Is one allowed to request a refuah sheleimah (a speedy recovery) for oneself, while saying Shemona Esreh? If so, does one need to say one’s Hebrew name, or just say אותי ("me")?

  • 1. Gemmorah says one asks for others BEFORE asking for himself, therefore personal requests are permitted (even intended, I'd say) 2. Moses said "רפא נא לה" refering to Miriam, so G-d knows who's he davens about, same with "me" – Al Berko Jun 20 '18 at 11:47

Well this is exactly the content of the Refaeinu blessing

וְהַעֲלֵה רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה לְכָל מַכּותֵינוּ
Bring complete healing to all our wounds

So you seem to be covered for yourself. If you wish to add the standard yehi ratzon addition, you can do as well: OU here says

If one wishes to ask special consideration from God for oneself or another who is ill, he may insert a personal request here. (Many siddurim offer a suggested text for such insertions.)

The Mishna Brura (SA OC 116:3) writes not to say the name of the sick person if one is in front of him or her. I presume this would apply to oneself.

As always, CYLOR before applying anything you read here.

  • B"H for this answer. I have a headache from reading it :-8 Refuah Shleima to me! Hey, it seems to work quickly. Another B"H! – DanF Jun 20 '18 at 17:39

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .