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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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December 3, 2016
Please pray for my mom, who is undergoing breast cancer. The cancer has came back for a second time, and there has been fluid found in the lung. With every prayer, I thank you all for the bottom of my heart. May we all support each other, and conquer every battle put forth our way. Amen.
December 3, 2016
Your forum is much appreciated. As a cancer survivor going through a divorce after sufering domestic abuse, at times the stress and anxiety seems overwhelming. At 1:30 a.m., while unable to sleep, I came across your articles and teachings. Though life has many challenges, it undoubtedly has its blessings - some of which are the reconnections to our [spiritual] roots. As we pray that others are healed, please pray that I will be as well. Thank you!
Palos Verdes, California
December 1, 2016
Requesting Prayers
Our dear friends beautiful and sweet 32 year old daughter ( Leah Bas Sarah) is in need of prayers after finding out in the ER after a CT scan of abdomen, for possibly food poisoning, that unrelated to her being sick they found a massive tumor in her liver. Originally told most likely it is benign, it has now been determined it is malignant and there are other tumors in the other lobe. If anyone reads this PLEASE PRAY for her. She has a wonderful Jewish boyfriend , a wonderful loving family and many many supportive friends. As a dear friend of the family I feel strongly that Hashem hears our prayers, and she needs a miracle from Hashem to give her a good and promising sign that she will be OK, that she will marry someday, and G-d willing have children and a family. I'm asking for it all on her behalf, I'm sure she just wants to live and be healthy. Thank you anyone who reads this and prays on her behalf !!
Harlene Pine
Chicago,IL. USA
November 30, 2016
Please pray for my father el hananel mordechai son of rachel. Hes doing a procedure right now. Please pray for the procedures success
November 29, 2016
Please pray for Tova bat Esther Rachel
November 28, 2016
Please pray for my mom my best friend my rock my strength
November 21, 2016
James and Erica Kish
To Erica and James Kish...I pray James's doctors will continue to successfully manage his health while keeping him comfortable, active and eagerly looking forward to Hanukkah, and that James can visit
Duke in the near future. I want to wish you and your family a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season and miraculous New Year!
Mark Kramer
November 20, 2016
I am asking prayer for s who has advanced cáncer. I am asking for healing. amen and ThAnk you.
November 19, 2016
Please pray for my father Yacob Ben Tala
Please pray for my father who is in hospital and had kidney infection and blockage, I am asking Hashem to strengthen his body to cure him and allow him to live, refuah shelema
Thank you in advance for your prayers
Mark rahimi
New jersey
November 19, 2016
To Mark Kramer , it is so powerful as you empathize with the pain of others .and your heartfelt prayers ,may Hashem merit you many blessings. My faml has soo many challenges to face , that is called Life . However , I trust with Hashems help we will reach Duke University at some point in the near future . At this moment James is called Stable ,Chemo every 2 weeks for 2 more years ! ! waiting for MRI results . As we need to continue to pray for James he has glioblastoma ,the worst kind of Brain Cancer no cure 8% survival they can only stabilize him he is way past most survival rate, we thank Hashem for every day he is still with us. We are humbled and Greatful .God is so great he stoops to listen to the prayer of a smal child;
Erika Kish
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