Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
asher yatzar et haadam b'chochmah
uvara vo n'kavim, n'kavim,
Galui v'yadua lifnei chisei ch'vodecha
she-im yipatei-ach echad meihem,
o yisateim echad meihem,
i efshar l'hitkayeim
Baruch atah, Adonai,
rofei chol basar umafli laasot.
Praise to you, Adonai,
our God, Sovereign of the universe,
who formed the human body with skill
creating the body's many pathways and openings.
It is well known before Your throne of glory
that if one of them be wrongly opened or closed,
it would be impossible to endure and stand before You.
Blessed are You, Adonai, who heals all flesh, working wondrously.
If we trust God to heal all flesh, working wondrously, is it also true that in order to heal us, God must first make us sick?
I trust that is not the case.
Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.