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Healing the worldAbout eight years ago I had the pleasure of writing about the Jewish Healing Movement in my first book, Faith Beyond Faith Healing: Finding Hope After Shattered Dreams. The JHM draws on the rich tradition of Jewish prayer and ritual to create eclectic and creative healing services and prayers.

When I was reporting the book, Rabbi Eric Weiss of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center in San Francisco, sent me a prayer card that contained the Mi Sheberakh:

May the One who blessed our ancestors –

Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah,

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

bless and heal the one who is ill:

___________, daughter (or son) of ________________

 

May the Holy One, the fount of blessings,

shower abundant mercies upon her (him),

fulfilling her (his) dreams of healing,

strengthening her (him) with the power of life.

 

Merciful One:

restore her (him),

heal her (him),

strengthen her (him),

enliven her (him).

 

Send her (him) a complete healing

from the heavenly realms,

a healing of body and soul,

together with all who are ill,

soon, speedily, without delay;

and let us say:

Amen!

I believe that all of the world’s religious traditions have wisdom and value. I do not believe any single faith has cornered the market on anything. For that reason, I am open to borrowing prayers from all traditions and I hope I will not offend anyone when I describe how I adapted this prayer to my own prayer bead practice. I say it on my Anglican rosary for my mom, who, as I have written before, is in the hospital with a broken hip, possibly caused by cancer. Here is how I say it:

On the Cross:

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

On the Invitatory Bead:

May the One who blessed our ancestors –

Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah,

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

bless and heal the one who is ill:

Diann, daughter of Katharine.

On the Cruciform Beads:

May the Holy One, the fount of blessings,

shower abundant mercies upon her,

fulfilling her dreams of healing,

strengthening her with the power of life.

On the Weeks Beads (repeat once on each bead):

Merciful One:

restore her,

heal her,

strengthen her,

enliven her.

(Say three rounds of the rosary, then, after the last round, return to the Invitatory Bead and repeat:)

 

Send her a complete healing

from the heavenly realms,

a healing of body and soul,

together with all who are ill,

soon, speedily, without delay;

and let us say:

Amen!

(Return to the Cross and say the Lord’s Prayer or any other prayer of your choice).

 

I said this simple prayer for my mother yesterday as I walked along the creek in our town. I especially liked saying the prayer for the weeks bead because it was easily memorized and its brevity matched the rhythm of my steps. This prayer is very direct – no extra language. I am grateful that members of the JHM are willing to share it with all who are in need of it.

If you would like more information on the Jewish Healing Movement, visit the website of the National Center for Jewish Healing. You can check its directory for a center near you.

 

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