עמידה | Weekday Affirmations Based on the Amidah, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2009)

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[You can add personal affirmations to the following.]

I affirm…

The power of positive affirmations.
I affirm that the Shekhinah
Surrounds me,
And blesses me.
I affirm the light beings
Of God’s service,
Who support and guide me.


אָבוֹת

Avot

I affirm the blessings
Of Avraham and Sarah, in my life.


תְּחִיָּה

T’ḥiyah

I affirm the sacrifice of Yitsḥak,
And God’s power over my life,
And death.


קְדֻשָּׁה

Qedushah

I affirm God’s holiness,
And my growth toward it.


שׁוֹבֵר אוֹיְבִים

הָ Shover oyvim

I place myself
Under the protection of the Sefirah of Keter,
Which will shield me
From all harm and neutralize it.


אַתָּה חוֹנֵן

הַ Atah ḥonen

I invoke the inflow of Ḥochmah,
To align my intellect
With clarity and purpose,
To inspiration and realization.


הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ

הֵ Hashivenu

I invoke the care of Binah,
To lead me to God’s heart.


סְלִיחָה

הֶ Seliḥah

I invoke the abundance of Ḥesed,
To bring me to atonement.


גְּאֻלָּה

הְ Ge’ullah

I invoke the power of Gevurah,
To see me through trouble
And lead me to redemption.


רְפוּאָה

הוֹ Refu’ah

I place myself
In the compassionate heart
Of God’s Tiferet,
And affirm the healing,
balancing, integrative,
Centering light within me.


בְּרָכָה, מָשִׁיחַ, שְׁכִינָה

הִ Brakhah, Mashiaḥ, Shekhinah

I support myself
On the pillar of Netzaḥ,
Channeling to me
All manner of
Blessing and prosperity,
And place it at the disposal
Of the redeeming Mashiaḥ,
Unfolding to witness
The Shekhinah’s residing in Tsiyyon.


קִבּוּץ גָּלוּיוֹת, יְרוּשָׁלַיִם, מוֹדִים

הֻ Kibbutz Galuyot, Yerushalayim, Modim

I support myself
On the pillar of Hōd,
Making order in my life,
Gathering all the forces
From dispersion,
And settling them
In the blessed Yerushalayim,
Where I offer my thanks
To God’s Glory.


צְדָקָה וּמִשְּׁפַּת, צַדִּיקִים, שָׁלוֹם

הוּ Tsedakah Umishpat, Tsaddikim, Shalom

I base myself
On the foundation
Of Yesōd,
To act righteously and justly.
To assist
Every righteous effort
In the world,
And to become
Peaceful,
To work for peace.


שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה

ה Shome’a T’fillah

I affirm that Malkhūt,
The Shekhinah, is the one
Offering these affirmations in me,
And is attracting
The flow of blessings,
To suffuse my life.


אָמֵן…אָמֵן׃
Amen…Amen.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included these Weekday Affirmations based on the Amidah, in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). I have replaced anglicizations and removed capitalization for divine pronouns. –Aharon N. Varady

One might wonder where the practice of reciting daily affirmations intersects with Jewish prayer. These wikipedia articles on Affirmations (New Age) and especially, Affirmative Prayer provide some information on how affirmations have been used in the context of self-improvement movements, including the bygone Jewish Science movement. Reflecting on the language of these kabbalistic affirmations by Reb Zalman, I feel that he subverts the self-centered formulas typical of positive thinking “prayers” and centers the Jewish values of worldly tikkun through individuals taking upon themselves to act righteously and justly.

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