A Passover Prayer For Health

Three times a day we recite the the eighth blessing in the Amida praying that all Yisrael be healed. The language is very specific–it says “Rofay kol amo Yisrael” (…all of His nation…) rather than, for example, “Rofay cholay amo Yisrael” (….those who are ill among His nation….).

It’s customary here to quietly recite, or at least think, the names of close family members, then friends, leaders and others among the Jewish People who suffer illness or injury, praying for God’s direct aid in their healing. However, as I mentioned, we “seal” the bracha specifically saying “all His nation Yisrael“.

Of course, in an existential way all of us almost always has some sort of health complaint, but a  skinned knee or the sniffles are far cries from cancer or bullet/knife wounds. But that sounds like a forced, and not very convincing explanation.

These tefillot were formalized shortly after the destruction of our Holy Temple and our exile from the Holy Land. Since that time the Jewish People have lived with daily uncertainty of our very survival. Although in a very small number of places and during a very small number of periods we have had a sense of temporary security, our sages and leaders have realized that this “security” was always fragile indeed. Thus, for almost two full millennia almost every Jew, whether consciously aware of it or not, has suffered from devastating trauma.

One symptom of this trauma, a necessary survival technique throughout most of our history in exile, has been to keep our heads down, to not call attention to ourselves and to always be obsessed with not angering whoever our “masters” were at any given time and place. After all these generations, this behavior has become so deeply ingrained that we’re often not even aware of them.

The prayer for the health and wholeness of all Yisrael was also a prayer for a reality in which our health and robustness was even a possiblity. Although we’re blessed to be living in a time when that reality exists, in other words the existence of Medinat Yisrael, the modern state of Israel, a “real” country which, although embattled since long before Independence, boasts a relatively stable, humane society with both civil and human rights for all. We also have, for the first time since our defeat by the legions of ancient Rome, our own military to protect ourselves rather than having to live at the whim and pleasure of others.

The condition for our national health exists, but most of us, both inside and outside of the Holy Land, are still, to one degree or another, crippled by uncertainty and insecurity. In many ways, we still consider ourselves, at best, a vassal state (of the US, the Europeans, the United Nations) and regularly obsess to demonstrate our worthiness. No other state on the planet regularly humilates itself, puts aside the welfare and safety of its own citizens and abandons its own unique values to somehow impress “Master” and thus prove, mainly to still-insecure ourselves, that we actually are worthy of survival.

Obviously, merely having a country to, finally and once again (since it was ours long ago) call our own, has not been enough to cure us of our acute ghetto-syndrome. Boasting a vibrant democracy, being “Start-Up Nation” and winning several wars of survival have not healed this cancer in our national soul. Nothing in the merely materialistic realm ever will.

Thus, three times every day we beseech The Creator, “Rofay kol Amo Yisrael“, cure each and every one of us and enable us to move into the future as confident free people, serving no earthly master. What better time than Pesach this year? No longer avadim, slaves, ata b’nei chorin, now we are free people. May it be so this year.

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15 Responses to A Passover Prayer For Health

  1. Jacques Ruda says:

    le’shana haba beYerushalaim. If we do not speak have a Shabbat Sholom and a Chag Someach

  2. Rebecca Newman says:

    Yasher koach. I have forwarded to my children, niece & nephew Sent from my iPhone

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    • Thank you for your support. Sharing my thoughts and insights is not only gratifying, but helps spread “the word”.
      Have a wonderful Pesach, Becky, you and your entire family.

  3. Nathan Lopes Cardozo says:

    Thanks, have a great pesach, much love, Nathan

  4. SRQ Jew says:

    Dear Reb Harry, I loved this! 

    I see from facebook that your moving plans are well underway for this summer.   While I’m happy for you that your dream of moving to Eretz Yisrael is becoming a reality, I selfishly hoped it would wait until after I receive smicha next January (B”H).  You may not be at the ceremony in body, but you certainly will be in spirit, because I couldn’t have done it without you.  You helped me so much, and I am very grateful. Love and blessings, and Chag sameach!  Jennifer  Jennifer Singer, MAJESpiritual Leader, Congregation Kol HaNeshamaDirector, Jewish Healing Program, JFCSRabbinical Student, Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal

    From: Rabbi Zeitlin To: jdsinger1942@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016 3:52 PM Subject: [New post] A Passover Prayer For Health #yiv2611257867 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2611257867 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2611257867 a.yiv2611257867primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2611257867 a.yiv2611257867primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2611257867 a.yiv2611257867primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2611257867 a.yiv2611257867primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2611257867 WordPress.com | Harry Zeitlin posted: “Three times a day we recite the the eighth blessing in the Amida praying that all Yisrael be healed. The language is very specific–it says “Rofay kol amo Yisrael” (…all of His nation…) rather than, for example, “Rofay cholay amo Yisrael” (….those w” | |

  5. Mr. Cohen says:

    42% of French Muslims between from age 18 to 29 believe that suicide bombings against civilians can be justified.

