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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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Anonymous USA August 4, 2017

Please Pray for Me Friends Please Pray for me, I met a very Frum Woman that I love,and want her as my Wife.May G-d Bless our Union,and answer my Prayers.
I ask that Hashem answer all of your Prayers and give you peace,health and prosperity.G-d Bless all. Reply

Meyer July 29, 2017

Please pray for me. In a state of mental illness and disharmony I destroyed my health, my wealth, my marriage, and hurt many people and myself. I have ask for forgiveness and many have rejected my request. I have asked again and been rejected. Immense guilt, financial, and spiritual pressures are blocking my recovery. Please pray for me, in the way you know best. I am ready to work hard and amend that which I broken, if only gives me health of body and mind. Pray for me. Reply

Adrienne florida August 3, 2017
in response to Meyer:

Admitting this is half your battles some people take those problems to the grave at least you have some courage now turn that into love it will be hardest to accept forgiveness Reply

Shoshana Goldenberg Chomedey laval August 6, 2017
in response to Meyer:

Dear Mayer

Everyone at one point in their lives made terrible mistakes No person is perfect!! The important thing is you learn from them and ask for forgiveness if your family and friends don't want to forgive you they are not humble people.Gd forgives Gd is humble so who are we not to forgive don't be hard on yourself Hashem knows you and he will give you strength to move on Reply

Eliyaho Rahimi Potomac August 7, 2017
in response to Meyer:

You are in my prayers Reply

Anonymous India July 16, 2017

My mother Usha is going to go thru a heart valve replacement tomorrow I lost my father in 2014 who was my best friend in everything of my life and my mom is my dearest who has gone thru so much after my father . Pls pray for her good health and for good recovery here in india love to all Reply

Sherry Gerszberg Kendall Park July 15, 2017


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 give and will!! Please save me!!

Chaya Shaina Chana Bas Itcha Reply

Anonymous July 15, 2017

My brother is ill and in icu pls pray for him I have already lost my parents and need my siblings for comfort. My brother said kiddash for my parents and hope in his merit he will recover. Reply

Anonymous Chomedey laval July 12, 2017

Please pray for my son adam ben shoshana he is facing jail time his court date is on the 24 July please pray that the judge has mercy on his sentencing he needs prayers as he also struggles with his drug addiction Reply

Susan Texas July 11, 2017

Please daven fo my son David Ben Yemina Shoahana. He is about to turn 18. He has is boarder line diabetic. He has struggled with addiction (marijuana). He will be a senior in high school and has no clue what to do with his life. I do Tehillim for him. It's just hard. He is a wonderful person with a huge heart. Everyone loves him. He looks beautiful on the outside but is really struggling on the inside. Also, I know all Tehillim are good and the one suggested for the sick are excellent. However, are there any in particular for a person who is approaching death? I have a dear relative going into Hospice today. He has been battling cancer for almost 4 years. He is very close to the end and very afraid. I keep davening for him but I just to make sure I am missing something. Reply

Michele July 27, 2017
in response to Susan:

Sit in a quiet place and closeyour eyes and ask Hashem to start working through the person who is struggling and ask Him to giveyou the strength to cope and signs to know He is there listening. This will help you to keep going whileyou see Him working thrust the people who are hurting Alsomake sureyou givethanks for the works being done thrust these people. Especially. On Shabbat. Will pray for you as well Reply

Adrienne August 3, 2017
in response to Susan:

Psalm 23 Reply

Anonymous New Jersey July 11, 2017

Please pray for my husband avraham ben menachem to find work. He has been unemployed for 2 years and our family is struggling. My daughter suffered abuse from an abusive boyfriend and is unable to move forward. There have been many health issues in our family and it has been one surgery after another. We could really use some prayers. Thank you and hope Hashem heals all... Reply

Anonymous July 26, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

May you find peace in Hashem and always start by thanking Him for his help in all your hardships. He is always there for you even though it may not feel like it. You will see a big change if you do this a lot Reply

Anonymous Queens, NY July 9, 2017

Please pray for my son,Eliezer to heal from his OCD, and to find the job he needs. Also, my son Asher is also looking for his first job. Please pray for me, Reshe Grade bar Chats Sara. I have trouble with my knees and back. I have severe ain, can't walk without a walker. I am too young to retire, and need parmesan for family. I ask for good health, so I can keep supporting myself and chidren. May Hashem bless you all for your prayers. I will give it forward. Reply

