Gift of Life Kavannah

Ribono shel olam, today I offer a small piece of myself for the sake of the mitzvah of pikuakh nefesh, saving a life. We learn in Torah, “You shall not stand idly by”1 the suffering of your neighbors.

I stand here today ready to take the first step toward being a donor.
If I am a match, I pray for the healing of the patient and support for their family, for “whoever saves one soul … it is as if (s)he had saved a full world.”2

Hakham razim,3 Knower of Secrets, accept my prayers and my donation.

1 Leviticus 19:16
2 Mishnah Sanhedrin 4,5
3 Hakham razim is a name used for God in the blessing for witnessing a large gathering of people, Berakhot 58a


ריבונו של עולם היום אני מקדישה חלק קטן ממני לקיום מצוות פיקוח נפש, הצלת חיים שנאמר : לֹא תַעֲמֹד עַל-דּםַ רֵעֶך (ויקרא יט:טז). אני עומד/ת כאן היום מוכן/ה לקחת את הצעד הראשון לקראת היותי תורם. אם תמצא תרומתי תואמת אני נושאת תפילה לרפואה שלימה של המטופל ותמיכה למשפחתו.” לפיכך נברא אדם יחידי בעולם, ללמד שכל המאבד נפש אחת , מעלים עליו כאילו איבד עולם מלא.”
חכם רזים אנא קבל תרומתי ותפילתי לטובה


Created for Gift of Life by Rabbi Roni Handler, Ritualwell.org. Hebrew translation by Rabbi Ela Merom

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