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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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November 28, 2015
Hashem please help everyone on this list that needs your help. My most gracious and loving Lord. You said that you would answer our prayers before they are even spoken. Hashem you are the master of everything above as below there is nothing that you are not capable of. Thank you Lord for taking the time out of your busy schedule to listen to all our prayers s selah
November 25, 2015
Please pray for my son he is in ICU, and for my strength to keep going. Thank you kindly
November 20, 2015
Please pray for Migdalia Armenteros, that she completely healed of Leukemia and all disease and infirmity. Protect while she goes through chemo, keep her free from infections or complications. Reduce the swelling in her feet. Let her get only good news from her next biopsy. Let her be healed and able to go home.
November 19, 2015
Pray for me. I am currently on dialysis my kidneys are not working. I just to ask that god help me raise the money I need to get the surgery done. Thank in advance for your prayer
Omar Dorman
New Castle Delaware
November 13, 2015
Broken Hearted
Please pray for meO, Lord, to restore my relationship. My girlfriend has walked out on me stating a lack of chemistry. I love her deeply with all my heart. Please Lord, bind those wounds which trouble her. Please close the divide which separates us now. I want to be with her and I am ready to be with her, wholly committed.

May the Lord bless me to do at least one mitzvah a day.
November 10, 2015
Please Pray for my Son
My son Nick is in need of prayer and support as it's been a long difficult time for him on many levels of his life. He is trying to hold it together but is struggling and is slipping into drinking. He was in College and almost finished when he was hit with this trial. He needs to get back into school again, but also needs money to do so; I've helped out what I can but I am no longer able to for a while. Im concerned he will loose everything if he continues to drink as he does have some positives going on in his life right now and needs to grab hold of those and move forward. With much gratitude, please pray for him
November 10, 2015
Please pray to HASHEM to intervene and restore health and vigor for my nephew Aryeh Yehuda Chayim Ben Batyameneh, He is stricken with cancer tumors in abdominal area, and he is in the hospital.
Thank you for your prayers.
Eliyahoo Mark Rahimi
November 10, 2015
I will pray for everyone who needs healing.
November 10, 2015
Please pray for me
I was pregnant and the baby was in my tubes
I did surgery to remove my right tube
I did another ultra sound,I have uterine fibroids
I went to do more blood work but my levels are not dropping, I am getting cramps in my hand and foot regularly.
November 5, 2015
#1 - a close family member who has taken prescription medications for elevated blood pressure several years has recently increasing become ineffective = a new "med" has been developed & it IS quelling symptoms for same; #2 - a rare blood disorder was diagnosed in a second genetically related family member = FDA has recently approved a new medication has been appreciably effective in reducing these symptoms. THANK YOU HASHEM!
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