Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

R’fuat HaNefesh: Healing the Soul

This prayer did not come off as planned. I intended to write a prayer/poem in praise of the soul. The result, instead, is a lovely prayer for healing the soul directed toward a specific individual. Options for focusing this prayer appear in [brackets]. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows. This prayer will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

R’fuat HaNefesh
G-d of the spirit,
G-d of the soul, the breath and the wind,
Look with kindness and favor on ___________________________,
[Add a name in Hebrew or your native tongue]
My [father /mother / sister / brother / son / daughter / friend / husband / wife / partner]
Whose heart aches,
Crushed and fallow,
Whose heart yearns,
Empty and broken.
G-d of the nefesh, ruach and neshama,
Guide his / her soul
Back to wonder and mystery,
Sacred moments and glorious days,
So that he /she knows the power of Your love
And the wisdom of Your word.
May his / her soul shine,
A light and blessing
For our people Israel.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: Other prayers for healing include: “For Surgery,” “Upon Recover from Surgery,” “For a Critically Ill Mother,” “For a Critically Ill Child,” “For a Critically Ill Father” and “For Healing the Spirit.”

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4 Responses to “R’fuat HaNefesh: Healing the Soul”

  1. Keeva Epstein Crelan

    How do I receive your ongoing beautiful work/loving prayers?

    • tobendlight

      Keeva, thanks for your kind words about these prayers. To receive them via email, type your email address into the subscribe box in the right hand column. To read four to six mini-prayers each week and to get notices of new prayers posted to the site, “like” the To Bend Light page on Facebook. Thanks again for your encouragement. Alden


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