A Meditation/Blessing/Kavanah for Vaccination

Hannah Katsman (חנה כצמן) of Petah Tikva recently composed this Meditation/Blessing/Kavanah to be said before vaccination. It has also been placed on the Open Siddur Project

Oh God and God of our fathers, may it be Thy will that the vaccinations that we are about to receive will bring health, blessing and redemption, and protect us from suffering and terrible diseases.

May this vaccination work quickly with minimal pain and side effects. Through this vaccine, may we merit blessing and protection for small children, the elderly, and the sick who cannot be vaccinated.

May the nurses and doctors who provide our vaccines enjoy long and peaceful life, financial security and success. May the merit of their preservation of our health stand in their stead until the end of their days.

Through the merit of observing the commandment, “you should guard yourself carefully,” may we be privileged to raise children to Torah, the marriage canopy, and good deeds. Blessed is the One who hears prayer.

In memory of my brother Dr. Sholom Wacholder z”l, who died on Hoshana Raba 5776. As a biostatistician for the National Cancer Institute, he was instrumental in the development of the vaccine to prevent cancers caused by HPV.

(Copyright belongs to Hannah Katsman but all are encouraged to use and distribute it non-commercially)


יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ

ה׳ אֱלֹקֵינוּ וֵאלֹקֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ

שֶׁהַחִסּוּן שֶׁאָנוּ עוֹמְדִים לְקַבֵּל

יָבִיא רְפוּאָה, בְּרָכָה וְהַצָּלָה

וְיָגֵן עֲלֵינוּ מִיִּסּוּרִים וּמִמַּחֲלוֹת קָשׁוֹת.

שֶׁהַחִסּוּן יַשְׁפִּיעַ בִּמְהִירוּת

תּוֹךְ מִעוּט כְּאֵבִים

וּלְלֹא תּוֹפְעוֹת לְוַאי,

וְשֶׁבִּזְכוּת מַתַּן חִסּוּנִים אֵלּוּ

תָּגֵן עַל תִּינוֹקוֹת בְּנֵי יוֹמָם, עַל קְשִׁישִׁים וְעַל חוֹלִים

שֶׁאֵינָם יְכוֹלִים לְהִתְחַסֵּן.

וִיהִי רָצוֹן

שֶׁיִּזְכּוּ הָאֲחָיוֹת, הָאַחִים, הָרוֹפְאוֹת וְהָרוֹפְאִים

הַמְּחַסְּנִים אוֹתָנוּ

לְחַיִּים אֲרֻכִּים וּשְׁלֵוִים

לְפַרְנָסָה טוֹבָה וּלְהַצְלָחָה

וְשֶׁזְּכוּת הַשְּׁמִירָה עַל בְּרִיאוּת הַצִּבּוּר

תַּעֲמֹד לָהֶם עַד סוֹף יְמֵיהֶם.

וּבִזְכוּת קִיּוּם מִצְוַת וְנִשְׁמַרְתֶּם מְאֹד לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם, נִזְכֶּה לְגַדֵּל אֶת בָּנֵינוּ וּבְנוֹתֵינוּ לְתוֹרָה, לְחֻפָּה וּלְמַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים.

בָּרוּךְ שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה.

לעילוי נשמת אחי ד״ר שלום פנחס בן הרב בן-ציון וטייבא גיטל וכהולדר ז״ל, חוקר החיסון נגד נגיף הפפילומה. נפטר בהושענא רבא תשע״ו.

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