Wrestling with a Mi Sheberakh

By Anson Laytner

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, February 2, 1996

The author argues that saying the mi shebarach (prayer for the ill) with the literal intent is nonsensical post-Holocaust. If God did not answer those Jews, why would God help individuals now? However, there is value in the comfort that others are prompted to provide for those who ask for this prayer.

Topic: Theology, Prayer, Emotional Support, Shoah, Health and Healing, Holocaust

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.26/no.507

Page Number(s): 3-4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Laytner, Anson. Wrestling with a Mi Sheberakh. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2 February 1996: 3-4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8369


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