While there are many traditional Jewish prayers for healing, the feminist movement empowered first women, and then men and women, to create many more prayers and ceremonies which spoke to the specific situations in which they found themselves. The complexity of modern medicine has added to this need for prayers for tests, prayers before surgery, prayers after chemotherapy and for each chemo session, etc. In addition, several writers on ritualwell have created ceremonies to celebrate an important anniversary in relationship to their disease.
Faced with the challenge of blessing God for the gift of one's body when the body doesn't always work as it used to, the author invited a group of women to develop alternative blessings to be said to help people suffering from illness connect to God and seek God's presence. [more]