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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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October 17, 2016
Peace and blessings to all.
I asked for help to pray for me. My health is deteriorate slowly. I need a place to live and I need a job.
Tamara Prendergast
October 10, 2016
Need Prayer
Please pray that Hashem answer my prayers to improve my finances.May each one of you enjoy peace,health,prosperity,in the new year.G-d Bless all of you.
Yechiel M
October 7, 2016
pray for Natan to be healthy from the cancer
Please pray for Natan son of Anna, with the God Help .
Preying to God to remove the cancer from the all world
October 6, 2016
In need of physical, emotional & financial restoration
After a long period of many trials, we have... (myself my children & grandchildren) have experience health, emotional and financial diistresses. We are all in need of healing and restoration And Wisdom to overcome. Thank you kindly and may Hashem answer all our prayers speedily
September 29, 2016
Please pray for me as I go through bodily pain
September 29, 2016
Help comes from the Lord. We are so Greatful ,Mark Kramer my Family will contact Duke Univrtsity sounds so hopeful . Sometimes God answers our prayers , by sending us help through other People , Hashem truly wants us to love each other through words or deeds ,helping each other any way we are able , making the World a better place. Please keep praying that our Grandson will be healed we are so
Greatful for all the kindness.
Thank you .
Erika Kish
B.C. Cn.
Erika kish
B.C. Can.
September 27, 2016
Please pray רפואה שלמה מן השמים for Rivka bat Yehudit (Johanna)
Please pray רפואה שלמה מן השמים for Rivka bat Yehudit (Johanna)
September 27, 2016
James in British Columbia, Canada
To Erika Kish in British Columbia, Canada....are you familiar with the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University in North Carolina? They are doing miraculous clinical trials with glioblastomas. I have a close personal friend in one of the trials going on 10 chemo or radiation....only the serium injections he takes monthly, made in part from HIS tumor. I very much believe G-d gave mankind the ability to invent science, math, make the universe work.
Mark Kramer
September 25, 2016
Please Pray for our 8 year old Grandson ,he has stage 4 Glioblastoma ,on chemo for almost 1/12 years weakly . He is very weak ,Hashem has giving him amazing mental strength and If anyone can overcome this , he can. Please keep praying for a good MRI Report . May Hashem give him complete healing. We pray.
His name is James,
Erika, canada
Erika kish
B.C. Can.
September 25, 2016
please pray the healing of my kidney. I believe God is the grest miracle worker
Christine Joseph
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