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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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Martha Texas May 20, 2017

Please pray for my 13 year old niece as she undergoes bone transplant in Ft Worth next Thursday. Thank you. Reply

Anonymous Paris May 18, 2017

May I receive justice for all thr betrahial I suffered... Reply

Denise Canada May 18, 2017

Pray for my husband gershon bat Rachel for him to cure his skin cancer . Thank you Reply

Anonymous NY May 16, 2017

May Hashem give my family peace of mind and an answer to our financial issues. God is supreme so please help my husband find one job that is full time with medical benefits. He is exhausted working 3 jobs and still not having anything left. This hardship can be lessened with some mazel and plenty of prayers. I always believed in helping others in need, now it is me asking for help. Reply

SarainNY New York City May 19, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Steve Eisenberg in NY posts jobs daily on his facebook page. Good luck. Give charity or do good deeds. Do not wait to be asked. During Rosh Hashona and Yom kippor give to every person you see who needs help. No money? give blessing. My work was cut in half and my income doubled when i did this. Hashem will put in your path those who need help. When your Tikkum is finished they will no longer appear and you will know that your parnessa is from Hashem. Be blessed. Reply

Anna LAFAIVE LaFaive Harrison Twp. May 16, 2017

Please everyone pray for peace and the rest will follow. There can be no real healing in any sense for any of us without peace, for all. Reply

Ellen Farber Israel May 13, 2017

Please pray for my husband Jack as he is undergoing treatment for throat cancer. Radiation and chemo at Tel Hashomer. ..very radical and very painful. Please pray for healing from above... Reply

ana yakutsk May 16, 2017
in response to Ellen Farber :

Please pray for my girlfriend, she is going through an intensive treatment and we are both scared and we're going to have a life together...! Reply

Erika kish Or Can. May 8, 2017

In Gratitude to Hashem Please pray for Laurie she has a rare autoimmune disease transverse Myelitis that attacks the spinal cord she could be partial or complete paralyzed. She is on very high does of Steroids . Laurie is a very special person in gratitude inspired Over 300woman to say a tehillim a day that is sends to our imailbox , we are so greatful and thank Hashem for all he does for us , it is very special pray time and reflection we are so greatful . We need to pray that Hashem will heal Laurie completely , her request is to say tehillim 121 . Her name is Lora Ester TEHILLA. We pray in deep gratitude that Hashem will heal her completely . Thank you for your prayers
Erika Kish Reply

John May 1, 2017

Brothers and Sisters, please pray for my sister Joann who is in hospital at this moment, pray for healing and restoration of her body. May YHWH bless you all, and all your prayers be answered. Reply

Anonymous Thornhill, Ontario April 30, 2017

What number in Tehillim relates to an ill baby who B"H. turns 1, in Sivan? Reply

David Cubero Burbank Ca. May 8, 2017
in response to Staff:

I just wanted to join The Chabad Staff with a Blessing for your baby to have a quick and speedy recovery! Hash-m is Our Healing G-d!!!
I had a Sick Child, but He's grown now and is an L.A. Firefighter, a Wife and Four Children. Truly Our G-d HEALS! Reply Staff May 8, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Until the baby's birthday you'd say Alef, after his/her birthday, Bet. May the baby have a complete and speedy recovery. Reply

Anonymous USA April 17, 2017

Need Prayer Please Please pray for me,my children my finances,and my health problems,that continue to mount.May G-d answer all of your prayers,and Bless you with good health,and spirit. Reply

Anonymous New York City April 14, 2017

Please pray for Raoul alcoholism &cigarettes addictions. Thank you. Reply

Anonymous Mumbai (india) April 13, 2017

Add a comment...Please Pray for my Mother so that Our father in heaven ..the most high Heals her ...she is suffering from lot of ailment .. heart blockage , Brain blockage , stomach ulcer , High blood pressure , bone arthiritis pain , asthamatic on chest and gland pain on her breast.. My mother name is Esther ...
thanks Reply

clifford wolfe Ciudad Juarez, chih.,mex. April 10, 2017

Please pray for the children and women caught in the hell of syrian war; May Adoshem strenghthen the IAF to send in missles and bomb the butchers of the goy syrian army and its filthy leader Bashar Assad; May the Lion of Judah tear apart all those that seek to kill children and women Reply

Wanda April 10, 2017

Prayers for my daughter/son in law and grandchildren's safety and wellbeing Please pray for my daughter & son in law and my 6 grandchildren. My son in law got a job overseas but was laid off, they have very little money and I am unable to help them much at this time. They are tired but remain as positive and happy as possible under the circumstances. I kindly ask for prayers for their safety/wellbeing and for wisdom in the direction they should choose. Thankyou kindly, may Hashem bless all with a wonderful Passover Reply

Anonymous Florida USA April 9, 2017

Pls pray for my dad his name is Ricky he has Azlheimers. I have been taking care of him for 6 yrs now. Prior to him I took care of my mother. I feel very worn out. He is so confused. Reply

Ignatius Sealy April 2, 2017

Please pray for me my name is Zarius . I'm suffering from a accident with fractured pelvis Reply