In the Gemara (Bava M’tzia 59a), we learn that since the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, the gates of t’filah have been closed. However, our Sages teach us that the power of t’filah from the heart combined together with a complete trust in Hashem and awareness that He is the One in control of the world, can break through all the gates of Heaven and there is nothing that can stand in its way. There is nothing stronger than prayer from closeness and love of Hashem; it breaks all barriers and can change what has been decreed.

Chazal teach us that, after the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed, although the gates of prayer were closed, the gates of tears have remained open. Women are given a special power of prayer: the power of crying. The Gemara cautions us that “One should always be careful about causing pain to his wife, because her tears are frequent, and she is easily caused pain.” The power of women has always been to daven with all of their heart and to cry out with bitter tears to Hashem. David HaMelech said in T’hilim 56:9: “Place my tears in Your flask, into Your record.” Every tear is gathered into a vessel by Hashem and guarded one by one. There is not a prayer and a tear that does not influence things; it’s not possible that a tear goes to waste.

According to the Gemara, when one davens for the r’fuah (recovery) of his friend, he should include them amongst the other ill people in the Jewish nation, for, as a result, this person will be included in the merits of the broader nation. This will increase his friend’s chance of receiving a r’fuah. In addition, it is brought down in the Talmud: “Kol ha’mispaleil b’ad chaveiro v’hu tzarich l’oso davar, hu ne’eneh t’chilah’: One who prays on behalf of his friend and is in similar straits, he is answered first. Klal Yisrael is like one body, and therefore, if anyone is sick, we should all feel a certain lack of wholeness. The t’filos that we offer up with compassion on behalf of a fellow Jew, who’s awaiting a similar y’shuah, are more powerful than any t’filah.

List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

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


Eliyahu ben Sophie

Yehudah Leon Yitzchak ben Esther

Yaakov ben Esther

Yosef Chaim ben Chanah Devorah

David ben Miriam

Eliyahu ben Rachel

Yitzchak ben Chanah Rinah

Tiran ben Basah

Zecharyah Shalom ben Batsheva Simchah

Elnathan ben Rozita

Yaakov Yosef ben Paya

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Aharon Moshe ben Miriam

Binyamin ben Miriam

Moshe ben Chanah

Shmaryahu ben Raizel Shoshana Miriam

Efraim ben Leah

Ezra Rafael ben Taoos Miriam


Chayah Esther bas Barbara

Esther Fruma bas Beila

Shiva bas Manzal

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Sarah Miriam bas Chanah Batsheva

Rachel Leah bas Ita Yehudis

Chayah Rivkah bas Yocheved Keila

Yael Yehudis bas Sarah

Zohar Etana bas Henna Miriam
Avivah bas Yehudis

Tziporah bas Fruma

Saltanat Ronit bas Taoos Miriam

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