Tradition & Innovation

Prayer for Crafting

group of four brown-skinned young men sitting at a table crafting together, photo focuses on one young man who is laughing as he works on his craft

I love to make objects for use in ritual. I was searching for the Jewish blessing for crafting things and couldn't find a readily available prayer to be recited before creating an object, even one intended for holy use. Given that Jews have been craftspeople for thousands of years, and given that we are supposed to offer blessings constantly, this truly surprised me. I started searching for a blessing over making things, thinking there had to be one. After many hours of research I finally came up with this combination of prayers that I hope will elevate your crafting process.

May Your favor, Holy One, be upon me. 

May the work of my hands be blessed and be for a blessing (Ps. 91:17). 

Yehi ratzon shetishreh shekhinah bema’asei yadai.

May it be Your will that Shekhinah reside in the work of my hands. Amen. (R. Meir, Midrash Tanchuma Peikudei 11)

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