Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

R’fuat HaNefesh: Healing the Soul

imagesCAJ4Y1PSThis is a lovely prayer for healing the soul directed toward a specific individual. It did not, however, come off as planned. I intended to write a prayer/poem in praise of the soul. Instead, I wrote this prayer for healing the soul. It prayer appears in Jewish Prayers of Hope and HealingOptional language is shown in [brackets] and word choices are identified with a slash (/). To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.


R’fuat HaNefesh
G-d of the spirit,
G-d of the soul, the breath and the wind,
Look with kindness and favor on __________________, (name)
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.” All of them appear in my new book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

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5 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

  2. miriam

    thank you–sadly this is how i have been feeling after divorce and actually started asking people to pray for me. since i do not believe in coincidence…..i thank you for being there just when i needed you to be!


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