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Only Today: Reflections on Psalm 59, the fifth Psalm of the Tikkun HaClali

Wellness and illness are not fixed states; they are snapshots of a moment, points in time. Nobody can truly say, “I am well”; we can only accurately say “I am well now.”

Spiritually traditional Jews will often preface statements about the future with the phrase, “בעזרת השם/b’ezrat haShem,” or “with the help of the Holy One,” as in “b’ezrat HaShem, I’ll get married next week,” or even, “b’ezrat Hashem, I’ll go to school tomorrow.” In other words, I know what I have planned for tomorrow or next month, but who can really say what will happen?