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When and how is the Tefilat Haderech recited?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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• Ideally, Tefilat Haderech should be recited as soon as one has left the city. However, if it was not recited at that time, it can be recited until one has reached the city of destination.

• It is preferable to recite the Tefilat Haderech immediately after the recitation of another blessing. [The technical Halachic reason for this instruction is beyond the parameters of this bulletin.] Therefore, if possible, one should first take a bite to eat or have a drink, or use the rest-room, and then after saying the appropriate after-blessing the Tefilat Haderech is recited.

• If it isn’t an inconvenience, the vehicle should be stopped and the Tefilat Haderech should be recited while standing.

• Tefilat Haderech is only fully recited on the first day of a journey. On all subsequent days, the prayer should still be recited but G-d’s name should be omitted from its conclusion. In fact, it is Chabad custom to thus recite the Tefilat Haderech every day until returning home, even when going for an extended stay or vacation. 

For the text of Tefilat Haderech please follow this link:


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Pertaining to Jewish Law.
Chabad, an acronym for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, is the name of a Chassidic Group founded in the 1770s. Two of the most fundamental teachings of Chabad are the intellectual pursuit of understanding the divine and the willingness to help every Jew who has a spiritual or material need.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.