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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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May 12, 2016
Please pray for my husband Alexandre.his soul is lost and without divine light.
May G-d be with us .
Ika viegas
May 11, 2016
Por favor, oren por mi madrina que está en quimioterapia por varios linfomas. Tiene marido con salud delicada también y dos hijos menores a su cargo que los necesitan.
Muchas gracias por su apoyo
Canet de mar, Barcelona
May 6, 2016
Please help me pray for Orna bat Liba (Leeba)
Please help me pray for my 21 year-old daughter in Israel. She is homeless and her father beats her and throws her out. She has a disorder. Her father convinced her to stop meds, to stop seeing any doctors. He also convinced her that I am a bad mother, he hasbeen telling her this almost all of her life. She became very revengeful and violent towards me, so I had to leave home. She has been homeless for two months.
Rehovot Israel
May 2, 2016
please pray for my daughter
Please pray for my daughter who is feeling ill, for her speedy recovery. she is away from home thousands of miles. Adina Ariella bat Gilah. May HASHEM watch over her and give her strength.
May 1, 2016
Please help me pray for complete total healing of my wife EDITH OYIBO and complete deliverance from the hands of the enemies.
Kaduna. Nigeria.
Felix Oyibo
Kaduna Nigeria
April 27, 2016
Please pray for my niece Tahara. She had a bout of pneumonia and since then keeps running fevers and doctor's haven't been able to find out why. We are praying for complete healing.
Birungi Katongole
April 26, 2016
Prayers needed
For over a year now, my Mother Judy bas Mina Wolf Scher, has been having a series of health problems, including strokes. It seems over the past few days, she has experienced another, or some kind of neurological problem. If we could pray that her health be restored fully, I would so appreciate it. She is a graceful, lovely woman who means the world to me and others.
New York
April 23, 2016
I pray Ha shem hand to be on Dovid and that we be worthy.
R J Wedekind
April 19, 2016
Please pray for my husband of fifty years who is very ill for a speedy recovery He is my heart and soul. His name is Hash Wolf. May HASHEM watch over him and give me strength
April 16, 2016
My dear friends! When a routine MRI discovered a mass in my nasopharinx I was terrified . I have to do a biopsy for the further clarification and wait for the whole week to get the results of this procedure. The stress and anxiety almost totally paralyzed my daily activities. In a desperation ,I turned to the daily reciting of psalm 23 and I also wrote a few letters ( via Email ) to Rebbe Shneerson asking for his blessing for the successful resolution of my medical problems.I also made a promise to return back to my Jewish roots by buying and putting the tefillin daily and study Torah. I also placed a new mezuzah next to my door . Today I received a good news from my doctor : the biopsy showed no signs of cancer .I call it a miracle and I will try to be a good Jew from now on. Amen!
Brooklyn, NY
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