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Is there a prayer for lost objects?

Is there a prayer for lost objects?

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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.

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

FOOTNOTES
1.

Genesis 21:19.

2.

Midrash Rabbah Genesis 53:14.

3.

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]...

Rabbi Menachem Posner serves as staff editor for Chabad.org. He lives with his family in Montreal, QC.
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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.
Anonymous
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.
Shlomith
Melbourne
July 9, 2013
Worked for me!
I have said this prayer a couple of times. Though there have been times I did not retrieve what I lost, most times this prayer has worked for me. Losing something brings on an interesting emotion. You may feel like the world may end and a sense of terror, but in fact you are safe and healthy. This is unique to this particular situation. Sometimes G-d needs us to feel this so we can reflect on our lives religious and otherwise, though I do not look forward to losing something, I appreciate the intense emotion and relief that comes along with it and it often compels me to make some sort of change in my life. If we are meant to find the object, this prayer will make that happen, but sometimes we are not meant to find what we have lost because Hashem has bigger plans. Do not let that discourage you from saying this prayer in the future. You will find that when you say this prayer and find your object, you will feel closer to G-d and appreciate everything in your life that much more
Melody
May 7, 2013
amazing story on Yom Yerushalayim from Yerushalayim
I am traveling in Yerushalayim with my daughters. My wife texted me that she was so upset because our son knocked over her night table and her wedding band was lost. She and our housekeeper searched our entire bedroom, re-made the bed twice, etc., and there was no ring after a few hours of searching. She was extremely upset. My daughter and I searched the Internet for this prayer and we said it tonight (Yom Yerushalaim), and we pledged to give Tzedakah tomorrow morning at the Kotel (bli neder). I texted the prayer to my wife after we recited it and she immediately texted back that she found the ring in our basement laying next to the shoes she was putting on to leave. She NEVER removes her ring in the basement. What's more, if the ring were found in our bedroom so quickly after reciting the prayer, we would have said it was because they didn't look in that place, or because the carpet was covering it, etc. But the fact that it was in the basement next to her shoes is a miracle.
Adam August
Yerushalayim and Potomac, Maryland
December 13, 2012
B"H
I lost my keys this morning. I was really hopeless but I said that prayer, lit a candle for r. Meir and gave some money for charity... And guess what... the keys were found! G-d is truly great! Baruch Hashem! :)
Ari
December 11, 2012
A Question
Recently we had an object become lost in our home. My wife spoke with our grandson, who is in a yesihva overseas.
He gave a prayer/psalm to my wife, with the proviso that in order for the psalm to work it needed to be said in Hebrew.
He then stated the Hebrew and word-by-word my wife repeated each word.

When she came to me with this story, she said that she subsequently found the lost item. When I asked her how quickly she found it, she said, "Immediately."

So the question is, does the psalm/prayer need to be said in Hebrew or is English also appropriate?
Pincas
October 12, 2012
thanksgiving for finding a lost object
Surely there is a prayer for finding a lost object after praying to find it
Ruth
Watford
September 25, 2012
This works!
Lost something a year ago and this worked. Lost something recently and am saying this prayer again. Thank you for posting!!
Anonymous
Baltimore, MD
November 11, 2011
Prayer for someone who lost an item
My brother lost a watch that was given to him by his in-laws, I have directed him to the prayer for lost articles for him to say, but is there something I can do to help? Should I daven the same prayer even if I didn't lose the item?
Aviad
Sydney, Australia
August 10, 2011
I lost my debit card andSIN card
I am so devastated because I lost my sim card and debit card.. I can't find them anywhere.. What is the prayer suitable for this :( pls. Help...
Missylyn
Victoria, Canada
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