Hebrew Prayer for Relief from the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Below is a shortened version of a prayer by Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, along with a transliteration (the Hebrew written with English letters) and translation.

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Hebrew Text:

אָנָּא אֵל רַחוּם וְחַנּוּן, תְּהֵא הַשָּׁעָה הַזֹּאת שְׁעַת רַחֲמִים וְעֵת רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ. תָּחוֹן וְתַחְמוֹל וּתְרַחֵם עָלֵינוּ, אֲנָשִׁים נָשִׁים וָטָף, וְתַצִּילֵנוּ מִכָּל פֶּגַע רָע, וּבִפְרָט מִנָגִיף הַקוֹרוֹנָה הַמִּתְפַּשֵּׁט בְּכָל רַחֲבֵי הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר רַבִּים חֲלָלִים הִפִּיל, וּרְבָבוֹת וַאֲלָפִים נֶחְלוּ וְנִדְבְּקוּ בוֹ.

הוֹשִׁיעֵנוּ וְרַחֲמֵנוּ וְהַצִּילֵנוּ. כִּי כֵן דַּרְכְּךָ לַעֲשֹוֹת חֶסֶד חִנָּם בְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר.

רִבּוֹן כָּל הָעוֹלָמִים, הַעֲלֶה אֲרוּכָה וּמַרְפֵּא לְכָל תַּחֲלוּאֵינוּ, וּלְכָל מַכְאוֹבֵינוּ וּלְכָל מַכּוֹתֵינוּ. וּשְׁלַח מָזוֹר לְמַחֲלָה זוֹ. וְהַצֵּל אֶת הָעוֹלָם כֻּלּוֹ מִכָּל דֶּבֶר וּמַּגֵּפָה וּבִפְרָט מִנָגִיף הַקוֹרוֹנָה.

וְקַבֵּל בְּרַחֲמִים וּבְרָצוֹן אֶת תְּפִלָּתֵנוּ.

אָמֵן.

Transliteration:

AH-nah EHL rah-KHOOM və-khah-NOON, tə-HEH hah-shah-AH hah-ZOHT shə-AHT rah-khah-MEEM və-EHT rah-TSOHN mee-lə-fah-NEH-khah. tah-KHOHN və-tahkh-MOHL oot-rah-KHEHM ah-LEHY-noo, ah-nah-SHEEM, nah-SHEEM vah-TAHF, və-tah-tsee-LEH-noo mee-KOHL PEH-gah RAH oo-veef-RAHT mee-nah-GEEF hah-koh-ROH-nah ha-meet-pah-SHEHT bə-KHOHL rahkh-VEHY hah-oh-LAHM ah-SHEHR rah-BEEM khah-lah-LEEM hee-PEEL, oor-vah-VOHT vah-ah-lah-FEEM NEKH-loo və-need-bə-KOO VOH.

hoh-shee-EH-noo və-rah-khah-MEH-noo və-hah-tsee-LEH-noo. KEE KHEHN dahr-kə-KHAH lah-ah-SOHT KHEH-sehd khee-NAHM bə-KHOHL DOHR vah-DOHR.

ree-BOHN KOHL hah-oh-lah-MEEM, hah-ah-LEH ah-roo-KHAH oo-mahr-PEH lə-KHOHL tah-khah-loo-EHY-noo, ool-KHOHL mahkh-oh-VEHY-noo ool-KHOHL mah-koh-TEHY-noo. oosh-LAHKH mah-ZOHR lə-mah-khah-LAH ZOH. və-hah-TSEHL EHT hah-oh-LAHM koo-LOH mee-KOHL DEH-vehr oo-mah-geh-FAH oo-veef-RAHT mee-nah-GEEF hah-koh-ROH-nah.

və-kah-BEHL bə-rah-khah-MEEM oov-rah-TSOHN EHT tə-fee-lah-TEH-noo. ah-MEHN.

English Translation:

(The translation is smoothed somewhat to sound better in English.)

Please, our merciful and gracious God, let this be a time of mercy and good will before you. Show grace, compassion and mercy to all of us: men, women, and children. Save us from bad affliction, and in particular from the coronavirus which is spreading throughout the world, and which has felled many, and many tens of thousands have become ill and infected with it.

Save us, have mercy on us, and rescue us, because it is your way to do gratuitous kindness in every single generation.

Master of the universe, bring recovery and healing for all our diseases, sufferings and injuries, and send a cure for this disease. Rescue the entire world from every pestilence and plague, and in particular from the coronavirus.

And receive our prayer with mercy and good will.

Amen.

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