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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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Shoshana Goldenberg Chomedey laval October 17, 2017

Please please pray for Jesse ben Alissa he has been missing since September 23 he is 22 years old lives in montreal mother went to Peru to look for her missing son please pray the Hashem protects him and the angles guide the mother to find her son alive and well Reply

Donna Sharmina Wallace Nigeria October 11, 2017

Yesterday I had a mini-stroke and internal bleeding, I wish to be blessed with speedy recovery, I also pray that my daughter Lia Obiyan excell in school and supreme coverage over her life and mine. Reply

Anonymous October 11, 2017

May he who watches over Israel deliver my friend Alex from a pulmonary embolism. I pray to Hashem to watch over the surgery and provide comfort and peace to friends and family. Reply

Anonymous September 29, 2017

I am asking for, my dear friend, Joseph to wake up from his stroke. Also, give his wife Tammie and sisters, Ruthie and Marsha strength to travel this road with him. Please pray for them all on this Yom Kippur eve.
He needs a miracle. Love and thanks to all. Reply

KS Backman San Diego September 28, 2017

Please say tehillim for healing and release of negativity around Sara Rivka bas Shterna Chana.. Reply

Anonymous Arizona September 25, 2017

Pray for Herscel Da vid Rosen, who is having a heart procedure. Pray that the negative energy leave his life. He is a great blessing to our Synagogue. Reply

Sherry Gerszberg September 8, 2017

Please daven for a health miracle for Chaya Shaina Chana Bas Itcha!!

B"H

Please intervene for me and save my life please! Dear God !Please Dear God save me and send me a complete healing of my entire body. Please send me the miracle of health that I've been praying for for over 30 years. Non stop suffering burning on fire in my cranial nerves supplying my entire mouth throat and neck into my digestive system, breathing ...causing paralysis. Please save me please.

Only you HaShem can help me and I'm begging you to please intervene for me. I cannot keep suffering like this and keep begging. I beg not to be forsaken. Please send Moshiach Now for all life on earth bringing health and peace to all life on earth please!! Save me , help me, intervene for me , don't forsake me and my family and pets who need me and I need them please!!! I beg of you with tears!!
I love life so much! I love you HaShem so much! I beg for a second chance at life please!! I have so much to Reply

Adrienne hyser September 12, 2017
in response to Sherry Gerszberg:

I know what it feels like to beg Hashem. It hadn't worked for me. This is just a suggestion, try putting your trust in him. This is easier said than done. You are not alone many feel the same way. Let's all keep each other in prayer and maybe our situations will change. Tonight I pray that enough of us can come together that he hears our cry, and gives us the peace and healing we need. Reply

Anonymous Phoenix September 14, 2017
in response to Sherry Gerszberg:

BH May you be inscribed in the book of Life for good. Refua Shlema to you today. Reply

Anonymous September 8, 2017

Prayers for healing Please pray for Sean ( Yochanan) for healing from a stroke. Blessings be upon you. Reply

Anonymous September 7, 2017

Please pray for Hashem's healing hands on my wife , Leah bas Sarah who is currently suffering from lung cancer and who never smoked in her entire life. Reply

David September 6, 2017

Please pray for those who suffer from depression. May hashem forgive them and give them strength to overcome and rise up again, give them the strength of the all mighty healing power. Amen ken yehi razon. Adonai hu ha Elohim Adonai yimloch leolam vaed Reply

Anonymous Sacramento CA September 5, 2017

Please help ..pray for little boy Please keep little boy Daniel Taylor in your prayers ..Daniel right now in the hospital having a extremely bad condition..Daniel is 5 years old and just God can help Him ..Please pray for him
.we live in Sacramento California .. Reply

Mic Ny September 4, 2017

Please pray for my husband steven that everything is ok.. Reply

Sherry Gerszberg New Jersey September 4, 2017

Extremely Urgent! I need a miracle from the shomyim to survive!

B"H

Please intervene for me and save my life please! Dear God !
Please Dear God save me and send me a complete healing of my entire body. Please send me the miracle of health that I've been praying for for over 30 years. Non stop suffering burning on fire in my cranial nerves supplying my entire mouth throat and neck into my digestive system, breathing ...causing paralysis. Please save me please!!

Only you HaShem can help me and I'm begging you to please intervene for me. I cannot keep suffering like this and keep begging. I beg not to be forsaken. Please send Moshiach Now for all life on earth bringing health and peace to all life on earth please!! Save me , help me, intervene for me , don't forsake me and my family and pets who need me and I need them please!!! I beg of you with tears!!
I love life so much! I love you HaShem so much! I beg for a second chance at life pleas Reply

Debra September 11, 2017
in response to Sherry Gerszberg:

You will see life again Amin Reply

Anonymous la September 4, 2017

please pray for avraham ben gila shlomo ben touran and nava bat rachel. please . thsnk you so much Reply

Yelly Florida September 3, 2017

Please keep my little brother Samuel Alfredo Zayas in your prayers he's in the hospital having a extremely bad eye infection and doctor need to make sure it didn't spread to the Brain. So he's getting more test done on his brain. May Hashem out his healing hand over him Reply

Alma Florida September 1, 2017

Please pray for Patty Maldonado a teenager that have Leukaemia getting chemo and already starting to loose her hair that can be very difficult for any girl. Thanks! Reply

rochelle grainger south africa September 1, 2017

Add a comment...Please pray for my family and those who are sick thank you Reply

Adrienne hyser August 28, 2017

Please pray for us in Florida. We did not get weather severe as Texas, but some of us, our cars and such are destroyed. It is also hard to get by financially here. We are under a lot of stress. It is hard to get a job here. Every one is struggling to get work or get paid for it. I have been looking for six months. And at my wits end. Pray for direction needed. I often think it's time to think about moving to another place this small town is so desperate, lots of crime and people retiring. It is such a lonely life for the past twelve years. Thanks to chabad web site and prayer. It has been a ray of hope in a time of darkness Reply

Anonymous USA August 30, 2017
in response to Adrienne hyser :

Praying for you friend,trust in G-d,everything will be alright. Reply

Anonymous Philippines August 24, 2017

Please pray for my friend Refael, he is ongoing treatment in his heart since yesterday. Please pray that he will be ok. Im too far from him, to take good care of him. Thank very much. Reply

Andy Sherrill New Haven Indiana August 22, 2017

Please pray for my wife Chaya Leah. She is having tests done on her heart. Reply

Cassandra Malave Gary August 31, 2017
in response to Andy Sherrill:

Standing in prayer for you and your wife Chaya Leah. May G-d be with you as you continue serving Him. Reply

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