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Mi Shebeirach

-Author Unknown

The Mi Shebeirach is the most common and well-known Jewish blessing for healing. This blessing makes us cry, and not just sad-cry, especially when said in a group – it’s that powerful. It’s most commonly said at synagogue on Shabbat. Many rabbis have a poignant ritual of looking very slowly across the congregation, making eye contact with those of us in the pews, giving the chance for those of us in the pews to say out loud the name of someone who needs healing. This is also lovely because it is one of those rituals that’s a real community-maker. For example, if you say your sister’s name during Mi Shebeirach, then hopefully after services, someone will come over to you and inquire about what’s wrong, not because they are being nosy, but because they are concerned about you. One of the most beautiful aspects of community is knowing when someone amongst them is in pain so that they can help if they are able.

First line: Mi shebeirach avoteinu. Last line: The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit, and let us say, Amen…


Mourner's Kaddish

-Author Unknown

First line: Although Jewish law requires that the Kaddish be said when a loved one dies and on the anniversary of their death, there is no reference, no word even, about death in the prayer. Last line: May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem…

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