|CoronaVirusBeGone! #12 6/10/2020 |
El Na Refa Na La (Numbers: 12:13)
God, Please, Heal HerGod Please Heal Us
This week, I am choosing to write and sing about Healing. One line from this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Be’Ha’alotcha , inspired me to do so. “Why?” one may ask, and my answer is that I cannot think of a better topic to discuss this week other than Moses’s profound shouting onto God thousands of years ago, begging for his beloved sister Miriam to be cured of the skin disease she became afflicted with: “ El Na Refa Na La God, Please, heal her!”
Also, since this Friday we are having our annual Rafes Awards ceremony, instead of my weekly Dvar Torah, we will all celebrate one of our outstanding members for her many years of volunteering at TBT, in ceremonial speeches that will uplift our souls for Shabbat (more details to come, so please stay tuned).
Be’ha’alotcha describes the journey of the exhausted Israelites, through harsh and unforgiving conditions of the Sinai dessert. It describes the physically and emotionally drained group of people, facing challenges that would deteriorate and break any human’s trust, as well as mental and physical stability. We are told of constant bitterness, complaints, and unrest among our ancient People, which resulted in rebellion, followed by a deadly plague.
This chain of events eventually drove siblings Aaron and Miriam to challenge, in public, their brother Moses’s leadership. Miriam, who spoke out loud, was punished for the slandering of her brother Moses: a sudden skin-scale type of disease, in Hebrew called Tzara’at צרעת, appeared on her skin, and she was forced into exile from the rest of camp.
Upon his sister becoming gravely ill, Moses reacted quickly without hesitation; he prayed fiercely on her behalf, begging God to grant Miriam healing and save her from death. Five words is all that Moses was able to utter: El Na Refa Na La. God heard Moses’s cry and healed Miriam after she was sent for 7 days in isolation outside the camp, in harsh desert conditions of quarantine.
|Life, sometimes, throws unpredictable curveballs our way, which can appear to be simply too hard for us to handle. These challenging days our own aggravation can drive us to make ourselves sick in a desert-like environment of isolation. El na, refa na la. Simple, yet raw and clear, this prayer of healing reminds us that sometimes we can simply stop what we are doing and pray to God for healing, just like we do every Friday evening during our Mi She’Berach list and song. This is called “letting go and letting God.” And, I believe that God does hear us.|
I have decided to record myself and share with you today four different melodies by different contemporary composers: prayers for healing that you don’t need to wait for shabbat to access. You can always tap into and sing/pray along, or simply just listen while having your own “private conversation with God.”
|1) El Na Re’fa Na LaNumbers 12:13. Melody: Cantor Jeff Klepper El Na Refa Na La. God, Please, heal her Click here to watch and listen|
|2) Mi SheberachMelody: by Debbie Friedman Mi shebeirach avoteinu, m’kor habracha l’imoteinuMay the source of strength, who blessed the ones before usHelp us find the courage, to make our lives a blessing,And let us say, Amen.Mi shebeirach imoteinu, m’kor habracha l’avoteinuBless those in need of healing, with r’fu-ah sh’lei’mah:The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit,And let us say: Amen. Click here to watch and listen|
3) Mi Sh’Berach (A Song of Healing)Words and music by Cantor Lisa Levine Mi she’berach avoteinu, Avraham, Yitzhak, ve’Yaakov.Mi she’berach imoteinu, Sarah, Rivkah, Leah, Ve’Rachel.May the One who blessed our Mothers,May the One who blessed our Fathers, Hear our Prayer and bless us as well. Bless us with the power of Your healing,Bless us with the power of Your hope.May our hearts be filled with understanding,And strengthened by the power of Your love. Click here to watch and listen
|4) Heal Us NowBased on Numbers 12:13, Psalm 28:9, 85:10, 118:25 and 145:18Music and English by Leon Sher Re’fa’ei’nu Adonai ve’ne’ra’fe, Ho’shi’ei’nu ve’ni’va’she’ahEl ka’rov le’chol ko’r’av, Ach ka’rov liy’re’av, yish’o We pray for healing of the body, we pray for healing of the soulFor strength of flesh and mind and spirit, we pray to once again be whole El Na Refa Na, oh please, heal us nowRe’fu’at ha’ne’fesh, u’re’fuat ha’guf, Re’fua sh’le’maHeal us now Ho’shia et amecha, u’varech et na’cha’la’te’cha, u’re’em ve’nas’em ad ha’olamMi she’berach a’vo’tei’nu, mi she’be’rach I’mo’teinu, a’na Adonai ho’shi’a na. We pray for healing of our people, we pray for healing of the landAnd peace for every race and nation, every child every woman every man. Click here to watch and listen|
Wishing everyone health, health, health! L’echayim (to life!) and Zei Gezunt (be healthy, in Yiddish)
Please be in touch!