Healing from Illness

While there are many traditional Jewish prayers for healing, the feminist movement empowered first women, and then men and women, to create many more prayers and ceremonies which spoke to the specific situations in which they found themselves. The complexity of modern medicine has added to this need for prayers for tests, prayers before surgery, prayers after chemotherapy and for each chemo session, etc. In addition, several writers on ritualwell have created ceremonies to celebrate an important anniversary in relationship to their disease. 


A Celebration of Life

By Nancy H. Wiener with Judith Tax
Because 18 ("chai," or life, in Hebrew) years represents a lifetime, this woman decided to celebrate the 18th anniversary of her mastectomy with a pre-havdalah ritual.   more
Complete Ceremony

Tags: havdalah, cancer

On Having a Breast Cyst Removed

By Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow
A ritual, which can also be used for other kinds of physical and psychological healing, marking the transition from mourning to reclaiming health   more
Complete Ceremony

Tags: handwashing


By Adrienne Ross
Discovering healing in the waters of the mikveh and in a birthday ritual among a circle of women   more

Tags: mikveh