Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub has given us permission to post his prayer for someone we love who is dealing with Covid. We offer this as we remember the over half million people in this country who have died in the now one year that we have been dealing with this pandemic.
Dear Source of all Living Beings:
The family of humankind has been facing a devastating pandemic,
spread across the earth and causing incalculable suffering and death.
Our loved one____________ has been diagnosed with this perilous virus,
plunging us into further uncertainty, distress and terror.
We turn to You for special support and strength in this time of great vulnerability and despair.
Bring__________a speedy, sturdy healing in all dimensions possible.
Strengthen and guide those healthcare professionals who are laboring to restore health,
as well as all the “ordinary people” who make day-to-day life possible;
Enable communities and society to care for those who are ill
as well as for those who love them, who cannot be physically in touch with their close ones.
As we pray for our dear____________
So we pray for all those experiencing sudden and severe illness.
May we soon see a world vaccinated and restored to life,
returning to a sense of normalcy and appropriate routine,
while actively committing to undo the extreme inequities that this pandemic made plain for all to see.
For You, Compassionate One, are the Healer of All, Doing Wondrous Things.
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.