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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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January 19, 2015
pls pray for my mother to be heal from stroke.
January 19, 2015
Please pray for my sick grandson
Please, my grandson Logan is 3 years old and has a disease called Metachromatic Leukodystrophy. They tell us that there is no treatment and no hope, and that children with his illness typically do not live to see their 5th birthdays. He has endured much pain, terrible seizures and spasms. Yet I know that the Lord G-d is good, that He who created the foundations of the world can heal our poor boy. I beg for healing prayers for him, please, and that the Almighty will hear your prayers and grant them. And may you be blessed for doing this.
January 18, 2015
please pray for my father & for my job
remember me & my parents in your daily prayers ...daddy Shyam who is suffering with heart problem i hope god is going to heal him...n pray for my job too i always trust god n remember him every second but my family with lot of issues ,daddy is not able to handle all the things so i too wanna help him out i love my parents lot without them im nothing so please pray for my mom n dad .....!
January 17, 2015
Please pray for me, Leah Yelena and Igor Mardakhayeva, I am prayer to help me find someone to be marriage and help me to walk and be healthy girl. amen thank you, Leah (Liya) Mardakhayeva
Liya Leah Mardakhayeva
January 8, 2015
please pray for me that our Lord will have mercy on me to recover from this sickness soon. Lord please give me a second chance in live again.
January 7, 2015
9 year old Andrew has Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy
Andrew is a 9 year old boy who wholeheartedly loves G_d. He is completely wheelchair bound now due to Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. (It is the most aggressive form and is male specific. The average life span that I'm seeing on blog sites seems to be 13 to 15 years of age.) His health is going downhill fast. It is now affecting his lungs. He needs a true miracle very soon...... PLEASE, he needs all the prayers he can get.
January 5, 2015
Each and every request
May it be Hashem's will that your loved ones have complete and speedy recoveries. The Rebbe's words rang so true in my soul about the Psalms reaching higher and higher.
Naples, FL
January 2, 2015
prayer needed
Please pray for my father, Eliazar ben Yasgel, son of Saltanat, who is having an important angioplasty tomorrow morning. Please pray that this procedure does not result in kidney failure. Please pray for God to guide the surgeons hands and actions. My father is a true man of God and a pillar in our family without which his wife, sister, children and grandchildren would be lost without. Please grant him the health he needs to continue to see his grandchildren being born and allow him to walk my mother down the aisle at my wedding and give me away to my besheret.

Please pray for my father's health and for a successful surgery and healthy recovery.

Refua Shlema
Sarah Ba Maryam
Los Angeles
December 29, 2014
Please Pray for my Nephew Aryeh Yehuda Chayim
Please pray for my nephew Aryeh Yehuda Chayim Ben Batyameneh,
He is stricken with GIST Tumors which are abdominal tumors, May the medicine he is taking be useful to destroy the tumors, may Hashem intervention from high return complete healing of body and soul to him.
Thank you.
Mark Rahimi
mark rahimi
December 26, 2014
Pray for my son Marc(Moshe yitzak) who is being treated for non Hodgkin lymphoma. May his treatment be successful and he become cancer free.
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