Coronavirus Careworkers Poem by Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen

May the One who blessed our ancestors
Bless all those who put themselves at risk to care for the sick
Physicians and nurses and orderlies
Technicians and home health aides
EMTs and pharmacists 
And bless especially / an individual or other categories of health workers/
Who navigate the unfolding dangers of the world each day, 
To tend to those they have sworn to help.
(This includes you.)
Bless them in their coming home and bless them in their going out. 
Ease their fear. Sustain them.
Source of all breath, healer of all beings,
Protect them and restore their hope. 
Strengthen them, that they may bring strength;
Keep them in health, that they may bring healing.
Help them know again a time when they can breathe without fear.
Bless the sacred work of their hands.
May this plague pass from among us, speedily and in our days.
—Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, March 2020
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Vayikra: Coming Closer

The Transcendent initiated communication from the Holy of Holies

to the guide within each of us

And Beingness spoke from above

from a transitory place of God’s presence.

In words the communication may be translated as follows:

 

Speak with all the parts of yourself

and speak again with them:

A human being

when wishing to draw close to the Divine 

it is from you yourself

that a drawing closer to God must come;

draw out nearness from your animal soul 

whether your nature is bullish

or sheepish—

that is the source of your drawing close to God.

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