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Prayer for a Sick Child, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

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O All-merciful Father! from the depth of my aggrieved heart I implore Thee: spare my child, do not take away this treasure that Thou gavest unto me from Thine boundless grace and goodness. I know, this treasure is Thine as all other boons which I call mine; thou disposest of them according to Thy holy will. Oh! may it be Thy holy will to preserve for me this precious jewel! Once Thou spokest unto Thy suffering Congregation: “Call unto me in need, and I shall hear thee!”[1] Jeremiah 33:3.  And through the inspired Isaiah Thou gavest the consoling assurance unto Thy people Israel: “I will pour my spirit upon thy children, and my blessing upon thine offspring!”[2] Isaiah 44:3 part.  Oh! extend this paternal promise also upon my child, grant him (her) health and long life.

And unto me grant strength in all the cares and trials of life, fortify my courage in the fulfillment of my duties and in the endurance of all the heavy burdens that Thy paternal hands may impose upon me. In Thee, God! I trust, for Thou art nigh unto all who call upon Thee. Amen.

“Prayer for a Sick Child” is one of thirty prayers appearing in Rabbi Moritz Mayer’s collection of tehinot, Hours of Devotion (1866), of uncertain provenance and which he may have written. –Aharon Varady





1 Jeremiah 33:3.
2 Isaiah 44:3 part.

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