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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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July 18, 2014
Please pray for Dave Shefsky that just had surgery on his lower part if his knee,for a quick recovery ... Thank you, Michelle
Michelle Rieck
Orlando , fla.
July 16, 2014
Please pray for my boyfriend ...
Please pray for my boyfriend, Alan. He was diagnosed yesterday with two brain tumors. Things are proceeding very quickly and he is very scared as am I. Please pray for his strength and for me to stay strong for him. Please pray for a successful surgery and treatment, and a speedy and easy recovery. He is the love of my life, nafshi.

R'fuah shlema ahavat chaiyai.
New York
July 6, 2014
Please pray for my friend Colin, he's very ill with Pancreas Cancer. Please pray for complete healing and spiritual healing.

Thank you in the God of Isarel name.
June 26, 2014
Need Prayer
please pray for me, Im going through some personal family problems, which are making my life a living hell.G-d bless each and everyone of you.
June 25, 2014
pray for me
I haven't been feeling well and I need to see specialist to make sure there is nothing really bad going on my name is Anthony Barroque. Your prayers would be deeply appreciated thankyou and god bless you all
Anthony Barroque
June 9, 2014
Barry R.
please pray for my brother Barry as he fights for his life after being injured in a car accident. He has suffered multiple head trauma injuries. This was a hit and run accident. Also, pray for the family of the lady who hit my brother; let her family find peace as well.
Donna R.
Dallas, Texas
June 3, 2014
Please pray for our eldest daughter suffering from anorexia since 1 1/2 years. May G-d help her find her way to inner and physic health.
June 2, 2014
Please pray for me to over come anxiety during this change of life.
Midland tx
June 2, 2014
Please say a prayer for my beloved brother in law that he will not suffer with his stage four cancer.

May 31, 2014
COPD and back pain
I would like to request prayer for my friend Chuck who has COPD and severe back pain from surgery. I would also like to ask for prayer for his son Nick that the test results would come back no cancer.
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