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Mikveh for Recurrence or Exacerbation of Cancer

Created by Mayyim Hayyim Ritual Creation Team, 2004

Option A (If alone, to be said by the mikveh visitor) while preparing for immersion:

Hashomeyah T’filah, God who hears our prayers, hear my voice as I pray for safety and healing. At this difficult time, I stand between worlds of hope and fear. I reach out to You. May the Holy One of Blessing protect me under the sheltering wings of Her healing presence. Amen.

Option B (to be said by those gathered with the mikveh visitor) while preparing for immersion):

Hashomeyah T’filah, God who hears our prayers, hear our voices as we pray for the safety and healing of _____________. At this difficult time, we stand together between worlds of hope and fear. We reach out to You and to one another. May the Holy One of Blessing protect us under the sheltering wings of Her healing presence. And let us say, Amen.

I.  Kavanah (Intention) to be read immediately prior to immersion: Remembering those who came before me, I prepare myself for t’vilah (immersion in the mikveh.)

May my mind be clear

May my heart be open

May my body be renewed

As I immerse within the living waters

II. During Immersion

-First Immersion-

Slowly descend the steps into the mikveh waters and immerse completely so that every part of your body is covered in the warm water of the mikveh.

Following first immersion, recite:

In my time of trouble I call You. 

-Second Immersion-

Take a deep breath and exhale completely, while gently and completely immersing for the second time.

Following second immersion, recite:

Give ear, O Eternal, to my prayers, heed my plea for mercy.

-Third Immersion-

Relax, and let your body soften, as you slowly and completely immerse for a third time.

Following third immersion, recite:

.ברוך אתה יי אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו בטבילה במיים חיים

Baruch atah Adonai, eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher kidshanu bi-t’vilah b’mayyim hayyim.

Blessed are You, God, Majestic Spirit of the Universe, who makes us holy by embracing us in living waters.

III. After all immersions:

.בספר חיים ברכה ושלום ורפואה שלמה נזכר ונכתב [אזכר ואכתב] לפניך אנחנו וכל עמך בית ישראל לחיים טובים ולשלום

B’sayfer hayyim b’racha v’shalom u-r’fuah shlayma nizacher v’nikateyv [azacher v’achateyv] l’fanecha anachnu v’chol amcha beyt Yisrael l’hayyim tovim u’l’shalom.

In the book of life and blessing, wholeness and healing, may I (we), with all Your people, be inscribed for a good life, a life of shalom – wholeness and peace.

Complete Ceremony

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