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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 19, 2014
Prayer for healing
Please pray for the immediate recovery of my sister, Ogochukwu. She has been having severe headache since more than two weeks and she has been weak that she cannot talk.
Please pray for her.
Christian
Nigeria
September 17, 2014
please pray for oji calistus ; my father he is critically ill. Thank you. Emmanuel. Nigeria
Emmanuel
Nigeria
September 9, 2014
Prayer for a young man
Please pray for a family friend Riley who was infected with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and as a result is suffering with neurological damage. This precious young man loves G-d and we are praying for a complete recovery from this devastating and complicated illness.
Lisa
Wilmington, North Carolina
September 8, 2014
Pray for Shelby Viel
Please help us pray for Mrs Shelby Viel, suffering with an aggressive cancer. she has children and wants to stay on this earth to see them grow up.
Anonymous
Texas
September 8, 2014
Healing prayer for my partner
Pl pray for love who is sufferning with high sugar. And BP . We have neglected his illness for very long and now I can see the painfull ramifications . Pl pray for his recovery and for good health . I know my God is a prayer answering GOD , amen
Poonam
India
September 5, 2014
Please pray for my sister Valentina bat Miryam who is risking her life now and has suffered so much already. We have lost our mother only a few days ago, this further pain would be too much to bear.
Anonymous
September 4, 2014
severe stroke; request prayers for recovery
Please pray for my mother, Ulla, who suffered a severe stroke last night and whose prognosis is not good. May she be comfortable and recover, if recovery is G-d 's will. Please also provide support for my father Harley, who has been her partner for over 53 years of marriage. Thank you.
Anonymous
New Mexico
September 3, 2014
Misheberach for brother
My older brother is having surgery today. Please give him a mishabereach for a successful procedure and recovery. Thanks,

Anonymous
Anonymous
CA
August 30, 2014
Please pray for Alexandra daughter of Ada to heal the evil energy around her family and business. Thank you all!
Anonymous
San Francisco
August 25, 2014
Please Pray for my mother they have found a breast tumor.
Please pray for Hana (Helen Simian) Bat Sarah,
Pray for her so that she may not suffer from this illness and she may be healed and cured
Thank you
Eliyahoo (Mark)
Mark
MD USA
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