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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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February 23, 2017
Please pray for the refuha shlema of :
Baruj Ben Udel Sheindl
Hilda bat Perla
Yisroel Aryeh Leib Ben Zahava
February 18, 2017
Please pray for my 8month baby Rivkah bat aliyah for successful heart surgery on Monday.i know Hashem will heal her speedly. Thanks .
Noida india
February 14, 2017
I really need a job
I've been helping my family the past few months and I am now in need of a job as my finances are really bad, please pray for me and my family, thank you kindly
British Columbia
February 14, 2017
For my dad- he needs our prayers to turn his horrible cancer diagnosis around. A better man I will never ever know. Thank you
February 10, 2017
please pray for my mother yidis malka (bat ester
) as she goes under surgery to repair her hand, she is 90 years old and we all need her to be safe and healed
February 9, 2017
Please pray that I would go through this difficult time
February 7, 2017
Help Me!!
4 year ago I was rear ended in a car accident. I was badly injured. I have suffered with non stop physical pain in my bavk, shoulders, neck and wrist and dealing with depression from the constant pain and PTSD. My condition is getting worse. Please pray I get just 1 week without pain. !!! PLEASE pray the depression demon leaves my body.
February 5, 2017
Pray for my dear friend's son Kaya who is a heroin addict. He was found by his mom and had od and was brought back by his stepdad. This time was bad and now his mother is going through possibly PTSD. I am asking for prayers now to help them both and only Hashem will be able to this. I pray to Hashem every day but I need more prayers for these two beautiful people.
February 3, 2017
Please pray for my daughter Chaya bat rivkah bat Gershon she's afflicted with a neurological problem . Thanks
February 2, 2017
Please pray for my mother to receive the will of the Most High in trust and love - to live on or to part - for she has been diagnosed as in her final stages and faces surgery that will be her last. A 10 year battle is finally coming to a close. (her name is Anneliese)
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