Rabbi Michele Brand Medwin, M.A.H.L., O.D., D.Min.
A PRAYER FOR A LOVED ONE
Eternal God, we ask for mercy and compassion for those who are burdened with chronic illness. Give them the strength and courage to face the daily challenges in their lives. Compassionate One, give them and their loved ones hope for the future and at the same time, acceptance of the present. Help them to find a path towards spiritual wholeness. Be by their side. Help them to know that You are with them at all times, even in times of doubt. Source of Healing, comfort them and bring healing to their souls. Amen
Rabbi Medwin's article, Glimpses Into the Afterlife, was published in Reform Judaism Magazine, Fall 2014. It is a comparison of Rabbinic and Kabbalistic understandings of Olam HaBa, with descriptions of modern Near Death Experiences.
Rabbi Medwin also wrote a healing prayer for people suffering from chronic illness. (See below.) This prayer, as well as other readings can be found in, Mishkan R'fuah: Where Healing Resides. New York, CCAR Press, 2013.
MI SHEBERACH FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS
A PRAYER FOR ONESELF
Eternal God, I ask for mercy and compassion for myself, burdened with chronic illness. Compassionate One, give me the strength and courage to face the daily challenges in my life. Give me and my loved ones hope for the future and at the same time, acceptance of the present. Help me to find a path towards spiritual wholeness. Be by my side. Help me to know that You are with me at all times, even in times of doubt. Source of Healing, comfort me and bring healing to my soul. Amen
Rabbi Medwin is a contributing writer to the book, Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alheimer's Disease through Diagnosis, Adaptation, and Moving On, edited by Douglas J. Kohn. New York: URJ Press/Behrman House, 2012. The chapter she wrote is entitled: Alheimer's and the Soul: A New Perspective.
Back Row: Michael and Rachel Witriol, Teddy, Gavi, Lydia and Dan Medwin
Lap Row: Julian, Jasmine, and Zimra
Floor: Michele and Steve Medwin with Millie Brown and Moose Tracks
Rabbi Michele Brand Medwin graduated from Cornell University in 1976 with a B.S. and Honors in Human Nutrition. She then went to Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she graduated in 1980 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. Michele was in private practice as an Optometrist for thirteen years when she was inspired by a women rabbi in her congregation to pursue her dream of becoming a rabbi. In 1993 she sold her practice, took her family with her to Israel where she completed her first year of rabbinical school.
Michele was ordained in 1997 at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. She received a D.Min. degree in Interfaith Clinical and Pastoral Counseling from HUC-JIR in 2016. Her thesis, Alzheimer's Families: Emotional and Spiritual Tools for Coping, is the basis of her new book. She is currently the rabbi at Temple Sholom in Monticello, New York.
On a personal note, Michele met her husband Steve when they were students at Cornell University. They were married right after graduation in 1976. Michele is the proud mother of Dan and Rachel, mother-in-law of Lydia and Michael and Savta to her grandchildren: Zimra, Gavi, Teddy, Jasmine, and Julian. Her devoted cockapoo dogs, Moose Tracks and Molly Brown, keep her company while she works.