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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Friday is Rosh Chodesh Sivan; Time for special prayer for our children's success

We Iranian Jews are notorious when it comes to the wellbeing of our children. Again, is this because of our Jewish or the Iranian side, or perhaps both? Of course, every parent in any society wants the best for their children in all areas of their lives. However, we have been specially blessed with many Torah giants who have paved the path for us as how to set our priorities in raising our children. Such Torah giant is Shelah HaKadosh, who composed a special prayer for children.

Shelah HaKadosh composed this special prayer to express the prayers of parents on behalf of their children. The Shelah said the optimal time for parents to recite this prayer is Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan, but it may be recited anytime. The holy Shlah HaKadosh left Europe in the 17th century and made his home in Israel, becoming chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.

The Artscroll website states: "All parents want the best for their children — that they should be good and upright, that they have everything they need for a fruitful, joyous life.

(We recite the prayer anytime but especially...) on THE DAY BEFORE ROSH CHODESH SIVAN (This Thursday May 17th) , for that is the month when God gave us the Torah, and when the Jewish people began to be called His Children. On that day, (the Shelah Hakadosh) writes, fathers and mothers should give charity to the poor and repent. They should even fast, if they are able to."

You can find the text of this special prayer, and its translation here, courtesy of shemayisrael


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