Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Before Moving

This simple prayer is for a common milestone: moving. Whether it’s across town or across continents – and I’ve done both, several times in the past eight years – moving marks important moments in our lives.

Before Moving
G-d of the wanderer and sojourner,
The time has come for me to move on.
The time has come to build a life in a new place.
Grant me/us a move free of troubles,
Complications and strife.
Clear the obstacles and remove any danger,
Hidden or seen.
May this passage be for growth.
May this passage be for a blessing.
May this journey be for grace.

Grant me/us courage
As I/we change homes [and jobs]
Building a new community of
Friends, neighbors and colleagues.

[Let my children find joyous places
Among new companions,
New schools and new activities.]

G-d of shelter,
Grant peace on my/our new home,
Grant blessings to those
Who help me/us on the way
And grant joy and security to me/our family.

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Postscript: Moving can also be accompanied by other milestones, such as “Starting a New Job and when “My Child Leaves Home.”

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