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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

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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 13, 2014
Pregnancy
Please let the two healthy embryos that we will transfer tomorrow implant and develop into a healthy pregnancy. Please bless my husband and I with healthy babies.
april
Germany
March 11, 2014
I need a Bracha for a upcoming operation to remove a brain tumor may G-d give me a complete Refuah Shlama and all klal Yisrael.
Anonymous
March 5, 2014
Please pray for my friend sarah who is ill
Joe
NJ
March 3, 2014
My husband is in constant pain & needs healing. I pray for a miracle healing of his condition since he is not in condition to have surgery.
Paula
February 25, 2014
miracles
My brother Heshel ben Sima is very ill. He has hystiocytosis a rare cancer like disease that did not respond to treatment. The doctors have taken away all hope of any recovery. Please include him in your prayers. May we see miracles from our combined prayers.
Sara bat Sima in NYC
sharon
nyc
February 25, 2014
PLEASE PRAY FOR MY NEPHEW
Please pray for my nephew Aryeh Yehuda Chayim Ben Batyamineh (Jane)
He is taking medication for his treatment, may this medication work for his diease, may ELOHIM have mercy on him and help him to overcome fom his surgerys, and may he regain his complete health and may ELOHIM help him to transorm all the negative energys in to positive energy.
mark
USA MD
February 25, 2014
Fertility
Please bless my husband and I with many, healthy, strong, fertile eggs. That will fertilize, implant and develop into a healthy successful pregnancy. Amen
Anonymous
Germany
February 20, 2014
Pray for my son to have a quick and complete recovery
Anonymous
USA
February 18, 2014
A will to live
Please pray for Sila. Give her the will to fight and overcome this dark sickness. Give her the will to LIVE; there is more to be done. We wish to hear her voice and see her stand as she has done before. In the name of Elohim, praise and thanks.
Anonymous
February 17, 2014
please pray for me 1 year already and my troat has been trouble me.i alwayr got this itche thoart and always get coughing.
grace caser
hongkong
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