    35% of British Muslims between from age 18 to 29 believe that suicide bombings against civilians can be justified.

    26% of American Muslims between from age 18 to 29 believe that suicide bombings against civilians can be justified.

    SOURCE:
    By the Numbers, a video by Raheel Raza
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSPvnFDDQHk

  6. Mr. Cohen says:

    Fundamentalist Islam is targeting African Americans in an attempt to bypass security profiling that would normally draw attention to terrorist operations. This approach takes advantage of any resentment toward the white establishment and provides Fundamentalist Islam with terrorists who do not fit the usual profiles.

    Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, number-two man in Al Qaeda, has stated publicly: “I want blacks in America to know that we are waging jihad to lift oppression from all mankind.”

    What Zawahiri does not say is that Mohammed disliked the black race immensely and referred to them as “raisin heads” several times in the Hadith (1:662; 9:256). Throughout the Hadith, blacks are also referred to abeds, which means “black” in Arabic, and is also synonymous with “slave” or “filth”. In fact, Arab Muslims have enslaved blacks for 1,400 years, and the black slave trade is still thriving in the Sudan and Mauritania.

    In examining the relationship between blacks and Islam, readers will be surprised to find that throughout history, Islam has placed blacks on the same level as barn animals. Moreover, the barn is where most enslaved blacks are relegated after they are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam or die.

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 4, page 82) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

    PS: Please check out these pro-Israel web sites:
    http://www.camera.org * http://www.HonestReporting.com * http://www.memri.org *
    http://www.ActForAmerica.org * http://www.aish.com * http://www.IsraelLawCenter.org

  7. Mr. Cohen says:

    Fundamentalist Islam is targeting African Americans in an attempt to bypass security profiling that would normally draw attention to terrorist operations. This approach takes advantage of any resentment toward the white establishment and provides Fundamentalist Islam with terrorists who do not fit the usual profiles.

    Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, number-two man in Al Qaeda, has stated publicly: “I want blacks in America to know that we are waging jihad to lift oppression from all mankind.”

    What Zawahiri does not say is that Mohammed disliked the black race immensely and referred to them as “raisin heads” several times in the Hadith (1:662; 9:256). Throughout the Hadith, blacks are also referred to abeds, which means “black” in Arabic, and is also synonymous with “slave” or “filth”. In fact, Arab Muslims have enslaved blacks for 1,400 years, and the black slave trade is still thriving in the Sudan and Mauritania.

    In examining the relationship between blacks and Islam, readers will be surprised to find that throughout history, Islam has placed blacks on the same level as barn animals. Moreover, the barn is where most enslaved blacks are relegated after they are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam or die.

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 4, page 82) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

  8. Mr. Cohen says:

    Even though slavery was abolished in 1962 in Saudi Arabia, it is still practiced there today.

    Not only is the government aware that it still exists, but religious and influential clerics sanction it.

    Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, an opponent of anti-slavery laws and member of the Senior Council of Clerics, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, said:
    “Slavery is a part of Islam, and whoever wants it abolished is an infidel.”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 9, page 187) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

  9. Mr. Cohen says:

    “End FBI discrimination against Christians and Jews who are qualified Arabic translators.

    Despite its shortage of Arabic translators, the FBI insists on excluding virtually all non-Muslims.”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 12, page 230) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

  10. Mr. Cohen says:

    According to a report by the Open Doors organization, the top-ten-worst countries for anti-Christian persecution in year 2015 were: North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran and Libya.

    All these nations are ruled by Communists or Muslims or both.

    Notice that NONE of those nations are being targeted by the BDS movement!

    SOURCE: 2015 Was Not a Good Year For Jews and Christians Living in Muslim Lands, an article by Martin Barillas 2016 January 18, published by Spero News

  11. Mr. Cohen says:

    “The very existence of people living free and happy, free from Islamic dominion, is blasphemy [against Islam]; Blasphemy that must be remedied by bringing them into Islam, or under the rule of Islamic law.”

    SOURCE:
    What Drives Islam to be the Religion of War by Daniel Greenfield, 2010 April 14
    http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2010/04/what-drives-islam-to-be-religion-of-war.html

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