Right there encoded into this ḳabbalistic prayer, we call out to the Divine Vaccinator. I said it with all my heart and then some, realizing so palpably that the Divine Innoculator was right there in the sterile Meuḥedet Hall, gifting me with healing, gifting our world with healing, in tandem with the myriad doctors, scientists, health professionals and eager recipients the globe over.
I felt an affirmative rush of Yes, we are being gifted a ‘ḥasin ḳadosh‘ a most holy Innoculation…so holy and yet so earthly and mundane.
But that prayer was not just one of thanks and recognition, it was even more a prayer of deep begging. Begging for that great protective Force to ‘nahel adatekha’ – to guide our edah, our community. The Jewish community is so direly in need of guidance in this pandemic; guidance precisely around the contested issue of this vaccine and its rightness.
We so direly need leaders…we need THE Leader.
So, yes, please Holy Vaccinator, steer us, usher us forward in the direction of highest goodness and health. May we be guided from on high and from down below too.
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thank you for this stunning remedy.
Thank you doctors and scientists
by the hundred-thousands,
fact-loving, fast and talented.
Thank you to all the sentient beings
who crafted healing
out of laboratories,
out of thin air,
out of extensive education,
lifetime learning, expertise,
enterprise, innovation, yearning.
Thank you, human diligence,
for generations of curiosity and endless care.
Thank you, scientists,
for your striving minds,
for your daring to dare.
Thank you for the accumulated wisdom of the ages,
Thank you to all of medical histories’ unsung sages.
Thank you for every lab coat and
And every last microscope
that gives us hope
against the natural foes
of disease, worry, and woe.
And for those who fear this God-given, humanly-written,
remedy of a vaccine…
I beg You, Sacred Innoculator,
in Your abundant mercy
guide them in the direction of immediate healing and relief.
Gone be this disease…
l’ḥaim to the sacred gift of this vaccine.
This prayer of gratitude and teḥinah was first shared by Chaya Kaplan-Lester on her Facebook page.
“A Prayer of Gratitude Upon Receiving a COVID Vaccination, by Chaya Kaplan-Lester (2021)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
תְּפִלָּה לַמִּתְחַסְּנִים | A Prayer for the one to be Vaccinated, by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried (2020)
מי שברך לחולים במגפה | Mi sheBerakh for those ill from the COVID-19 Coronavirus, by Nurit Novis (2020)
Prayer Amid the Pandemic, by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the UK & the Commonwealth 2020)