout from his school.  It was the Tefillas Ha’Sheloh, a special prayer composed by the saintly Shloh Hakadosh, and was sent home the day before it is recommended to be said.  At the time, I thought what a lovely thing that was to send to parents – I hadn’t been aware of this special prayer until that point.

This is a prayer that your children grow up to be G-d fearing and righteous, and while it’s wonderful to say at any time, there is a special power on one particular day of the year to say this prayer.  That day is erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan (at the very beginning of the Jewish/lunar month of Sivan).  And usually, I don’t remember about it in time to say it on that day.  But this year, erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan is June 2, and I not only remembered in time for me to say it for my own children, but I remembered in time to share it with you, too! 

To see the wording, you can click http://www.tefillos.com/tefillas_hasheloh.asp – unfortunately, this is only in Hebrew.  I did a quick search for a transliterated and/or translated version that I could share with you, but didn’t find one.  I know at some point in the past it was available on artscroll.com.  If you know of one, please share a link in the comments below!

May we each be blessed to be parents who can help our children share their unique light with the world.


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