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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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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)
August 24, 2014
Please pray for me. I want to convert but having difficulty finding rabbi to accept me. Please pray that hashem accepts me to become jewish. I pray morning, evening, night, and tikkun chatzot. I am under extreme difficulty. Iam abandoned by many family and friends because i wish to be jewish. And im attacked often. I vowed to hashem with my whole mind, body, and soul to keep the covenant of Israel. I am black jew having hard time finding rabbi to convert me.
August 20, 2014
Meeting with a hater of Israel
If someone has time left for another prayer...pray for a meeting next monday or tuesday with a turkish man. He wantet to beat me and burn my children and shoot them, because i commentet, that i stand with Israel...he is living close to me. I send him a letter and asked him to come to a restaurant and discuss...i want to reach out for peace, so that G-D can change his mind once and forever! Thank you
August 20, 2014
Please pray for my sister
please pray for my sister Patricia. She's just been diagnosed with brain cancer and we're all scared. Please pray for healing for her so she can watch her children grow up.
August 17, 2014
Please pray for my mother
Please say a mishaberach for my mother freidel bas rochel she is having minor surgery much appreciated
Kingston pa
August 11, 2014
Please pray for my father Vctor bat Sonya. He is having leg surgery tomorrow. Please pray that the surgery goes well and his pain goes away. Thank you

New York
August 11, 2014
Prayer for my Sister in Law
Please pray for my sister in law Ursula, who is having a biopsy today, to determine if she has cancer. May she receive full medical and spiritual healing.
Laois, Ireland
August 10, 2014
Please pray for all the people who are suffering from illness and pain.
August 10, 2014
Need Healing
Please pray for me I need healing and forgiviness, G-d bless you all with good health and many blessings.
August 7, 2014
Please pray for my daughter is suffering from TMJ and for fast healing and cure name is yehudit bat rivkah
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