A prayer for teeth

27 Kislev 5777 Hanoch Ne’eman, Jerusalem

In the kiddush levana prayers, over the new moon, there is a request in some siddurim for no toothaches or cavities!? I guess because the moon is white and sort of looks like a big tooth, and you know how the kabbalah is sensitive to subtle associations.

But truthfully, and toothfully, teeth are worth praying over. How I wish I still had a full set of non-filled or chipped teeth. It’s all about dental hygiene.  And yes, you can brush your teeth on shabbat, and floss too, if you cut the floss before shabbat. I recommend this; letting one’s teeth go bad is not my idea of religion.

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