Mi Sheberakh avoteinu AvrahamAbraham is the first patriarch and the father of the Jewish people. He is the husband of Sarah and the father of Isaac and Ishmael. God's covenant - that we will be a great people and inherit the land of Israel - begins with Abraham and is marked by his circumcision, the first in Jewish history. His Hebrew name is Avraham., Yitzchak v’Yaakov v’imoteinu SarahThe first matriarch, wife of Abraham, and mother of Isaac, whom she birthed at the age of 90. Sarah, in Rabbinic tradition, is considered holy, beautiful, and hospitable. Many prayers, particularly the Amidah (the central silent prayer), refer to God as Magen Avraham – protector of Abraham. Many Jews now add: pokehd or ezrat Sarah – guardian or helper of Sarah., Rivkah, LeahThe third of the Jewish matriarchs, Lead is the eldest of Lavan's daughters and one of the wives of Jacob. She is the daughter whom Lavan tricks Jacob into marrying instead of his younger daughter Rachel, whom Jacob has requested to marry. Leah is mother to six of the the twelve tribes and to one daughter, Dinah. v’RachelLavan's younger daughter and Jacob's beloved wife second wife (after he is initially tricked into marrying her older sister, Leah). Rachel grieves throughout her life that she is barren while Leah is so fertile. Ultimately, Rachel gives birth to Joseph and dies in childbirth with Benjamin. Rachel is remembered as compassionate (she is said to still weep for her children), and infertile women often invoke Rachel as a kind of intercessor and visit her tomb on the road to Bethlehem. –
May You bless and heal ___________, who is to undergo surgery this week to remove a cancerous prostate gland. May the Holy Blessed One be filled with compassion for him and restore his health, to heal him, to strengthen him, and to revitalize him.
“YHVH, I heard your report and was afraid. YHVH, revive your work in the midst of these years, make known in the midst of these years, amid rage remember mercy.” [Habakuk 3:2] Give his doctors skill and care in the total and whole removal of the growth that threatens his well-being, and restore his health in wholeness and peace.
We praise you, Tzuri (God, my Creator), who has shaped humanity in wisdom, creating in us countless openings and passageways. “Come let us return to YHVH, for He has torn and He will heal us; He has smitten and He will bind us up.” [Hosea 6:1] “They who dwell in God’s shadow shall return; they shall revive like corn, and blossom like the vine: their fragrance shall be like the vine of Lebanon.” [Hosea 14:8] May it be God’s will to restore all function, comfort, and pleasure that has been bestowed upon humanity through the intricate network of openings and passages.
Grant a healing of body and a healing of soul, swiftly and soon, and let us say: Amen.