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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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May 21, 2015
Please pray for my mother Mina. She has a rare illness called MSA. Almost all muscles lose function.
She is in the hospital with pneumonia! I need her to stay with us to meet my new born son.
Los Angeles
May 21, 2015
prayers needed
Mickey Moore was found on the sidewalk seriously injured. He had left his wife in the car to get some food. It is unknown how this happened. The were celebrating their anniversary. They have two children. He is in a coma in ICU. Please pray for Mickey and his family.
May 17, 2015
Pls pray for my husband :Nouri with healing treatment from psycho problems
Thank you very much
May 16, 2015
Please, pray for my mother Elisabeth, who was affected by the major stroke, after which she lost her speech and right-side movement, and who is now in the rehab hospital re-learning to live
May 13, 2015
I need God to have mercy upon my brothers Way's of thinking, his thought is zero to the core .

Please I really need assistant to survive or I will disown him as a brother.
May 12, 2015
Please pray for my sister Maureen for a speedy recovery after 2 surgeries back to back and that she is now on her way to recovery quickly so she can take care of her 1 year old son, please I believe prayers will lift her up spiritually and give her strength to recover fast,
May 12, 2015
I am in need of healing prayers. Both physical and mental. I have sleep apnea and diabetes and have the diabetes somewhat under control. The sleep apnea is giving me trouble and worries. Me
Columbia missouri
May 7, 2015
Please pray for my friend Aron, he got burnt in the face and is in critical condition!!
May 6, 2015
Please pray for my mother Cathy Beaty. She has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Pray for to be healed that this cancer will be defeated in the name of father son and holy ghost. Thank you!
May 4, 2015
Need your Prayers
Please, please, pray for my heart test to be ok, Iam very worried, and need the mercy of Hashem, and your prayers.I pray that G-d answers all of your prayers as well, many blessings to all.
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