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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

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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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September 25, 2016
Please Pray for our 8 year old Grandson ,he has stage 4 Glioblastoma ,on chemo for almost 1/12 years weakly . He is very weak ,Hashem has giving him amazing mental strength and If anyone can overcome this , he can. Please keep praying for a good MRI Report . May Hashem give him complete healing. We pray.
His name is James,
Erika, canada
Erika kish
B.C. Can.
September 25, 2016
please pray the healing of my kidney. I believe God is the grest miracle worker
Christine Joseph
Brooklyn
September 21, 2016
please pray for my brother mesfen alemayehu to get healthy from canser my name is yohana meskel from ethiopia
Please pray for my brother mesfen alemayehu to get healthy from the cancer my name is yohana meskel from ethiopia thank you all
Anonymous
canada
September 19, 2016
My brother-in-law Jeff
Please pray for Jeff as he prepares and goes through surgery tomorrow at Duke University. It could be an extremely extensive surgery or not much of one at all depending on what they find when they go in. Thank you!
Dee
Virginia Beach
September 15, 2016
Pray for my son Brian.
That the Lord would touch and heal his stomach .
Anne
Nairobi, Kenya.
September 14, 2016
Please pray for my sister Ileana bat Sara. She is undergoing surgery today. I really appreciate your prayers.
Anonymous
September 12, 2016
Please pray for Jules Patricof. He is on a ventilator at Cornell hospital.
Hannah
New York
September 11, 2016
Please pray for me. My name is Esther bat Rivka. I am not well.

Thank you
Anonymous
Palm Harbor
September 11, 2016
Please all pray for my wife
I need anyone and everyone to pray for my wife to have a swift and speedy recovery, she is an amazing and giving person who is fighting an infection as we speak. Please pray for her doctors to find the cause and a treatment, and please pray that she makes a full healthy recovery. She is my everything and I need your help.
Amen and G-d bless.
Miro.
Miro
Australia
September 8, 2016
Please pray for a friend:
"I never do this but today i wanted to ask for your prayers.
My dad has stage 4 bladder cancer. It started in his bladder and has moved to his lymph nodes. He has already lost 50lbs these last few months and is really not doing well. He starts chemotherapy today and has already been struggling to keep his food down.
I am a man of faith and I believe in the power of prayer. Please pray for my dad and our family as we push through this battle.
Anonymous
Texas
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