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Prayer in a Time of Serious Illness by Rabbi Gilah Langner

https://opensiddur.org/?p=3650 Prayer in a Time of Serious Illness by Rabbi Gilah Langner 2011-08-17 18:18:23 Traditional Judaism offers a confessional prayer, or vidui, to be recited during a time of serious illness or near death. If the patient is unable to recite the prayer, others may do so on his or her behalf. This modern adaptation [of vidui] places less emphasis on atonement for sins, and more on the bonds connecting the patient to his or her loved ones. It can be recited by a friend, family member, or chaplain on behalf of a person who is very ill, especially when life and death are hanging in the balance. Text the Open Siddur Project Gilah Langner Gilah Langner https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Gilah Langner https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Well-being, health, and caregiving וידוי vidui תחינות teḥinot 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M.

Traditional Judaism offers a confessional prayer, or vidui, to be recited during a time of serious illness or near death.  If the patient is unable to recite the prayer, others may do so on his or her behalf.  This modern adaptation [of vidui] places less emphasis on atonement for sins, and more on the bonds connecting the patient to his or her loved ones.  It can be recited by a friend, family member, or chaplain on behalf of a person who is very ill, especially when life and death are hanging in the balance. 
    –In memory of Dr. Paul Woolf z”l


Hebrew English

Our God and God of our ancestors,
we acknowledge that all of life is in Your hands.

We pray for healing for this beloved (woman/man). 
May (she/he) be filled and embraced
by a complete and healing love and forgiveness. 
May (she/he) always know how precious (his/her) life is
to those who love (her/him).

Protect ___________’s beloved family: ___________________________.
Their souls are woven together for all time.

Grant hope and strength to _____________’s family and caregivers,
guiding their hands and hearts and decisions
with wisdom, loving care, and skill.
כִּי מַלְאָכָיו יְצַוֶּה לָּךְ
לִשְׁמָרְךָ בְּכָל דְּרָכֶיךָ׃ (תהלים צא:יא)
May angels be appointed for (her/him),
to guard (her/him) in all (her/his) paths. (Psalms 91:11)

Ki malakhav yetzaveh lakh,
lishmorkha b’khol d’rakheh-kha.

In Your hand lies (her/his) spirit. 
In Your Great Name, You hold the life and memories of each soul on earth.
You redeem us, Adonai, God of Truth. 
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל
יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ
יְיָ אֶחָד׃ (דברים ו:ד)
Hear O Israel:
[YHVH | Adonai] is our God,
[YHVH | Adonai] is One. (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Shma Yisrael
Adonai Eloheinu
Adonai Echad.


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