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Asher Yatsar (The One Who Forms), by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

https://opensiddur.org/?p=41730 Asher Yatsar (The One Who Forms), by Rabbi Elliot Kukla 2022-01-03 12:48:08 "Asher Yatzar (The One Who Forms): a prayer of gratitude for our bodies as transgender, nonbinary, intersex people, and everybody else" was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla and adapted from the blessing known by its incipit "Asher Yatsar" or "the bathroom blessing" traditionally recited after excretion of waste. The blessing is also recited as part of the birkhot hashaḥar complex of blessings recited upon waking up and becoming active. Rabbi Kukla's blessing was first published in <em>Where Healing Resides</em> (CCAR 2013), p. 32. Text the Open Siddur Project Elliot Kukla Elliot Kukla https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Elliot Kukla https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Birkhot haShaḥar Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31) Well-being, health, and caregiving excretion 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. אשר יצר Asher Yatsar Bathroom Prayer Body as Society English vernacular prayer paraliturgical asher yatsar
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Asher Yatzar (The One Who Forms)
a prayer of gratitude for our bodies as transgender, nonbinary, intersex people, and everybody else
Blessed are You,
Eternal One our God,
Ruler of the universe,
who has formed the human being with wisdom.
You created in the human body
openings upon openings
and cavities upon cavities.
It is clear and well-known
that if just one of these unique valves
within the complexity of each body
was blocked or ruptured,
it would be impossible to survive.
May the day come when it is also obvious and evident
that if just one unique body
within the complexity of Your world
is blocked or ruptured,
if just one of us
is not allowed to make our distinctive beauty
manifest in the world,
then it is impossible for all of Your creation
to thrive and rise each day joyfully before You.
Blessed are You,
Source of all life and form,
who implanted within us the ability
to shape and reshape ourselves—
molding,
changing,
transitioning,
and adorning our bodies—
so that the fullness of our many genders,
the abundance of our desires,
and the diversity of our souls can be revealed.
Blessed are You,
Eternal One,
who has made me Your partner
in daily completing the task of my own formation.

“Asher Yatzar (The One Who Forms): a prayer of gratitude for our bodies as transgender, nonbinary, intersex people, and everybody else” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla and adapted from the blessing known by its incipit “Asher Yatsar” or “the bathroom blessing” traditionally recited after excretion of waste. The blessing is also recited as part of the birkhot hashaḥar complex of blessings recited upon waking up and becoming active. Rabbi Kukla’s blessing was first published in Where Healing Resides (CCAR 2013), p. 32.

 

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