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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 19, 2014
Refuah fro Sima Bat Elka
Please say tehillim for the refuah for my mother Sima Bat Elka ..
chaim mordechai ben Lipa Hakohen
December 18, 2014
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With kind regards..
December 14, 2014
Please pray for my father Conal Zimmerman, son of Ruth Esther. He is in the hospital suffering from lung disease. He is the most amazing man and my children, my mother, and I, love him very much! Thank you
December 11, 2014
Please g d bless my daughter, Rifka Mincha bat Dina Elka, while in surgery now and for a speedy and complete recovery for the best possible outcome. Please guide the surgeon's hands and help them to accomplish their goals and help my daughter who is an angel. Amen
December 10, 2014
Please pray for my 8 year old daughter Alex. She is in much pain from crohns. Pray for her healing
December 8, 2014
Please pray
Please pray for my mother's recovery. She is old and hurting. I love her and want to see her well.
Los Angeles
December 1, 2014
Need Prayer
I need prayer, I have no hope, it seems as though G-d wont forgive me. I'm living a nightmare. Please pray for me, for I live in pain.
November 30, 2014
Please for me for an academic excellent.i finish wrote some papers this year September and waiting for the result. I need brake trough from Hashem
November 30, 2014
Please pray for sick for the past 2 month
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November 30, 2014
pray for my dad to get well
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copiague, ny
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