Posts from the ‘Family’ category

Life cycle events, love and family healing.

Family Healing

This is a prayer for healing family wounds. Choices to tailor the prayer to particular situations are in [brackets]. Use this or other language to describe…

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Blessing For a Spouse / Partner

I know a young couple who bless each other at the Shabbat table: they hold hands, look into each other’s eyes, then give and receive a blessing. This…

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For Family

This prayer is about remembering the love of family and the desire to heal the wounds that can come between us. A quick note about the…

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A Prayer for Dad

Here’s a prayer for Father’s Day.  It’s from a series of prayers celebrating family. Each opens with the tone of psalm and ends with a blessing.…

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Meditation for a Child’s First Torah Reading

This prayer was inspired by a video of a friend’s daughter reading Torah, although it wasn’t her first time chanting. Add the Shehecheyanu to the end…

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A Prayer for Mom

Here’s a prayer to honor Mom. “For the Matriarch” is from a series of prayers celebrating family, including “For the Patriarch,” “For Our Brothers,” “For Our Sisters”and “For…

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My Child Leaves Home (A Parent’s Prayer, Revised)

Tomorrow my daughter Dana moves to Los Angeles. She’s lived with me for three months between college and career. This prayer was first written and posted last year. In the past…

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Our Patriarch: Jerold S. Solovy z”l

Here’s a prayer reposted in memory of my uncle Jerry Solovy z”l. The Chicago ADL has renamed the Jerold S. Solovy Freedom Award in his memory. The Chicago Sun-Times…

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On the Birth of Grandchildren

When my daughter Dana saw me typing this prayer into the computer she said: “Don’t get any ideas.” I hope to have grandchildren someday, but not…

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For the Family Historian

This is a prayer for the one who holds the flame of family history. I wrote it in honor of our family historian, Irwin Keller. Irwin…

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