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Mi Shebeirach: The Jewish Prayer for Healing

Listen to Three Beautiful Renditions of the Jewish Prayer for Healing, Mi Shebeirach

Mi Shebeirach, the Jewish prayer for healing, is one of the most meaningful prayers in Judaism. We pray for healing and strength for not only those who are looking for a physical cure for their illness, but those who need spiritual healing too.

During services, there are different ways that your loved one might be included in the healing prayer. You might add your name to a list of people who are sick and the rabbi will call out the names at services before the Mi Shebeirach prayer is sung. The rabbi might also have congregants stand in place at their pew and have them say the names aloud of their loved ones who need healing.

The prayer itself is so powerful that there are many ways to feel its effect. You don’t have to be in services to say these words. They are oftentimes said by families or friends on many occasions. And, someone who is ill in the hospital can listen to any of these three beautiful versions of the prayer on Youtube or Spotify and be touched by the melody.

If you would like to learn a bit more about the Mi Shebeirach prayer, I highly encourage you to watch this video created by Bimbam. They do an excellent job of explaining the meaning and rituals surrounding the Jewish prayer for healing.

Once you do that, I have included my three favorite versions of the Mi Shebeirach prayer for you to listen to.


Mi Shebeirach Lyrics written by Debbie Friedman

While it is traditional for people to say the Mi Shebeirach prayer on behalf of the ones that need to be healed, I encourage anyone who could use some healing to watch this video of Debbie Friedman performing the Mi Shebeirach live. Listening to her sincerity and the beautiful melody should provide you some sense of comfort.

Mi shebeirach avoteinu

M’kor hab’racha l’imoteinu

May the source of strength

Who blessed the ones before us

Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing

And let us say Amen

Mi shebeirach imoteinu

M’kor habrachah l’avoteinu

Bless those in need of healing with r’fuah sh’leimah

The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit

And let us say Amen

While Debbie Friedman’s version of the Mi Sheberach is, without question, the most popular, there are two other melodies that I want to share with you as well because I think they are absolutely beautiful too. The first is by American singer-songwriter Craig Taubman and the second is by Cantor Lisa Levine.

Mee Shebayrach Lyrics by Craig Taubman

You’ll notice that the Mi Shebeirach translation is a bit different in Craig Taubman’s version of the Jewish healing prayer. While you can technically translate the Hebrew phonetically however you want, I would say this translation is actually more accurate. I bring this up because if you are looking for a copy of this song on Spotify or Youtube, you will want to spell the prayer with the two “EE’s” and the “AY,” otherwise his version might not show up for you.

Craig’s rendition is also the most similar to the actual prayer as it is strictly in Hebrew; there are no English lyrics included in his composition.

Mi shebeirach avoteinu

Avraham, Yitzhak, v’yaakov

Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, v’Leah

Hu yivarech virapei

Et hacholeh

Mi shebeirach avoteinu

Avraham, Yitzhak, v’yaakov

Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, v’Leah

Hu yevarech virapei

Et hacholim

El na r’fa na la (4x)

Mi Shebeirach Lyrics by Lisa Levine

I absolutely fell in love with Lisa Levine’s version of Mi Shebeirach and felt compelled to share this since you never know which prayer will speak to those that need healing.

The chords in Lisa’s Mi Shebeirach really remind me of the classic song, Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof.

Mi she-bei-rach a-vo-tei-nu

Av-ra-ham, Yitz-chak v’-Ya’-a-kov

Mi she-bei-rach i-mo-tei-nu

Sa-ra, Riv-ka, Le-ah v’-Ra-cheil

May the One who blessed our mothers

May the One who blessed our fathers

Hear our prayer (4x)

And bless us as well.

Bless us with the power of Your healing. Bless us with the power of Your hope.
May our hearts be filled with understanding and strengthened by the power of Your love.

Mi she-bei-rach a-vo-tei-nu

Av-ra-ham, Yitz-chak v’-Ya’-a-kov

Mi she-bei-rach i-mo-tei-nu

Sa-ra, Riv-ka, Le-ah v’-Ra-cheil

May the One who blessed our mothers

May the One who blessed our fathers

Hear our prayer (x4)

And bless us as well.

Which version of the Mi Shebeirach prayer do you find to be the most moving? Let us know in the comments below! And, if you’re ready…learn more Hebrew on the BMA blog!

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