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

https://opensiddur.org/?p=31371 אֲשֶׁר יָצַר | Asher Yatsar, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman 2020-05-07 14:08:59 A paraliturgical reflection on the prayer following urination and defecation, Asher Yatsar, for a shame resilience practice. Text the Open Siddur Project Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Birkhot haShaḥar Well-being, health, and caregiving Bathroom Prayer English vernacular prayer shame resilience paraliturgical asher yatsar excretion all bodies 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. אשר יצר Asher Yatsar
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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