Praying to Die

Journal of Religious Ethics 43 (1):1-27 (2015)

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Prayer has long been a staple in the proverbial Jewish medical toolbox. While the vast majority of relevant prayers seek renewed health and prolonged life, what might prayers for someone to die look like? What ethical dimensions are involved in such liturgical expressions? By examining both prayers for oneself to die and prayers for someone else to die, this essay discerns reasons why it may be good and even necessary to pray for a patient's demise
Keywords death  Judah Ha‐Nasi  Judaism  dying  prayer  liturgy
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DOI 10.1111/jore.12084
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