Are there guidelines about how sick you have to be to be included in the mi shebberach list read during the torah service? A cold? Bronchitis? The flu? Pneumonia? I'm not asking about private prayer but public prayer.

Addendum: There is no halacha for how sick you have to be to rate a mention on the public mi shebberach list. Each congregation makes its own rules. This is what I concluded after reading the comments here and at judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16430/170

(Personally, I find it distasteful to tell someone for whom the matter is very meaningful, "Sorry, you are just not sick enough to make the cut.")

  • AFAIK, a sickness is when one is tied to the bed. In such a case he's considered "imprisoned" and needs to be freed. Of course, it is a matter of personal feeling and severity, theoretically, there's nothing to prohibit to say M"S for anyone who's not feeling well.
    – Al Berko
    Dec 24, 2018 at 13:42
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    What is ever too trivial to pray for? As for using communal time, why would there be any guidance other than whatever the community allows?
    – Double AA
    Dec 24, 2018 at 14:27
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    @MauriceMizrahi I've edited that information into the question. For future reference, the best way to respond to comments asking for clarifications is to edit the question. (And then you can flag those comments as no longer needed, as they've done their job.) Thanks. Dec 24, 2018 at 18:29
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    @DoubleAA A lot of them are ignored these days in most places I've been, but there are plenty of specific rules on the books for specific ways to not waste the congregation's time.
    – Isaac Moses
    Dec 24, 2018 at 18:41
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    @msh210 I agree and have put it on hold as such. Maurice, see the linked question for answers to your question. If your question is different, you can edit to say how and the community will review for possible reopening. It looks like the answers there are what you're looking for -- check them out. Dec 24, 2018 at 20:23


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