A Blessing for Disabled and Chronically Ill Jews during Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)

image of people including someone using a wheelchair on a rainbow
יִבָֽרֶכְךָ֥ יְהוָֹ֖ה וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ
Y’varech’cha Adonai v’yishmerecha
May God bless you and keep you
May you be reminded of your inherent holiness, for you were created
B’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.
May you feel enveloped by
the sacred energy of the universe.
May you be included, celebrated, and honored, not just this month,
but every month.
יִאֵ֨ר יְהוָֹ֧ה | פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ
Ya’er Adonai panav eleicha vichuneka
May God’s light shine upon you and favor you
May Or HaChaim, the light of life,
course through you,
filling you from within.
May Shekinah, the indwelling presence,
accompany you on your journey.
May HaMakom, the place,
help you feel a sense of home and hope.
יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָֹ֤ה | פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֽוֹם
Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v’yasem l’cha shalom
May God’s countenance be raised towards you
and grant you peace
May others treat you with respect, kindness, dignity, and true allyship.
May this month of being centered encourage pride in your identity, self-discovery, and solidarity.
May you experience moments not only of
shalom, peace,
but also of shleimut, wholeness.
Ken yehi ratzon, may it be so.
Based on Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Benediction (Numbers 6:23-26)
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