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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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March 27, 2017
Please pray for me my name is debora (real name and hebrew) bat rachel. i just have not been feeling well mentally and fear for the physical. i just want peace and comfort that everything will be okay. please also pray for my mother who has chronic kidney disease and receives dialysis treatment 3 times a week. none of her surgeries for her fistulas have been working. her name is rachel bat mazal. thank you very much and i wish the rest of you a speedy recovery for anything to everything that you may be dealing with.
March 25, 2017
Please heal my friends he has a brain infection and is 20 years old. He is in the hospital and has had two surgeries and is in much pain. Please heal him and let him live. He is so young.
Leah Melek
March 24, 2017
Pray for my son who is having a macro adenoma in tbe brain.
March 24, 2017
Healing Prayers & Financial Recovery
Please kindly pray for me my name is Elaine (Esther)
is my Hebrew name. I had a car accident back in Oct 2016 that left me with many herniated and bulging discs and several hemagioma's (blood vessels) on my spine. One in particular Thoracic Spine T2/3 which is listed as probable and T5. I ask for healing for my whole back and
body. I've been out of work as well and have financial issues that I may lose my co-op. If I'm not asking
too much please pray for a total healing, financial abundance and peace of body and spirit and mind for
me. Please protect my entire family, husband and 2 children. I also pray for my sisters and their families.
Thank you so much....
Very Truly yours,
Elaine Abrams
Bayside NY
March 20, 2017
Please Pray!
Please G-d heal my beloved grandfather. He is one of the most important people in my life. I am very young and my grandfather is 66. He means so much to me and words can't describe how much I love him. My grandpa is very sick and this has happened to him 4 times already. He has a very great impact on me and my family.
Thank You
March 20, 2017
Please pray for my dad who is recovering from acute stroke and my stepmom from heart attack. Thank you.
March 15, 2017
Plus pray for my son Adam elie son of shoshana please pray as he is in a dark place struggling with drug addiction it is the worst nightmare for a mother please pray that Hashem and all the tzadikim heal him guide him protect him from this yetzer harah that controls him please please pray
March 14, 2017
Pray for my daughter Chaia bat rivkah to overcome her neurological problem
March 14, 2017
Please pray for my grandfather who needs refuah :
Avraham Ben sarah
March 10, 2017
Chronicle illnesses
Please prayers for healing of chronicle illnesses my name is shonta
Shonta Mason
Saint louis