What can bring good luck and health? What should one do when facing health issues? Can wearing tefilin for someone who hasn’t worn tefelin in many years make a difference in health and or good luck?
It is always essential to pray for someone who is ill (and for the ill person to pray for themselves). This can be in any language and at any time, but it is a particularly good thing to pray with a minyan in a Synagogue. When the congregation says the silent prayer one can add in any personal prayers or requests for themselves or others.
There are no guaranteed cures for illness in the Torah; for medical advice one must visit a doctor. But the verse states (Exodus 15; 26), “If you observe the voice of the L-rd your G-d, and do what is just in His eyes, pay attention to the commandments and observe the statutes, then any of the diseases that I placed on Egypt, I will not bring upon you, for I am G-d your Healer.” This means that although we do not believe in lucky charms or magic, keeping the commandments is a way of connecting ourselves with G-d and with our spiritual potential and may help our prayers to be answered.
One of the most important Mitzvot for a man is to put on tefillin every day. The Talmud in Rosh Hashanah talks about the importance of this particular mitzvah. I would certainly encourage you to obtain some kosher tefillin and put them on. (Tefillin should be checked every few years by a competent authority to make sure they are still kosher � if they are not kosher then putting them on does not fulfil the Mitzvah). However, the reason we perform Mitzvot is because that is how we can best fulfil our potential and connect with G-d. Adding to our “mitzvah tally” will certainly help our prayers to be answered. But Jews do not believe in simple “remedies” through Mitzvot.
Try to put on tefillin (or any other mitzvah) to get closer to G-d, and then hopefully He will answer your prayers in the way that you want.
I wish you many years of good health and blessing, and the strength to
Rabbi David Sedley