Disturb us, Adonai, ruffle us from our complacency; Make us dissatisfied. Dissatisfied with the pace of ignorance, the quietude which arises from a shunning of the horror, the defeat, the bitterness and the poverty, physical and spiritual, of humans…Disturb us, O god, and vex us; let not your Shabbat be a day of torpor and slumber; let it a time to be stirred and spurred to action. Baruch atah, Adonai, m’kadeish HaShabat. Mishkan Tefilah, pg. 173
Washing from head down, as you wash each part in the manner you wish, think about what the parts of your body may physically or spiritually represent.
Let me think of others without judgment, of situations with thoughts of kindness for all involved and not of problems, but possibilities…
face: ears, eyes, mouth
Let me not hear and see only what I want or wish, but to consider all sides of a situation; let me not speak words of slander, malice or carelessness but utter those that bring clarity, comfort or joy…
Let me act with the intent of my soul, to be aware of the possibilities in every heartbeat within me and to remember to feel the emotions of the actions I take…
Let my hands create and work to bring about the change for good that is in my heart. Let them hug more than hit and create more than destroy…
stomach and genital areas
Let me not be driven solely by inner desires and selfish needs; let me consider goals that are more meaningful to me than temporary satisfactions…
legs and feet
Let me move and act for the change I wish to see in this world for as long as my legs will carry me…
Let the words of your heart and your true intentions of a perfect you continue through the space under the water and carry you into Shabbat.
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“Kavvanot when Washing One’s Body Before Shabbes, by Eyal Raviv” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
Between the Fires: A Kavvanah for Lighting Candles of Commitment, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center)