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 medical 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. 

 

Latest Rituals

“After the pain settles, and swear words stop, /I am left with healing of my body. / But healing of body takes time…”
A woman rests on a couch with her eyes closed
A reminder of our covenant with the Source of Life.
green mountains above a green valley
“I saw, in our decaf, the plea for rain / we ask on behalf of the god of our ancestors”
damaged tree in forest
“Grant me the strength to sustain my life, / As you commanded…”
woman eating breakfast in bed
A participatory D’var Torah for Parshat Beha’alotekha
woman in desert throwing sand in arcs
“God of creation, / I come before You / to offer thanks for my scars”
silhouette of person standing with arms spread out in front of the sea at sunset. the sky is multicolored with oranges and yellows and reddish purples and some clouds.
Poem of gratitude on healing from illness with the support of a partner
light skinned man with short brown beard with arm around woman in black shirt with short brown hair shown from the back
“Blessings cannot be static; / Blessings need to be in motion”
mountains in dark with purple sky and lines of white light scattered throughout

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