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“Heal Us Now”

This piece weaves together healing liturgy, biblical text and psalms. We hear Moses’ voice as he calls out to God to heal Miriam, “El Na R’fana La.” We are reminded that there are times in our lives when we need healing of the mind, of the body and of the spirit. The passionate melody echoes our fervent cries to God for healing.  This text reassures us with conviction: “God is karov/close to all who call out to God. Surely help is near to all who call out to God.” 
Oseh Shalom sung by Cantor Rebecca Garfein with the Portugaly Gospel Choir and VOCE’ (Voices of Christ Ensemble) J. David Williams, pianist

Cantor Garfein is Senior Cantor at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City
To view Cantor Garfein’s bio go to the temple’s website “staff” webpage and click on her picture (second row first picture on left). 

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Heal Us Now Music and English Text: Leon Sher, 2002
Hebrew Text: Healing Liturgy, Numbers 12:13, Pslams:145:18, 85:10

R’faeinu Adonai v’neirafeh, hoshi-einu v’nivasheah. El karov, l’chol korav, ach karov, li-reav, yishoh.
Heal us Adonai, and we shall be healed. Save us and we shall be saved. God is close to all who call out to God. Surely, help is near to all who call out to God.

“We pray for healing of the body. We pray for healing of the soul. For strength of flesh and mind and spirit. We pray to once again be whole.”

El na, r’fa na lah, r’fuat hanefesh, u’r’fuat ha-guf, r’fua sh’leimah. 
Oh God, please heal us now; healing of the soul and healing of the body, a complete healing.


At our own Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, CA Cantor Lori Frank and choir performing Heal Us Now at the Rosh Hashanah Contemporary Service

For more healing go to Broken-Hearted (Harofei – Psalm 147)