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Asher Yatzar (The One who forms)

By Rabbi Elliot Rose Kukla


  בָּרוּךְ אַת אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר יָצְרָה אֶת הָאָדָם בְּחָכְמָה 

Barukh At Adonay Eloheynu Melekh ha’olam asher yatzrah et ha'adam b'khokhma

Blessed are You, Eternal One our God, Ruler of the universe, who has formed the human being with wisdom.
You created in the human body openings upon openings and cavities upon cavities. It is clear and well known that if just one of these unique valves within the complexity of each body was blocked or ruptured, it would be impossible to survive. May the day come when it is also obvious and evident that if just one unique body within the complexity of Your world is blocked or ruptured, if just one of us is not allowed to make our distinctive beauty manifest in the world, then it is impossible for all of Your creation to thrive and rise each day joyfully before You.

Blessed are You, Source of all life and form, who implanted within us the ability to shape and reshape ourselves – molding, changing, transitioning and adorning our bodies – so that the fullness of our many genders, the abundance of our desires and the diversity of our souls can be revealed.
Blessed are You, Eternal One, who has made me Your partner in daily completing the task of my own formation.

(Note: The author made an intentional choice to mix the gender of the subject and verb in the Hebrew of this blessing.)