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Is there a prayer for lost objects?

Is there a prayer for lost objects?


There is indeed a traditional prayer and procedure to be followed when seeking G‑d's assistance in retrieving a lost object.

The following is recited:

Rabbi Binyamin said: All are presumed blind until the Holy One, blessed be He, enlightens their eyes. We know this from the verse:1 "G‑d opened her eyes and she went and filled up the water skin."2

(Say three times:) G‑d of Meir answer me!3

In the merit of the charity which I am donating for the sake of the soul of Rabbi Meir the Miracle Worker may I find (---) which I have lost.

Here is the prayer in the original Hebrew:

אמר רבי בנימין, הכל בחזקת סומין, עד שהקדוש ברוך הוא מאיר את עיניהם
מן הכא, ויפקח אלוקים את עיניה ותרא באר מים, ותלך ותמלא את החמת
אלהא דמאיר ענני, אלהא דמאיר ענני, אלהא דמאיר ענני
בזכות הצדקה שאני נודב לעילוי נשמת רבי מאיר בעל הנס, זכותו יגן עלינו, למצוא את (---) שאיבדתי

Money is then donated to support the poor in Israel.

Did I forget to mention that you also have to get up and look for the object? :)

Yours truly,

Rabbi Menachem Posner


Midrash Rabbah Genesis 53:14.


The origins of this statement is in the Talmud (Avodah Zarah 18a-b):
Beruria, the wife of Rabbi Meir, was a daughter of R. Chanina ben Teradion. She said to her husband, "It bothers me that my sister sits in the brothel [where she was placed by the Roman regime]." So he took a basketful of coins and set out. "If," thought he, "she has not been subjected to anything wrong, a miracle will be wrought for her, but if she has committed anything wrong, no miracle will happen to her."
Disguised as a knight, he approached her and said, "Prepare yourself for me."
"The manner of women [menstrual period] is upon me," she replied.
"I am prepared to wait," he said.
"But," said she, "there are here many, many prettier than I am!"
"This proves that she has not committed any wrong," he said to himself. "She no doubt says thus to every comer."
He went to her warder and said, "Hand her over to me."
"I am afraid of the government," he replied.
"Take the basketful of coins." said he. "One half distribute as a bribe, the other half shall be for yourself."
"And what shall I do when these coins are exhausted?' he asked.
"Then," he replied, "say, 'O G‑d of Meir, answer me!' and you will be saved."
"But," said he, "who is assures me that that will be the case?"
"You will see now," he replied.
There were there some man-eating dogs. Rabbi Meir took a clump of earth and threw it at them. As they came to devour him he exclaimed, "O G‑d of Meir answer me!" and they let him alone.
The warder then handed her over to him.
Eventually the matter became known to the government, and the warder was brought to be hanged. As he was taken to the gallows, he exclaimed, "O G‑d of Meir answer me." They took him down and asked him what that meant, and he told them the incident that had happened.
They then engraved Rabbi Meir's likeness on the gates of Rome and proclaimed that anyone seeing a person resembling it should bring him there. One day Rabbi Meir was spotted and was chased. He ran away from them and entered a harlot's house. Others say he happened just then to see food cooked by heathens and he dipped in one finger and then sucked the other. Others again say that Elijah the Prophet appeared to them as a harlot who embraced him. "G‑d forbid," said they, "were this R. Meir, he would not have acted thus!" [and they left him]...

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December 13, 2016
Can this be used when you lost your job and need it back
October 20, 2016
Can this be used when a person has gone missing eg a missing child not just an object?
September 19, 2016
My daughter lost 2 important pen drives with all her work on the weekend. Looked everywhere like crazy and no success. I said the prayer today,(Monday)and asked God to open our eyes. I put some money in the charity box. My daughter did so too, though I don't think she believed it would work. Five minutes later she found them in the pocket of her jacket. How true, God opens our eyes only then can we see. Thank you Baruch Hashem.
May 8, 2016
It Didn't Work
I said the prayer for my missing cat, made the donation, etc. and she never came back. Don't believe these prayers are full proof. The Holocaust is a perfect example they are not.
Mike Patten
November 15, 2015
Found two very important lost things. Spend many hours searching for them, no success, prayed, found in 10 minutes Thank you. Baruch Hashem
Andrei Lopatenko
November 24, 2014
I couldn't find four objects. Last night my daughter suggested that I say the bracha for lost objects. I told her that I was not going to do it, that I didn't believe in such things and that if Hashem wanted me to have them then I would find them on my own. The fact that I couldn't find them was driving me crazy today. So, before I left for work I said the above. I also light a candle for Rabbi Meir every week with my Shabbat candles, so, I asked Rabbi Meir to go to Hashem and help me find the lost things. As I walked out the door to go to works 2 minutes after finishing giving tzedakah, I found the first of the lost things. Then this evening my husband asked me with the other things in his hands, " Are these what you are looking for?" And they were! Now all of my "lost objects" are found. Baruch Hashem.
Boca Raton
May 13, 2014
For two years an item was lost and yesterday morning I had officially given up hope on finding it. My friend told me about the prayer, last night and I decided to give it one last shot. I woke up this morning with a text message from another (unrelated) friend saying she found the item (she had no idea I said the prayer for the item, nor that I had just given up looking for the item).

I said the prayer in English, but really focused on every word.

When I told a few of my friends this story, they shared stories of people they knew who also found their lost items in no time!
New York
April 28, 2014
Prayer and charity
I must tell you that this prayer and charity has always worked, but in truly mysterious and unbelievable ways. Whatever Hashem wants of course is the bottom line, but we also have to believe that the merits and souls of the departed and of our departed, are always in Heaven looking out for us. Faith is essential to our beliefs as we say every day in the Ani Maamin.
Cedarhurst, New York
January 15, 2014
It works for Christians too!!
I have used this prayed twice now and my lost items both turned up! It's amazing and I'm a Christian, so this works for everybody.
South East UK
August 29, 2013
Chabad, you rock!
Chabad, you are awesome! You are always there to help, even with this prayer I was seeking. Thank you!

Baruch Hashem.