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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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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
March 17, 2015
Pray for good results
Pray for my husband Gershon bar moishe and Rachel he's waiting for his MRI results thanks
March 17, 2015
Please Pray for my brother In Law Dale
Dale has been in the hospital now for 6 weeks. He suffered a massive Heart Attack. I am asking for all prayers. He has no medical or life Insurance. Apparently he had a heart attack before this one and was not aware of it. It cause a valve to locate in a spot thats hard to get to and it continues to leak. He has been on a Ventilator all this time. Kidneys stopped working and is on Dialysis.. They can't operate because he would never make it. Hes had pneumonia twice. Has fluid in the lungs and was just operated on and had a Trachostomy. So he now is wearing a Trach. Doctors do not give him any hope. Hes been pretty much under sedation until just recently. We are asking for all prayers that a miracle does happen. Please I am asking you for your prayers.. please let Dale improve.. my sister can not go on without him. We fear that she will never make it without him. :(
Mary Mendoza
March 13, 2015
Please Pray for Ariel ben Nekadam
He has COPD and his breathing is very difficult.
Queens NY
March 9, 2015
Please pray for my uncle
Please pray for my uncle Richard ben Eleanor who was recently diagnosed with cancer found in his abdomen and chest lymph nodes. He is currently in the ICU with acute pneumonia. May Hashem give his body the strength to recover and have his cancer go into remission. Thank you and may you and your loved ones be blessed
March 8, 2015
Prayer for healing in my back and entire body and prayer for favor in legal matter (for justice and God says will I not avenge my own elect!) Thanking you in advance.
March 6, 2015
Please pray for my grandson William and brandyn. They have been battered and srxually assaulted by their parent and stepdad and others while parents watched. When I reported what was told and evidence of Dr. The juvenile officer and caseworker returned William stating not enough evidence. Both children saying the same thing. I see a change in appetite of brandyn. He wants to see his brother and wants him out of that situation. William is three and brandyn is six.
georgia usa
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