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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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June 30, 2015
Dear GOD I need your help desperately. I have been so angry and I don't know how to let it go. It is about my past and I keep crying then get mad. Please help me so I can let it go.I was going to 12 step meetings then stopped. I don't like there prayers.I like Jewish prayers. Thank you GOD almighty. Amen.
June 30, 2015
spinal cord injury (paraplegic)
Am Baffour Awuah Tabury,pray for me I've been paralyzed waist down due to spinal cord injury since 2007,pray for me to get my healing
Baffour Awuah Tabury
June 22, 2015
Please pray for the healing of Joelle's thumb that was severed in a freak accident. She is 15 years old and a wonderful granddaughter. All prayers are important.
June 20, 2015
please pray for me and my family we are going through difficult time in our life .Thank you Heavenly Father all praise and glory to our Heavenly Father who is creator of heaven and earth all that is seen and unseen . Thank you God Almighty . Amen
June 15, 2015
Please pray for my nephew
Please pray for my nephew Chayim Ben Batyameneh.
He is only 18 years old, He has GIST cancer, in the abdominal area, he is in the hospital, please pray to Hashem to intervene and help the doctors and scientist to find the right medicine so he can be cured and live a normal life.
May Hashem restore his immune system to fight this disease and may the root of this disease be taken out of his body. Amen
Thank you in advace.
mark rahimi
June 15, 2015
Please pray for Mr as I have been having constant pain in my body for months.

June 13, 2015
Brain injury and mental shadow...
Blessed are you, our L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, please healing my brain injury and restore me inside to the outside. Please put me back medicine so that I can contribute myself for your name's sake. Blessed be the Most High! Thank you L-rd!
June 11, 2015
Please pray for my family and myself ...please pray that My depression and financial problems will soon be over body also aches ..please pray thank you ...
June 9, 2015
Pray for my son
Dear All, Please pray for my son who went through a fistula surgery in early January this year, his wound is still there. Now doctors suspecting another part of fistula still remains and needs to go through another surgery. My daughter too needs to go through a small surgery due to urine infection situation. Wife recovered from
bells pulses, face was partially paralyzed. Thank God, she's almost recovered.
Nishantha Fernando
June 8, 2015
need prayers urgently
please i am needing prayers for my son, his wife is taking him to a dangerous place for a holiday.
I feel she is up to something to harm him ...
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