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Brakhah for Receiving a Diagnosis

silhouette of woman holding hands open to sky, sea and clouds in background

I was recently given a set of diagnoses that, while unpleasant, meant I was finally able to put names to the challenges I have been facing for years. I wanted a blessing to say that would reflect the dual nature of my diagnoses, both happy that I finally had answers and sad because the answers were difficult. I combined existing brachot with twists to reflect the multilayered nature of such a diagnosis. As an ordained Kohenet I used feminine God language but you could certainly use whatever word(s) for God work for you.

"Blessed are you Shekhinah our Goddess, who gives wisdom to doctors and heals our bodies and souls. Blessed are you Shekhinah who has created me, sustained me, and given me an answer. Blessed are you Shekinah, the true judge, who uses all things for good."

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