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Reference: Physician’s Oath of Moses Maimonedes

The Jewish Physician’s Prayer of Moses Maimonides asks God to grant strength of spirit, energy, and love to undertake the healing of God’s creation with love. It asks for help against the fate of avarice blinding one’s eyes to suffering of the rich, poor, friend, foe, good, and evil, but rather to see the human being. Some of the most beautiful words yet pledged: “My love for the learning of medicine should only strengthen my spirit, only the truth shall be the lamp unto my feet, for any weakness in my work might bring about death and ill unto Your creation. I pray to you, compassionate and gracious God, strengthen and focus my body and my soul and plant within me a spirit that is whole.”  Here is the text of that prayer:

“God above, before I begin my holy work, healing Your creation, I lay my plea before You, that You will grant me the strength of spirit and the vast energy [alt: inspire me with love for my Art and for Thy creatures] to do my work with faith. Do not allow thirst for profit, ambition for admiration or the world’s renown to blind my eyes from seeing one who is suffering, one who comes for my [professional] advice, as a human being, [whether] rich or poor, friend or foe, the good and the evil person, in his sorrowful moment reveal to me only the human being in him. My love for the learning of medicine should only strengthen my spirit, only the truth shall be the lamp unto my feet, for any weakness in my work might bring about death and ill unto Your creation. I pray to you, compasionate and gracious God, strengthen and focus my body and my soul and plant within me a spirit that is whole.”