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A General Prayer for Adult Transitions, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla


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A Prayer for Adult Transitions
May the One who blessed our ancestors—
Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah;
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—
bless me as I enter into this new chapter in my life.
The world was not formed by a single act.
Each and every day God renews the work of creation.
May God grant me the strength
to constantly renew my own creation.
May I open my heart and mind
to continuous growth,
unexpected change,
and the perpetual unsettling, liberating expansion of being alive;
may I have the courage to name and sanctify
this moment of change
that is shaping my body and soul
in the image of the ever-evolving Divine.
Blessed are You,
El Shaddai, our God,
the Renewing One of the world,
who has allowed me to reach this time of transformation.
And let us say: Amen.

“A Prayer for Transitions” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla. He writes that this prayer was written “for all adult transitions including gender as well as things like starting medication.” It was first published as “A Prayer for Transitioning Gender” in Where Healing Resides (CCAR 2013), p. 45. A more specific blessing upon the occasion of a gender transition ceremony may be found here.




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