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For time immemorial, whenever Jews found themselves in difficult situations, whether individually or communally, they would open up the Book of Psalms and use King David’s ageless poetic praises and supplications to beseech G-d for mercy...

Psalms and Jewish Prayer for Healing

Psalms and Jewish Prayer for Healing

Selected Psalms traditionally recited on behalf of the sick

Suggested Psalms to recite for the ill:

For time immemorial, whenever Jews found themselves in difficult situations, whether individually or communally, they would open up the Book of Psalms and use King David's ageless poetic praises and supplications to beseech G‑d for mercy.

The Midrash tells us that when King David compiled the Psalms, he had in mind himself, as well as every Jew of every generation and every circumstance. No matter who you are and what the situation, the words of the Psalms speak the words of your heart and are heard On High.

The third Lubavitcher Rebbe once said that if we only knew the power of Psalms and the effects of its recitation, we would recite them constantly. "Know that the chapters of Psalms shatter all barriers, they ascend higher and still higher with no interference; they prostrate themselves in supplication before the Master of all worlds, and they effect and accomplish with kindness and compassion."

When praying for an individual who is ill, it is customary to recite the following thirty-six chapters of Psalms: 20, 6, 9, 13, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 39, 41, 49, 55, 56, 69, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 102, 103, 104, 107, 116, 118, 142, 143, and 148.

After this, recite the stanzas from Psalm 119 that correspond to the letters of the ill individual's Jewish name(s). (Psalm 119 is an acrostic containing twenty-two stanzas, each stanza consisting of eight verses that begin with the same letter from the Hebrew alphabet. The first eight verses all start with the letter aleph, the next eight begin with bet, the next eight with gimel, etc.) E.g., if the person's name is Moshe (משה), recite the stanzas that begin with mem, shin, and hey. If the person's name is Rachel (רחל), recite the stanzas that begin with resh, chet and lamed.

Then recite the six stanzas that correspond to the words קרע שטן ("destroy the Prosecutor"): kuf, resh, ayin, shin, tet, and nun.

Below you will find these Psalms, in both Hebrew and English. And may G‑d hear our prayers and grant a speedy and complete recovery to all those who are ill.

We also suggest that you send a blessing request to be placed at the "Ohel," the Rebbe's resting place. Click here for more information on the Ohel, and here to email your blessing request.

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August 24, 2016
Please pray for Roman Francis Zofrin who is in an nonresponsive coma and soon I need to see some kind of life I will terminate life support. Please bless him to either have anykind of recovery or an easy death. I pray for this.
Elina Awadalla
August 24, 2016
Prayer needed
Will you please pray for my father Vladimir Bliznak who has been today diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is in a very serious condition.
Vladimir, son
Czech Republic
August 22, 2016
Please pray for my daughter. Her Hebrew name is אליאוֹרה. She suffers daily, severe pain from Fibromyalgia. She is also losing her vision rapidly. Originally it was thought she has Lyme disease that is causing the loss of vision. Now, it is unknown since treatment for Lyme hasn't worked.
Beth Davis
Plano, Tx
August 18, 2016
Please pray for Joel Mero
August 16, 2016
pls pray for my little brother. he received an extreme jail sentence for associating with a neighborhood criminal. he was 17 and my dad was deployed. the cops charged him with accessory because he didnt know which state the accused fled to. the public defender did not prepare a defense and my brother received a life sentence. he has been there for 23 years and missed both funerals of our parents. pls shed light on his case and send powerful help to reduce his sentence to time served and allow him to have a peaceful adult life while he is still young at heart. Amen
August 15, 2016
Please pray for me my name is Noel
Noel Joe
August 15, 2016
Please pray for me. I miscarried in April. I got pregnant again in June/July but no symptoms and at last check up (5 weeks) we did not see fetal pole. Pray for life for this baby. And for my faith to increase
August 14, 2016
Healing prayers
Please pray for me, and heal my lungs and lymph glands. Please G-d, hear my prayer.
Make me healthy once again. I will not give in I am a strong woman and I will not give up.
August 5, 2016
plz pray for Liliana Moreno
Miss Ztaoui
August 4, 2016
Please recite the blessing for our brother Nessim Bonavida for a successful surgery today and speedy recovery..
His sister
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