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.
Please Pray for my wife's health. We are trying for children and she is facing problem with less follicals in the Utereus. Please let GD Hashem have mercy on us and heal my wife.
Please pray for my wife.
Thank you Vishu
baby brother. His wife also needs to be pray for, she can't believe this is happening
to her since she lost her mother to cancer too. Please pray that Ha-Shem heals him and his wife.
2nd chemo treatment tomorrow ( breast cancer). She is 36 and the
mother of triplets and such a wonderful girl.
Her aunt, Sandra
Although we may not understand it now..everything that we are going through..is for a reason..PLEASE do not despair.
I happen to believe in reincarnation..and I believe we are experiencing such difficulties as a refinement of our souls.
Know, please, that there is NOTHING too big or difficult that we (with Gd's help) can't get through. Keep strong faith..be still..and know that one day we will get the bigger picture. When that time comes..all of life's problems will be insignificant once we experience the loving light, joy and peace of Gd.
near Scranton, PA