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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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September 3, 2015
please pray for me as i will you, i have a mass that showed up on x ray i pray it will be gone by next week and will be nothing.
September 1, 2015
Home is 45 - 50 kilometers from nearest Chabad (Olympia/Tumwater WA) = the Internet makes possible detailed interaction and updates regarding activities such as prayer, in either and/or both, Hebrew and/or English.

With a very grateful heart!
Washington State
August 31, 2015
Please pray for all visiting this site for prayer and my 28 yr old fiance diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 26. She has Chronic Pain & can barely walk or work. It keeps getting worse. Pray for our healing and finances too improve. Amen El Shaddai
August 28, 2015
Please pray for my Sons
My two sons are both going through some very difficult situations and one especially is in need of much support and also financially. Please pray for guidance, protection and complete restoration for them, Thank you kindly

I too pray for all who come here in need. May the Most High answer us when we call.
August 27, 2015
some incurable infaction
please pray for me....i know God can
August 26, 2015
Please pray for my sister in law Fran ! Stage 4 cancer!
August 25, 2015
Please I need your Prayers
Please pray that Hashem answers my request, my son is in a dangerous situation, and I need a miracle. May the Holy one of Israel help each and everyone, on this site, who needs prayer.
Yechiel M
August 23, 2015
pray for Aaron
G-d please watch over my son. He needs your help. Amen
August 21, 2015
We ask prayer for our 7 year Grandson he has stage 4 Glioblastoma ( worst of all Brain Cancers ). May he be exepted in to the Keytruda Trail . Please Pray that HASHEM will grant him complete Healing And strength for his Family , wisdom to the Doctors , and support financial from all willing to help.
Thank you
Erika and Tom Canada
Erika Kish
August 18, 2015
Please pray for my grandfather
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