I hate the Mi Shebeirach. I don’t like the fact that in most Reform outfits we don’t just say it. We use a really bad to tune to say it half in English and half in Hebrew. If our leaders are wondering why no men come to services anymore, I’ve got their answer: It’s because of tunes like those that we use for Mi Shebeirach. That’s not really my point though.
My point is that it ought not be said on Shabat. There I said it.
We have, six days a week, a nineteen-part Amidah. On Shabat, it gets radically reduced to seven blessings, none of which ask God for anything that would require God to work to fulfill. One of the blessings we remove is the prayer for healing. And yet, we’ve somehow decided it’s okay for another prayer for healing, which asks the same work of God, to appear elsewhere in the service on Shabat. I don’t get it.
(BDS—the following is not meant as a criticism at all. It is merely an observation). Something entirely strange happened in shul on Friday night. Not only did we do a Mi Shebeirach, which I expect, we did it during the Amidah! Maybe we’ve always done it there and I just never put it together before, but there is was.
So we removed healing from the Shabat Amidah. Then we put a different healing prayer elsewhere in the Shabat service. Then we put it back in the Amidah. Full circle. WTF, Mi Shebeirach?