If one is traveling on a highway that runs through populated areas for the entire span of the trip, is Tefillas HaDerech recited? If so, at what point during the journey is it recited?


The Mishna Berurah (110:30) and the Aruch HaShulchan (Orach Chaim 110:11) rule that one should recite Tefillat HaDerech when riding on a train,The risk was being attacked on the train.Therfore it would seem that the city limits are not the issue.The Modern day Pokim go from one end of the Spectrum to the Other.

Reb Shlomo Zalman (Minchat Shlomo Tinyana 60:4)says say it with out the Name of Hashem as Since there are always people on the way, therefore you are more secure, This is in refrence to Tfillas Haderech between Bnei Brak and Jerusalem.(Another option I have Heard quoted is to say it within the bracha of shema koleinu during the last tefilah before your trip.)

Reb Sternbach(Teshuvot V'Hanhagot 1:199) says that since car accidents are so regular you should have to say it every time you go into the car ,just the tefilah was made for people leaving the city thats when we say it.


  • Rav Shterbuch is concurring with the sak of RebMoshe Feinstein (as heard from a number of his students). He said that one should say it when traveling in a car and that it should be said when passing from one police jursdiction into another. (I do not believe this includes precins since they have some sort of jurisdiction in oher precints.) – Yahu Jul 27 '10 at 23:53
  • sorry "Psak of Reb Moshe" keys are sticking – Yahu Jul 27 '10 at 23:53

I'd asked Rabbi Breitowitz about going from Washington DC to Baltimore. He said that State Road 29 has towns right by it throughout, so no Tefilas HaDerech. The I-95 warranted a Tefilas HaDerech as soon as you got onto it from the Washington Beltway, according to him. Hope that helps.

  • re: I-95, is this due to population or danger? in both I-95 and Rt29, one must take an exit ramp, as opposed to simply "turning off" – Jeremy Jul 27 '10 at 21:31
  • Population. It's about "traveling outside the city", irrespective of risk. Tefilas HaDerech and Birkas HaGomel are uncorrelated; I think that last point is in the Igros Moshe. – Shalom Jul 27 '10 at 22:23

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