The Queens Jewish Link Communal Cholim List is a beautiful way to include our loved ones in our prayers while bringing merit, comfort, and restored good health to those who are not well. Our Sages teach us that there are auspicious times for us to pray for special requests, such as requesting health for those needing refuah. Such times include hafrashas challah, bris milah, chupah, and during labor). We are taught that, in the merit of praying for others, our own prayers are answered and we fulfill the mitzvos of “Love your neighbor as yourself” and chesed.

David HaMelech assembled Sefer T’hilim (the Book of Psalms) in five books, corresponding to the Five Books of the Torah. The sefer is an anthology of 150 individual psalms, some of which offer comfort in difficult times. Sefer T’hilim is among the most popular and widely read of all the books of the Tanach. The Jewish literature is replete with encouragement to recite T’hilim as much as possible.

Often cited are the words of the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, known as the Tzemach Tzedek: “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.” [HaYom Yom: Tackling Life’s Tasks]

Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai (the Chida, 1724–1806) wrote in his introduction to his Yosef T’hilos commentary to T’hilim: “One who recites T’hilim each day is considered as though he fulfilled the entire Torah and merits a place beneath the Throne of Glory… One who is accustomed to [reciting] T’hilim repels all kinds of calamities and several harmful plagues from him, his household, his family members, and his entire generation.”

May all of our prayers be answered, and may we merit to see the day when there is no more suffering and when our prayers consist solely of giving thanks and praise to Hashem.

Communal Cholim List (Please recite Psalms 20 and 119)

  •  Esther Hadassah bas Devorah
  •  Yaffah bas Monavar
  •  Chavah Rachel bas Alta Chaya Esther Eliyahu ben Iran
  •  Beila Yenta bas Maryam Feiga
  •  Avraham ben Soltana
  •  Amalia Rachel bas Rivkah Chanah
  •  Shemayah Chaim ben Devorah
  •  Abraham ben Sarah
  •  Chayah Ayalah bas Tali
  •  Chaim Yehudah ben Leah
  •  Meir Peretz ben Chayah Malkah
  • Esther bas Latifa
  •  Ella bas Ortal
  •  Ruchamah Chanah bas Sarah
  •  Shoshanah bas Nili
  •  Abraham ben Sarah
  •  Rachel bas Miriam
  • Sylvia bas Esther
  •  Keren Eliorah bas Sarah Michal
  •  Ezra Refael ben Taoos Miriam
  •  Sally Ronit bas Taoos Miriam
  •  Efrayim ben Leah
  •  Shmuel ben Monavar
  •  Sarah bas Yafah
  •  Rabbanit Mazal Tov Rira bat Simchah
  •  Isaac ben Dinah
  •  Tinok ben Moriah Temimah
  •  Tzvia bas Sheindel
  •  Mira bas Chanah
  • Yaakov Nasan Nata ben Breina
  • Yehoshua David ben Alta Yenta
  • Keila Chinka bas Golda