5/21/13

Mi Shebeirach . . .

The first prayer I memorized when I started going to Temple was the Mi Shebeirach (Prayer for the Sick). It was not that the prayer had any more significance to me . . . rather that the slow pace made it easier to lock in on the Hebrew and, candidly, a good chunk of it is in English. I do appreciate it though.

I like it because it is not just a prayer for one person or what is wrong with them but is a request for a renewal of mind, body, and spirit for everyone. I share it today (set, somewhat ironically, over images of Mother Nature at her most tranquil, peaceful, and beautiful) - without further comment . . .



Translation . . . 

May the One who blessed our ancestors --
Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
Matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah --
bless and heal the one who is ill:
(___________ son/daughter of ________.)

May the Holy Blessed One
overflow with compassion upon him/her,
to restore him/her, to heal him/her,
to strengthen him/her, to enliven him/her.

The One will send him/her, speedily,
a complete healing --
healing of the soul and healing of the body --
along with all the ill,
among the people of Israel and all humankind,
soon, speedily, without delay, and let us all say:  Amen!