Tradition & Innovation

Blessing for Creativity

By Adva Chattler & Hila Ratzabi
black and white photo of white blonde woman in oversized black coat with hood on, standing at the ocean shore, hands open to the sky, looking like she might be dancing or moving freely

We wrote this blessing in collaboration in Hebrew and English as a gift to the Ritualwell community of creators. We were inspired by Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation), the classic kabbalistic text that describes the mystical act of creation. The blessing is written using the acronym of God's name YHVH. In Sefer Yetzirah, various permutations of the holy divine name are used for the purposes of meditation and even magic. Jumping off from this idea, we wanted to invoke the divine name of YHVH, along with Yah, a feminine divine name, to invite the spirit of inspiration and creativity to infuse our creative work. 


Blessing for Creativity

You, Hand of imagination, Creator of universes, Builder of hopes, Healer of agonies

Help us, inspire us to wonder, to create a new song and writings of wisdom, at the right time

Vivify us, suffuse us with the spirit of inspiration, release us from confining thoughts

Here I am, ready to be your shofar, the voice of your song, for every soul and creature on your earth. 


Blessed are you, Yah, Mother of Creation, who blesses us with your inspiration, to partner with you in the act of creation.

בִּרְכַּת הַיְּצִירָה

יַד הַדִּמְיוֹן יוֹצֶרֶת עוֹלָמוֹת, בּוֹנָה תִּקְווֹת, מְרַפְּאָה מַכְאוֹבוֹת  

הַפְלִיאִי לַעֲשׂוֹת שִׁירָה חֲדָשָׁה, כְּתִיבָה נְבוֹנָה בְּשָׁעָה טוֹבָה 

וְהַשְׁפִּיעִי עָלֵינוּ רוּחַ הַשְׁרָאָה, שַׁחְרְרִי אוֹתָנוּ מִמֵּצַרֵי מַחְשָׁבָה

הִנְנִי מוּכָנָה לִהְיוֹת שׁוֹפָרֵךְ, קוֹל זִמְרָתֵךְ לְכָל נְשָׁמָה וּבְרִיָּה בְּעוֹלָמֵךְ


בְּרוּכָה אַתְּ יָהּ, אֵם הַיְּצִירָה אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּהַשְׁרָאָתָהּ לְהִשְׁתַּתֵּף בְּתַהֲלִיךְ הַיְּצִירָה

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