A Bride’s Tefillah
(Prayer before immersing in Mikvah)
May it be Your will that Your Shechinah – Your Holy Presence – shall dwell between my husband and myself, and that You shall unify upon us Your Holy Name. Instill within our hearts a spirit of purity and sanctify and remove from us all immoral thoughts and designs. Grant us purity of soul, that neither of us may gaze upon any other person, but I only upon my husband, and my husband only upon myself. May it appear in my eyes as though there were no other man in the world as good, as handsome, or as attractive as he, and so too may it appear in the eyes of my husband as thought there were no other woman in the world as beautiful, as attractive, and as worthy as myself. May all his thoughts be concerning me, alone, and concerning no one else, as is written, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cling to his wife” (Genesis 2:24).
And may it be Your will, Hashem that our marriage shall prosper. May ours be a harmonious union of love and togetherness, peace and friendship, a union which is in accord with the law of Moses and Judaism; a fitting union, permeated with fear of God and fear of sin; a marriage blessed with good and righteous children; a blessed union, wherein there may be fulfilled through me the verse, “Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive clusters around your table” (Psalms 128:3). May ours be a union wherein my husband shall take delight in me more than in all worldly delights, as is written, “House and riches are the inheritance of fathers, while a wise wife is from the Lord” (Proverbs 19:14).
May ours be a union forever devoid of anger, discord, envy, and contention, but rather one of love, fraternity, peace, friendship, humility and patience, a union characterized by the practice of love, charity, kindness, and good deeds towards others; a union which will produce children who will endure and who will be healthy and good, unblemished, without illness, defect, disease, pain, injury, or weakness, and who will not lack good all their lives; a marriage in which You shall instill within our bodies and our souls, sanctity and purity of thought, speech, and deed, as is befitting good Jews; a marriage which will conform with the sanctity of Israel, and which will be a blessed and prosperous union, “With blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that couches beneath, blessing of the breast and the womb” (Genesis 49:25); a union blessed with holy, pure, fine, and decent children.
Therefore, in order to unify Your Holy Name in awe and reverence, I hereby prepare to immerse myself in the mikvah in accordance with the law of Moses and Israel. May it be Your will, Hashem, that You shall purify and sanctify us with Your holiness; that You shall find us and our deeds acceptable; that You shall find us worthy of complying with Your will all the days of our lives, and that You shalt bestow Your blessings upon us, for You are the perpetual source of all blessings. Blessed be God forever, Amen.