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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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February 25, 2015
a good man
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February 24, 2015
Please pray for my Tita
Please pray for my Tita. She became suddenly ill last week with symptoms of cancer. She is so loving, and also so loved by so many people. I hope that I can learn to be as loving as her and so I pray that she can stay with us on this earth for a few years longer so that I can learn from her and also love her. My mother needs her sister, and I need my aunt for a while longer. I have been living for many years with a veil over my eyes that kept me from seeing the love and joy that was around me, especially from her. Please G-d help her to recover and stay with us a while longer. Thank you all for your prayers.
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February 24, 2015
Please my name is George pray for me for financial breakthrough. I have suffered several years in terms of finances. Debts showered on me like goose pimples. Also I have disappointment challenges, my inlaws who are said to be witches and wizards threatened to eliminate me for not divorcing my wife whom I wedded for them
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February 24, 2015
A good woman
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February 24, 2015
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February 21, 2015
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Rachel Smith
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February 21, 2015
I am asking everyone to join with me in asking Hashem for his healing mercies to cause me to speak well again. I am an elementary school teacher and have been very hoarse for months now. May Hashem' s name be praised as I await His blessing.
February 21, 2015
Brother In Law, Brain Tumor
Please add my Brother In Law, Jeff to your thoughts and prayers. Dear G-d, I ask a favor of you for my Jeff, my sister and their kids: Please let him out of the ICU, so he can spend some time with us. We want to tell him how much we love him. Thank you.
Chaim Hirsch
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February 3, 2015
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I pray that you can get this 9 yr old boy into a Trial.
May your prayers be heard and answered.
May you be Shaleach to bring hope to all the children wit this disease.
Sharon Benjelloun
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