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Based on Nusach Ashkenaz, it seems that when there is a prayer beginning with the words מי שברך , that only the 3 fathers (Avraham, Yitzhak and Ya'akov) are mentioned. Two examples:

However, when reciting Mi Sheberach for the ill, in addition to the forefathers, Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon are added.

  • Why are these 4 added, in particular?
  • How are these 4 "related" to the ill or help the ill recover?
  • FWIW, I've been to many Orthodox schuls (mostly RCA types) where the imahot are also added, does this affect your question at all? – Noach MiFrankfurt May 20 '16 at 17:19
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt Not really. I agree that adding the mothers is something I've seen in Conservative, Havurah, "Progressive" minyanim, etc. Regardless, my question is on common usage that has these specific people. Aside, check out home page of Beurei Hatefilah which has a link to a book on Minhagei Frankfurt. You may be interested in viewing it. – DanF May 20 '16 at 17:35
  • I actually have a modern, partial edition of Divrei Kehillaus. My Rashi needs some work, although this should be invaluable for my Jeckisch minhogimbuch. – Noach MiFrankfurt May 20 '16 at 20:22
  • Why list anyone's name at all? The whole phrase "Mishebeirach A B C D E" is just a stand-in for God. He Who blessed Abraham is identical to He Who blessed Isaac is identical to He Who blessed Mordechai. – Double AA May 20 '16 at 22:17
  • @DoubleAA I think your missing the emphasis of my question. The other ones have the 1st three. For Cholim, we're adding 4 more. – DanF May 22 '16 at 2:19

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