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אֲשֶׁר יָצַר | Asher Yatsar, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

Source (Hebrew) Paraliturgical Reflection (English)

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה
יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ
מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם,
אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶת הָאָדָם בְּחָכְמָה,
וּבָרָא בוֹ נְקָבִים נְקָבִים, חֲלוּלִים חֲלוּלִים
I bless You, Holy One
Who made my body so wisely, with holes and openings where they should be.

גָּלוּי וְיָדֽוּעַ לִפְנֵי כִסֵּא כְבוֹדֶֽךָ,
שֶׁאִם יִסׇּתֵם אֶחָד מֵהֶם,
אוֹ אִם יִפָּתֵֽחַ אֶחָד מֵהֶם,
אִי אֶפְשַׁר לְהִתְקַיֵּם אֲפִילוּ שָׁעָה אֶחָת.
I don’t take what health I have for granted.
I know that I am only temporarily in this state of ability,
and that all functions of my body are miracles of You acting through evolution.

But also God, I feel shame about my body.
I feel shame about my troubles with
(add whatever is on your heart:
feeding myself well,
my weight,
keeping to exercise,
going to the doctors regularly,
chronic illness,
chronic pain,
asking for what my body needs, etc.)

Please help me stay awake to the miracle of my body.
Please help me bring the shame I feel into the light, to You
so You can heal it with Your total love.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ
רוֹפֵא כׇל בָּשָׂר וּמַפְלִיא לַעֲשֹוֹת׃
I bless You, Holy One,
who creates healing and miracles.[1] Cf. Talmud Bavli Brachot 60b. 

Rabbi Shoshana Meira’s paraliturgical interpretation of Asher Yatsar (the blessing for health following urination and defecation), was first published in her Siddur v’lo Nevosh (2014). Linear correspondence between the Hebrew source and the English by Aharon Varady.






1 Cf. Talmud Bavli Brachot 60b.

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