Jewish Waves of Faith – Heal My Pain

Jewish Waves of Faith – Heal My Pain

Waves of Faith - Alzheimer's Care West Palm BeachIn today’s Jewish Waves of Faith, Rabbi Bernstein talks about healing your pain.  We we hope you enjoy this video! Remember that if you need any help, guidance or support, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is here for you.  Reach out to us at 561-588-4545

In this piyut we feel the pain of the poet and the people of Israel. He speaks of pain, suffering and affliction and pleads for mercy, healing and consolation. The request is not in the physical sense only but in the spiritual as well- give strength to my soul.

The poet addresses God in a rather uncommon term- expert healer and thus emphasizes the dependence of the individual and the nation God to heal the wounds of the exile and of the personal suffering. God is described as faithful, following the verse in Deuteronomy (7:9): “Know, therefore, that only the Lord your God is God, the steadfast God who keeps His covenant faithfully”.

The Aram Tzuba tradition attributes this piyut to R. Refael Antebi, the greatest poet among the Jews of Aram Tzuba, whereas the Moroccan tradition claims it was written by the poet R. Rafael Edrei, who lived in Morocco in the 20th century.

Refa Tziri- Heal My Pain

Heal my pain Oh Loyal God

For you are a skilled healer

You lead me, You see my weakness

And grant strength to my soul

Open the gate of mercy

High dweller of the heavens

Upon your servant bestow your grace

There would be no mercy if not for You

Oh Living God desire my prayer

And hasten to my aid

And speedily call for the redemption

Of the nation born to the Lady (Sara)