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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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April 25, 2015
Prayer for healing for my brother Prudencio Acosta Jr
My brother had an open heart surgery. He had Tricuspid,Mitral, Aortic valves replacement and 2 vessel bypass and graft. He is in Surgical ICU in the Philippines He developed seizures 7 hours after the surgery.Please pray to The Most High for my brother for complete healing and speedy recovery. And comfort and strength to my family during this difficult time.
Lovie Moffitt
April 16, 2015
My mother has been sick for up to two years now, she went for an ECG scan and the doctor said something is growing in her brain and that she needs to be operated on. We can't afford the cost of such Surgery because it will entail travelling out of my country ( Nigeria), she has been going throuh siezeless headaches and it hurts so badly to see her suffer. Please pray for her, I believe she will be heal.
Vicky John
April 14, 2015
Please pray for our 7 year old Grandson he has a malignant Brain Tumor removed and has to have a 2nd surgery plus Chemo . May Hashem give him strength and complete healing . We are asking for prayer.
Tom and Erika
Erika Kish
April 14, 2015
Plz pray God May deliver me from polycystic ovarian disease and diabetes thank u so much!!!!!!
Jamie Coronado
san Antonio tx
April 13, 2015
Pray for Jonathan
Who has battled cancer in last 2 years and had open heart surgery on Wednesday. May he have a complete healing.
March 31, 2015
Please pray for my father Ted, waiting for biopsy results of his bile duct tumor. In the past he HSS undergone Triple bypass, prostate cancer. Pray for strength for my mom and family to get thru this
March 25, 2015
Please pray for me as I was in a car accident 12ths ago. I sustained massive injuries. At the moment I have trouble with my right foot, no feeling. I have often very sore throat, and neck vertiba. I had some food that gets caught in my throat. So could you please pray for me. I was in Intensive Care Unit for 3mths, hospitalised for 9mths. I am desperate for prayer. Thank you and Shalom. Rosslyn
March 25, 2015
Please pray for my 7 months old baby, he cannot swallow and he has Problems with his brain, please also pray for family protection. Thank you
March 20, 2015
Please pray for my mother Madeline Rosenfeld (London) suffering from cancer. Her whole family need her to be with us and are praying she wins her battle and praying to Hashem for help.
Mark - her loving son
March 17, 2015
PRAYER FOR MY NEPHEW Aryeh Yehuda Chayim ben Batyameneh
Please pray for my nephew Aryeh Yehuda Chayim ben Batyameneh.
He is stricken with GIST tumors ( Gastrointestenial stroma tumors) He has had surgery before and was taking medication but the medication has stopped working and the tumors are getting bigger and causing pain, he is going to take a new trial medication tomorrow. Please pray to HASHEM to intervention from above and ask for miracle for Aryeh Yehda Chayim ben Batyameneh.
Thank you in advace for your prayers.
Eliyahoo Mehrzad Rahimi
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