In sefer T’hilim (35:1-3), David HaMelech cries out: “Hashem, strive with those who strive against me, battle my foes. Grasp a shield and encircling armor, and rise to my assistance. And arm Yourself with a spear and bar the way before my pursuers; say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

There is a beautiful midrash on the pasuk: “And Avraham was 99 years old, when he was circumcised…(B’reishis 17:24)”: “And Avraham said to [Hashem], ‘And who will circumcise me?’ He said to him: ‘You yourself.’ Avraham took the knife and took hold of his foreskin, but he was afraid because he was old; he was shaking. He said to Him, ‘Ribbono Shel Olam, I am an old man.’ What did the Holy One do, as it were? He stretched out His Hand and took hold along with him.” [Midrash Tanchuma, B’reishis Chapter 3]

If our struggles in life seem too hard, we just need to cry out to Hashem and He will help us. Even if our situation can’t change right now, we can be granted the inner strength, clarity, and determination to push on.

G’ulah can come in the blink of an eye. This is not just referring to the external circumstances, but to the internal ones, as well. Everyone has his/her ups and downs. Sometimes we may feel scared, apathetic, depressed, confused, and the very next minute encouraged, determined, elated, and clear.

The goal is to hold on during the down times, to cry out to Hashem for help – and then wait, knowing that this, too, will pass. Even if the external situation remains the same, our internal situation can suddenly change for the better, giving us a new-found surge of strength and clarity. Realize that this is a form of g’ulah also, and it comes from Hashem.

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List of People Who Need
a R’fuah Sh’leimah

(a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

Boris Baruch ben Frecha Frida

Alter Shmuel ben Chavah Leah

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Chaim ben Malkah

Yehudah Yudel ben Miriam Gittel

David ben Rachel

Yisrael Zundel ben Miriam

Steven David ben Violette

Baruch Avraham ben Helen

Shimon ben Sarah

Yaakov Dov ben Priva

David Yosef Elimelech ben Elisheva Hinda

Yisachar David ben Chayah Brachah

Matisyahu Yeshayahu ben Chanah Chinka

Ariel Shmuel ben Leah

Yonah Gedaliah ben Pesha

Nasan ben Naamah

Alan ben Leah Angela

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Tzvi ben Miriam Rachel

Dov ben Leah

Avraham Zev ben Sarah

Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel ben Lishel

Yosef Azriel ben Chayah Michal

Yosef Yitzchak Isaac ben Chayah Gitel

Yisachar Dov Berish ben Feiga Golda


Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Chayah Shoshanah Tovah bas Esther

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Malkah bas Allegre

Gittel bas Sarah

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Perel bas Nechamah

Mechelina Simchah bas Rinah

Rachel Leah bas Sarah

Tehillah Hadassah bas Elanah

Rachel Leah bas Sarah

Hadas bas Ora

Yael bas Ruth

Esther bas Nacha

Orana bas Suzan

Chavah Leah bas Esther

Mazal bas Malkah

Shirah bas Devorah Leah

Miriam bas Rachel

Julie Neshla bas Jamileh

Chavah Leah bas Esther

Dinah bas Yocheved

Elisheva bas Miriam

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