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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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January 20, 2017
Please pray for Francesca who suffered brain injury few months ago and her children who live in a compromise environment.
January 19, 2017
pray for me to receive spiritual and body healing
January 18, 2017
Mary Edwards
If you are diagnosed with Reumatoid Arthritis please read Autoimmune Solution which is written by a doctor who cured herself and wrote the book to cure others. It is based on diet.
Also Dr. Franco at the the Arthritis Center of Riverside CA cures Autoimmune illnesses with Antibiotics. His website is very informitive.
I know it can be cured. I did cure myself with diet. But each person is sensitive to different foods. The Autoimmune Solution is going to explain why.
Start taking medications from your rheumatologist so you can function and begin you investigations about regaining your health.
Your body will heal. Trust Hashem to bring you what you need.
New York, NY
January 18, 2017
Please pray for healing and recovery for my father Dov Bear Ben Shlomo who is in the hospital suffering from kidney failure and 2 blocked heart arteries.
A Raff
New York
January 15, 2017
I was stricken with arthritis. Doctors, medicine, alternative treatments all have failed. I am in constant and terrible pain. I do not believe it is Ha Shem's will for those who love Him to suffer in this way. Please pray that I am restored to complete health and speedily. My health has declined very fast. My hope is in the healing powers of The Most High. Please remember me in your prayers.
Mary Edwards
Huntsville, Texas
January 14, 2017
Please say prayers for my cousin Feiga bas Perille and help her bronchitis discipate. Omayn
January 11, 2017
Please pray
My little puppy Bronte is sick with cancer and is having trouble breathing. Please pray Hashem helps her breath on her own
Thank you all!
Steven Mizrachi
New York
January 10, 2017
Please pray that Hashem fully restore and return healthy function of my kidneys and rejuvenate all my body. Please Hashem cure Or bat Anna completely! I love you and I need your help. Amen
January 10, 2017
Prayer request
Please pray for my wife Deborah she has been suffering with painful leg ulcers for years now i pray Hashem can make her whole again.
Cape Town South Africa
January 10, 2017
Please pray for my 21 years old son Joshua, help heal and overcome his mental problems, give him courage and peace, and guide him how to get on a right track in life.
New jersey
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