Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: Travel In The 21st Century
has always been a dangerous adventure. Chazal created a special tefila
which covers the basic dangers that faced travelers of years gone by,
including attacks from wild animals and armed bandits lying in ambush.
Modern travel has made travel far easier but carries with it its own
set of dangers lurking along the way. Motor vehicle accidents and
terrorists are the fear of today's traveler. May you add to Tefilas
HaDerech or must he content yourself with the words that Chazal were
misaken, and have in mind these dangers?
The Halichos Shlomo
(23:1) brings that Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach says that it is
permissible to tailor you tefila to meet your specific travel fears.
For example he says, you may add in the relevant place, "V'Satzileinu
MiTe'unos Derachim", may You save us from accidents along the way.
Also when traveling in a dangerous place you may add, "V'Satzileinu
MiMichablim U'Mokshim", may You save us from terrorists and traps.
we are loathe to alter Tefilos Chazal in any way, there is a Mekor for
customizing Tefilas HaDerech. The Ravyah in Brachos says you may add
specific words for a sea voyage or a desert journey. Have a safe trip! Important Note: We try to convey theTshuva to the best of our
ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please
also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this
topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.
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RS, Gateshead UK, 2008-11-30 09:13:42 Hagaon Rav Matisyohu Salomon Shlita once related that he was once travelling as a bochur in a car together with other bochurim in Eretz Yisroel. After one of the passengers said Tefilas Haderech, the driver made letzonus of the nusach chayos roos baderech saying that in the 20th century were not likely to meet any of those. To this, young Matisyohu responded that this does not necessarily mean tigers and lions etc. The modern day equivalent could be a tiny insect flying into the eye of a driver travelling at high speed rachamono litzlon .. Within minutes of this rebuke (Tzadik gozer ?) a large bee flew in the open window, stung the driver on his arm. The sting then swelled so badly they had to make an unscheduled stop at the nearest hospital!