February 19, 2013

Mi shebeirach

This is what Dr G sang to me today:

Mi shebeirach avoteinu
M'kor hab'racha l'imoteinu

May the source of strength,
Who blessed the ones before us,
Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing,
and let us say, Amen.

Mi shebeirach imoteinu
M'kor habrachah l'avoteinu

Bless those in need of healing with r'fuah sh'leimah,
The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit,
And let us say, Amen

They were singing it at home when his daughter suggested that this would be a good sing for him to sing to his patients. His reply: "I know just the person who will appreciate it."

Then he paid me the loveliest compliment, saying that I reminded him of Debbie Friedman z"l, the composer of this song. Not so much in the singing, but, I gathered, in the spirit he thinks we share. 

I was very moved, and we both teared up.


  1. How kind. And awesome!

  2. bjohanna11:37 AM

    A prayer this Lutheran can use. Will have to learn how to pronounce the Hebrew. Thanks for sharing.

  3. A doctor that sings to his patients. The sign of a true helpmeet!!

    Blessings upon you, Jill!