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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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June 25, 2016
Please pray for my mother Julie Walker. She has life threatening epilepsy. We do not yet know the cause. Please please pray that she is healthy from the top of her to the tips of her toes.
Leslie Lynn Walker
June 21, 2016
Healing prayers
My name is shawn p green like for a rabbi to pray for my family and pray for a supernatural breakthrough for prosperity and health
Shawn p green
Brooklyn NY
June 14, 2016
Please Pray For Healing
Please Pray for Abigail Kopf, she had a terrible setback.G-d of Israel please heal this innocent child
June 2, 2016
Please pray for Arnon Ben Gavre'el.
Staten Island
May 28, 2016
Please pray for zahava bat tsipora she has terminal cancer and the hospital sent her home for haspas this is breaking our family please pray she loves us so much and is not ready to leave us
Asi mimon
May 26, 2016
Thanks for your help I believe and I receive hillins for my family physical and economic.
May 12, 2016
Please pray for my husband Alexandre.his soul is lost and without divine light.
May G-d be with us .
Ika viegas
May 11, 2016
Por favor, oren por mi madrina que está en quimioterapia por varios linfomas. Tiene marido con salud delicada también y dos hijos menores a su cargo que los necesitan.
Muchas gracias por su apoyo
Canet de mar, Barcelona
May 6, 2016
Please help me pray for Orna bat Liba (Leeba)
Please help me pray for my 21 year-old daughter in Israel. She is homeless and her father beats her and throws her out. She has a disorder. Her father convinced her to stop meds, to stop seeing any doctors. He also convinced her that I am a bad mother, he hasbeen telling her this almost all of her life. She became very revengeful and violent towards me, so I had to leave home. She has been homeless for two months.
Rehovot Israel
May 2, 2016
please pray for my daughter
Please pray for my daughter who is feeling ill, for her speedy recovery. she is away from home thousands of miles. Adina Ariella bat Gilah. May HASHEM watch over her and give her strength.
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