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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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July 29, 2015
For person who doesn't sleep
If you see this comment Please stop fasting every day It will make you unwell mentally beginning with no sleep. May G-D spread his wings over you and keep you Amen!
Anonymous
July 26, 2015
Please pray for Simcha bat Khana a daughter, a sister, a mother and a grandmother to five grandchildren. She was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and got accepted to hospital. She is in a critical condition and need all your prayers.
Olga
New York
July 26, 2015
Pray for my adopted daughter who suffers with depression and drug abuse.
Anonymous
great neck
July 19, 2015
Please pray for SHMUEL BEN BASYA
Gavriel Kadish
Pikesville
July 19, 2015
Please pray for sister who is of ill mind. She is suffering from addiction, as well as her husband.
Anonymous
July 15, 2015
Please someone pray for my older brother who is in a coma and that he will wake up.
Anonymous
July 11, 2015
Please pray for my daughter yehudit bat rivkah and Gershon for her complete healing of her jaw issues .
Anonymous
Canada
July 11, 2015
Please pray for my Dad Leib Chaim Ben Yonna for a full recovery and that all results are good and there is no sign of cancer
Anonymous
South Africa
July 7, 2015
Prayer for my finances
Blessed art thou are Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, who would please help me with my finances, to help support my family., so we can make Aliyah some day. I pray for all who are going through hardships, may Hashem help all of you.
Anonymous
USA
July 2, 2015
pleas daven for
please add the following to the tehillim list for a refuah shlaima;

bashi baila bat mortiah mindel chana
masha bat basia perl
itka bat chana
moriah mindel chana bat miriam
Anonymous
toronto
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