Anonymous July 5, 2017

Please pray for my husband Alexander, son of Ekaterina and Valentin. He has pancreatic cancer. Please pray for him to survive and get better. Reply

Anonymous ottawa on July 8, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Dear; Alexander! You Are In My Prayers. Reply

Mary Jo Ohio July 4, 2017

I am fighting blood clots and a newly diagnosed heart condition. I am older, and alone, and I'm pretty anxious. Prayers would be appreciated. Thanks. Reply

Anonymous manhattan July 5, 2017
in response to Mary Jo:

Mary Jo, I love you and am praying for you and be positive and happy. I admire your bravery for reaching out and sharing this with me. It inspires me, to continue on and reminds me, I am never alone, and if I need something, to be brave, like you, and share with people, who are good, and here for one another, should we invite and or call.

Be well and keep your head, about you.

Blessings to you. May HaShem, heal and make happy your heart and mind on this day and in this night.

Sending you now, peace, and love, and joy.

Lamese, Annahbelle Bakhsh Reply

Anonymous Norfolk, VA August 8, 2017
in response to Mary Jo:

Mary Jo keep fighting those blood clots. Follow your doctors advise but there is also exercise and your diet which only you can control. Start small but start because it will keep your heart healthy. You say you are alone and I believe our hearts respond to how we feel. If feel unwanted or unloved we are telling our heart is has no reason to beat. I too am alone and not getting younger in age but I want to stay young at heart and want you to too. Lots of love to you and may You see the ways Hashem is helping you through each health issue. May you have a full recovery. Reply

Steven Day Columbia July 2, 2017

Please pray for me to clear my mind. I am working 2 jobs and trying to get a business started. I am frustrated at one job due to some lashing out in an aggressive manner. I try not to let it bother me because I go out of my way to help customers without seating appraisal. This person does just the opposite. I also ask what needs to be done or pass along messages to this person to be treated poorly. Trying to be tolerant of this b person but he sometimes twist information around to be more in his favor. Most of this is venting, thank you for listening and for t he prayers. Reply

James Houston July 7, 2017
in response to Steven Day:

Read and pray with Tehillim 29 and 34 and remember that G-d is everywhere even in our worst battle he walk alone with us. Develop an strategic way to defeat your enemies without harm them. Reply

Beth Atlanta June 30, 2017

Please, may I ask for your precious prayers for healing in my colon, that I will be Ble to eat again without constant bloating, diarehha, and gas. I also need healing from irregular heartbeat. I have been sick now for a year and so want to be made whole to enjoy life's simple joys with my children ,husband, and grandchildren. Thank you for your compassion to pray for me, I am so grateful. Reply

Belle lamese bakhsh Nyc July 1, 2017
in response to Beth:

Bless you! Love you! You got this, Beth! :x Reply

sarah somersetwest June 29, 2017

please pray for my daughter Bernadette to be healed from diabetes and heavy weight loss. and that she return to Hashem . and pray for my husband to be healed from OCD. and my son Tiaan that he can get a job Reply

Anonymous June 27, 2017

Please pray for my mum Sandra Reply

Kathleen Orlando June 23, 2017

Gilbert Please pray for my friend Gilbert on a ventilator. Thank you. Reply

Shoshana Goldenberg Chomedey laval June 23, 2017

Please pray for my son adam Ben shoshana as he struggles with his drug addiction He overdosed and thank G d he came through he is now in jail facing jail time please pray that he heals from this disease and may the courts have mercy on his sentencing Reply

Rivka June 27, 2017
in response to Shoshana Goldenberg:

Shoshana. I will pray. Been down that path as my own daughter is in recovery. Adam Ben Shoshana. I found spiritual support and strength through Al Anon. Don't hesitate and try it.
So many young people get lost through addiction. I pray your son Adam overcomes and is stronger every day. You need find your own strength and support. Don't limit yourself. Reply

Shoshana Laval June 29, 2017
in response to Rivka:

Rivkah I thank you so much for your prayers having a child with this disease is the hardest situation to go through I pray and pray for his recovery and for every child that is facing this demon Reply

Stephens Kcmo June 23, 2017

Facing federal time pls pray for me I have two young daughters and a wife I don't wanna leave them alone in this world please pray for my mercy please Reply

Jesse Montreal June 22, 2017

Please pray for me jesse cohen . Lots of issues right now Reply

Anonymous 13 maple way Armonk ny June 21, 2017

Please pray for my 2nd time possible broken ankle. It is putting my family through a lot of stress Reply

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