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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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October 21, 2014
PrayerRequest 4 Recovery
Please, pray for me for God's sake, my name is "Adeyemi" I am sick having Serious CHEST PAIN with SHORT BREATHING Problem for almost 3months; a little walk/stress, tiredness follows. I have carried out neccesary Lab Tests using blood as specimen in the hospital including X-ray, my results were all alright. I now believe it's prayer that can save my life from evil doers. May God help you as you consider in your prayer session favourably. Thanks.
Adeyemi, Nigeria.
October 15, 2014
please pray for socrates besay who is has been sick for more than 2 month. he is not getting well and need God intervention.
October 14, 2014
Please keep my mother Daphne Brathwaite in prayer, she had a stroke today and the family is in pain as we just lost my daughter inlaw and twin babies...we are praying for a wonderful healing
October 12, 2014
Please pray for my father, who has irregular sounds on his heart which could lead to surgery. It has scared me greatly.
October 11, 2014
I am having severe nerves pains over my body especially on my left hand. Effort to reduce or eradicate pains is in vain. Could I be accorded any assistance?
George Asante
October 6, 2014
Please pray for my friend who is ver sick
Please pray for Sherma my friend who suffered a stroke today and is on life support that she will be well again.

Trinidad and Tobago
October 2, 2014
I ask our Lord of Lords to blanket everyone on this site and their love ones with strength, peace, health, breath, and love. May the presence of our divine creator send forth his breath to rejuvenate our existence forever.
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.
September 17, 2014
please pray for oji calistus ; my father he is critically ill. Thank you. 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.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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