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Well-being, health, and caregiving

This is an archive of prayers composed for, or relevant to, the health and well-being of others by or for caregivers.

If you have composed a prayer for overcoming illness, for well-being, or for the success of caregivers, healers, and physicians, please share it here.

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Prayer for One who Transitions, by Eitan Meshullam Chai

Blessing for Living with Chronic Illness, by Rabbi Sandra Razieli & Moshe Razieli

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

A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

A General Prayer for Adult Transitions, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Blessings for Gender Transitioning, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

A Prayer for Repro Shabbat (National Council of Jewish Women 2022)

A Prayer for Those Denied Abortion Care, by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (National Council of Jewish Women 2021)

מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ לְבָּרְוָחָה הַנַּפְשִׁית | Mi sheBerakh for Mental Health Wellness (the Blue Dove Foundation, 2021)

Prayer for When My Children are Vaccinated Against COVID-19, by Cantor Hinda Labovitz (2021)

Blessing for Myself and for You, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

בקרב כולם | in the midst of it all, a short prayer by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (2020)

תפילה למחסן/ת | Prayer for those Administering Vaccinations (Masorti Movement in Israel 2020)

מי שברך על כל המחרפים נפשם לעצור את המגפה | Mi sheBerakh for the Medical Workers & Researchers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic (2020)

תפילה למתחסן/ת | Prayer for those Receiving Vaccinations (Masorti Movement in Israel 2020)

תְּפִלָּה לַמִּתְחַסְּנִים | A Prayer for the one to be Vaccinated, by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried (2020)

אַ געבעט פאַר דער אימונירונג | תְּפִלָּה לִפְנֵי חִסּוּן | Prayer before a Vaccination, by Hannah Katsman

הודאה לפני התרגיל | Prayer of Gratitude Before Exercise, by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

A Blessing for the Sudden Relief from Chronic Pain, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

A blessing for you if you need one, from Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

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

תפילה לפני חלוקת תרופות | Prayer before the dispensation of medication, by Dafna Meir, z”l

אשר יצר | Asher Yatsar prayer for recognizing the Divine Image in all our bodies, by Rabbi Emily Aviva Kapor

Activist Prayer for a Trauma Center on Chicago’s South Side, by Aryeh Bernstein (2015)

תפילה לתורם דם | The Blood Donor’s Prayer, by Elli Fischer

Transition Ritual Poems, by Joy Ladin

Heal Me, a prayer-poem by Trisha Arlin

In Search of Seraḥ: A Prayer to Seraḥ by Chaya Kaplan-Lester

Prayer in a Time of Serious Illness by Rabbi Gilah Langner

אֲשֶׁר יָצַר | Asher Yatsar, interpretive translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

A Prayer for Healing, by Rabbi Brant Rosen (Tzedek Chicago)

A Blessing over Water for Peace, Health, Joy, Prosperity, and Kindness — by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (ca. 2004)

Prayer for Dedication of Hospital Chapel, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

A Prayer for the Ill, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

A Prayer for the Despondent, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

[Prayer for a] Nurses’ Commencement, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1951)

[Prayer] in Illness, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

[Prayer for] Rebirth, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

[Prayer for the] Dedication of a Medical Research Clinic, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

Courage to Withstand the Ridicule of the Worldly, a prayer by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

מי שברך לתקופת יום הולדת | Mi sheBerakh on behalf of one celebrating a birthday, by Rabbi Dr. Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

[Prayers] for peacefulness, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)

[Prayer] for hope, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)

תפלה בלחש | A Whispered Prayer (for protection from noxious air and people), by Tsvi Hirsch Robinson (1909)

רְפָא צִירִי | Refa Tsiri, a piyyut for healing by Rabbi Refael Antebi Tabbush (ca. late 19th c.)

Hálaima a bajból való menekülésért | Thanksgiving for deliverance from trouble, by Rabbi Arnold Kiss (1897)

Bajban | Prayer in a personal crisis, by Rabbi Arnold Kiss (1897)

אײן אנשפראכע געגען עין הרע | An Incantation against the Ayin haRa (1896)

Prayer in Heavy Sickness, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Thanksgiving for Deliverance, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Prayer for Patience and Strength in Adversity, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Prayer for a Sick Child, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

Gebet für Eltern | Prayer for Parents, by Fanny Neuda (1855)

Actions de graces après un événement heu-reux | Thanksgiving after a joyful reprieve, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

Prayer of Thanksgiving on Recovering from Sickness, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

Prayer in sickness, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

Prayer of a Wife for a Sick Husband, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

Prayer of a mother for her sick infant child, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

Supplique dans un malheur ou dans un chagrin | Supplication in misfortune or in grief, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

Prière d’un enfant pour un malade | A child’s prayer for a sick person, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

Gebet in den Stunden der Wehmuth und Niedergeschlagenheit | Prayer in times of melancholy and dejection, a teḥinah by Meïr haLevi Letteris (1846)

When I Remember, My God! (Exodus 20:13), a hymn on “Filial Love” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Return, Oh Lord! and Let Me Be (Job 29), a hymn on “Charity” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Gebet für einen Kranken [auf den Begräbnißplatz] | Prayer [at a gravesite] for a sick person, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1835)

תחנה שערי דמעות | Tkhine of the Gate of Tears

תפלה לרופא | A Physician’s Prayer, by Markus Herz (1783)

אֱלִי, רְפָאֵנִי וְאֵרָפֵא | Eli Refa’eni v’Erafé, the personal physician’s prayer of Rabbi Dr. Yehudah haLevi (ca. early 12th c.)

אסו ית ארסינואי | Two healing prayers for Arsinoë’s recovery (Amulets 80.AM.55.1 & 80.AM.55.2, J. Paul Getty Museum)

Ritual for Judging Bad Dreams for Good

תהלים כ״ג | Psalms 23, translation by Shim’on Menachem, melody by Shir Yaakov