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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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September 28, 2015
healing diabetes
My husband suddenly died 2 years ago & I have had symptoms from diabetes get worst. I have had so much stress I blacked out for 3 days last month. One night I got up & got dizzy & fell & a lamp fell from a table & hit my mouth so hard. That happened 9-12-15 & inside my mouth there is an open cut that isn't healing. I think because I eat & drink there which makes it open up again. I want my feet to heal & diabetes & cut mouth & even vision troubles but a friend is taking me to get help through disability. I need that money so I can't ignore the problems so please pray I can live in my house & afford it comfortably too. Thank you.
September 28, 2015
Please pray for Migdalia Armenteros, that she get only good news from her allergist, from her blood test and all doctor's exams and tests. Heal her hives and itchy skin, heal her of all disease and infirmity. Let her have a clean bill of health and peace of mind.
September 26, 2015
I am not very good at prayers but to everyone who is here I pray that God be with you and bring you peace in your time of need. As things may be at there worst God always has a plan for us. It may not be how we want it to work out but do not give up hope. We will forever dwell in the house of the Lord and nothing is worth giving up on that. God bless you all
September 23, 2015
My little sister is in a coma
My little sister Elizabeth had surgery and now she is in a coma. Please pray for her so that she gets well, wakes up and that she gets the medical help that she needs. Thank you so much and may God bless you.
September 22, 2015
I am praying for all of you for Gmar Chatimah Tovah, please pray for my sister to cure her cancer that she was diagnosed on Rosh Hashana and for long and healthy life
September 21, 2015
Prayer request our beloved friend and colleague Suz
Complete recovery from life threating chronic disease and radical surgery.
September 20, 2015
please pray for my son
I ask for help in praying for the healing of my sons eyes from glaucoma. His name is Kenrick , he is 25 .
September 16, 2015
reading pslam 119 and Pslam 27
I, too, am suffering with rare infections, toxicities, and a dystonia. I pray from my heart daily to Hashem and when I am not in a doctor's office, I read Psalm 119 using my complete hebrew name and my mother's hebrew name. I also read psalm 27, which brings me much comfort...Another favorite line I read is the last line from Adon Olam.. .. G-d is with me, I shall not fear.... keep praying... be strong, have courage.. and place your hope and faith in Hashem... keep asking for his miracles!
Thinking of all you,
September 16, 2015
prayer for my husband
Please pray for my husband who has been diagnosed with cancer recently for God to heal him and all others looking for healing on this site.
September 15, 2015
Please pray for my sister in law her two children Alicia, Michael. My Georgette has to fight for her life. Please pray for the entire household. Her husband passed away two years ago and they need their mom. We all love her, she has the kindest heart.and a hard worker.
West Palm Beach
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