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A Selection of Prayers for Peace, collected from the prayer book used around the world.

Daily Morning Prayers After Meals Evening Prayers Traveling Prayer

Daily Morning Prayers

1. G-d bless you and guard you…G-d turn His countenance toward you and grant you peace.(Numbers 6, 22 Blessing of the Kohen)

2. These are the precepts, the fruits of which man enjoys in this world, while the principal reward remains in the World to Come: …bringing peace between man and his fellowman and between husband and wife. (Mishna Peah 1, 1; Shabbos 127a)

3. Upon Israel…may there be abundant peace, grace, kindness, compassion, long life, ample sustenance and deliverance, from their Father in heaven; and say, Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and good life for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen. He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen. (Kaddish d'Rabannan)

4. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; Zion, extol your G-d. For He has strengthened the bolts of your gates; He has blessed your children in your midst. He has made peace within your borders. (Psalms 147)

5. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, who forms light and creates darkness, who makes peace and creates all things. (Blessing after Yishtabach)

6. Hasten and speedily bring upon us blessing and peace; bring us in peace from the four corners of the earth, break the yoke of the nations from our neck, and speedily lead us upright to our land. (Blessing Ahavat Olam before Shma)

7. Bestow peace, goodness and blessing, life, graciousness, kindness and mercy, upon us and upon all Your people Israel. Bless us, our Father, all of us as one, with the light of Your countenance. For by the light of Your countenance You gave us, Lord our G-d, the Torah of life and loving-kindness, righteousness, blessing, mercy, life and peace. May it be favorable in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel, at all times and at every moment, with Your peace. Blessed are You Lord, who blesses His people Israel with peace. (Blessing Sim Shalom, Amida)

8. He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen. (Oseh Shalom, Conclusion of the Amida)

9. May it be Your will to open my heart to the Torah, and to fulfill the desires of my heart and the hearts of Your people Israel for good, for life, and for peace. (Brich Shmei on opening the Holy Ark Monday, Thursday and Shabbat, Zohar II Vayakhel 206a)

10. The ways of the Torah are pleasant ways, and all its paths are peace. (V'zoit Hatorah after the Torah reading Monday, Thursday and Shabbat, Proverbs 3, 17)

11. Rabbi Elazar said in the name of Rabbi Chanina: Torah scholars increase peace in the world, for it is said (Isaiah 54, 13): And all your children shall be learners of the Torah of the Lord, and great will be the peace of your children … Those who love Your Torah have abundant peace, and there is no stumbling for them (Psalms 119, 165). May there be peace within your walls, serenity within your mansions. For the sake of my brethren and friends, I ask that there be peace within you. For the sake of the House of the Lord our G-d, I seek your well-being (Psalms 122, 7-9). The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace (Psalms 29, 11). (Conclusion of the daily morning prayers, Brachot 64a)

After Meals Prayer

12. He bestows, and He will forever bestow upon us grace, kindness…compassion, life, peace and all goodness. (Grace after meals)

Evening Prayer

13. Our Father, let us lie down in peace, raise us up to a good life and peace…and spread over us the shelter of Your peace. Protect us and remove from us the enemy, pestilence, sword, famine and sorrow…shelter us in the shadow of your wings; and guard our going out and our coming in for a good life and peace from now and for all time. (Hashkiveinu, evening prayer and before going to bed prayer)

14. Let me lie down in peace and raise me up to a good life peace. Let my thoughts not trouble me, nor bad dreams, nor sinful fancies and may my bed be perfect. (Hamapil before going to bed)

Traveling Prayer

15. Lead us in peace and direct our steps in peace; to guide us in peace, to support us in peace and to bring us to our destination in life, joy and peace…

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