Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Blessings of the Amidah: Healing

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The eighth blessing is a request for healing.

R'fa'aynu Ah'doh'nai v'nay'rah'fay, ho'shee'aynu v'nee'vah'shay'ah, kee t'hee'lah'taynu Ah'tah, v'ha'a'lay r'fuah sh'layma l'chol ma'ko'taynu, kee E'hl melech rofay neh'eh'man v'rah'chah'man Ah'tah. Ba'ruch Ah'tah Ah'doh'nai roh'phay cholay amo Yisrael.

Heal us, Lord, and we shall be healed. Save us and we shall be saved, for You are our praise. Bring complete recovery for all our ailments, for You, God, King, are a faithful and compassionate Healer. Blessed are You, Lord, Healer of the sick of His people Israel.

--Translation reproduced with permission from The Koren Sacks Siddur,
© Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.

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