One of the books that make up the "Kesuvim" (or "Writings). Composed mostly by King David, but includes chapters by Adam, Avraham, King Shlomo (Solomon) and others.

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Authorship of Midrash Tehillim

What do traditional sources say regarding the date of authorship of Midrash Tehillim?
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Ps. 144:1 “Etzbe'otai l'milchama”?

Every motzaei Shabbat before ma'ariv, I have the custom to sing Tehillim 144 and Tehillim 67. However, the first passuk (verse) always confounds me: לְדָוִד: בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה, צוּרִי-- ...
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Textual difference between Psukei DeZimra and Psalms 96

What is the origin of the custom to recite in pesukai dezimra יעלוץ השדה וכל אשר בו instead of יעלוז שדי וכל אשר בו which we are familiar with from Kabbalas Shabbos (psalm 96)?
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Pronunciation of אַשְׁרֵי

אַשְׁרֵי in Psalms 1:1 is pronounced with 3 syllables in Mechon-Mamre's mp3 file t2601. It is pronounced with 2 syllables in the last verse of Psalms 2 in Mechon-Mamre's mp3 file t2602. My question ...
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“Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock”?

I do not understand the last lines of psalm 137 ("By the rivers of Babylon"/"Al naharos bovel," the psalm recited before Birkat Ha-Mazon on weekdays. [It includes the famous lines "Im eshkachech ...
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Does “שויתי ה׳ לנגדי תמיד” relate to a synagogue?

"שויתי ה׳ לנגדי תמיד" ("I have placed God before me constantly", Ps. 16:8) is cited in Rama (OC 1:1) as support for what he writes there: that one should be aware that he's always before God, who can ...
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What will Lubavitchers do in 2052?

There's a Chabad-Lubavitch custom of reciting a psalm of T'hilim corresponding to one's age. That is, for example, in one's fourteenth year of life (e.g. on his thirteenth birthday), he says the ...
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On what days do we say shir hamalos before birkat hamazon?

Concerning saying shir hamalos before birkat hamazon, I have seen three different instructions in various bentchers: On days when we say musaf One days we do not say tachanun When we are celebrating ...
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tehillim division not equal lengths

What is the logic behind the unequal divisions of Tehillim into days of the month; the sections are of very varying lengths i.e. the "longest days" are twice the length of the "shortest days?"
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Why does Wednesday's shir shel yom include part of the next perek?

The Shir Shel Yom is (usually) a chapter of Tehillim said at the end of davening, unique to each day. That applies for every day except Wednesday. In some (many) customs, Wednesday's song is Tehillim ...
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The use of tsere yod in Psalm 2:3

I can understand most of the breakdown of the word מוסרותימו in Psalm 2, thanks to your website viz masculine noun from root אסר with female plural ending ות. Also the poetic ending מו for 'their', ...
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Torah out of order and the resurrection

I remember reading once that the Torah (Pentateuch) is not in the correct order and if someone knew the correct order he would have the ability to do techias hameisim (resurrection). The exact ...
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Why are different psalms chanted differently in the Moroccan tradition?

I'm listening to the Moroccan T'hilim recordings at Torat Hashem T'mimah, and I noticed that, in the first day of t'hilim, psalms 1-11 are recited in one trope and psalm 12 uses a different one. It ...
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Origin of Reciting Psalms

What is the origin of reciting Tehillim as a form of prayer? More specifically, of reciting even passages of Tehillim which do not contain requests for the issue one is facing but rather of praise of ...
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Difference Natzar and Shamar?

What is the difference between נצר natzar (keep, gaurd, watch, preserve) and שמר shamar? Their meaning looks so similar that I would like to know what makes the difference between these two. (For ...
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Mizmor L'Toda with Melody

The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim 51:9 rules that "The Psalm of Thanksgiving [i.e. Psalm 100] should be recited with a melody, for all songs are destined to fall into disuse, except for the Psalm of ...
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What is the “Ode to the woman” of Shlomo HaMelech?

I have read things about the "Ode to the woman", written by Shlomo HaMelech but I do not know what it refers to. Is it one of the psalms? Where can I find this "Ode"?
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Shir Shel Yom and Daily Tehillim

A thought occurred to me: for those who read Tehillim according to a monthly schedule, are there any rules/regulations regarding or prohibitions against or problems with reading the same chapter twice ...
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What is the valley of deep darkness (or shadow of death) in Psalm 23?

In Tehillim 23, David says "Even when I walk in the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil for You are with me". Someone asked me if this "valley of darkness" is metaphorical or physical and, either ...
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Reading Tehillim on Klaf

Anyone know of a source to read Tehillim from Klaf? I have heard it's something more special than reading from a regular sefer.
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Can you identify this Nusakh of Tehillim?

I am looking to master TUNISIAN (or Polish) nusakh for Tehillim, but am having trouble finding it. Can anyone identify the Tehillim Nusakh on this website? ...
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what is the source of reciting ledovid boruch

What is the source for reciting ledovid boruch and lamnazeach at mozei shabbes before mairiv? In the mishna berurah it is only cited as minhag but without a source.
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Why put Psalm 130 right before barchu?

I've seen the custom quoted in many siddurim to recite Psalm 130 (שיר המעלות ממעמקים), with the Ark open, between ישתבח and ברכו during עשרת ימי תשובה. This particular Psalm was chosen because it's ...
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Meaning of the verses ana hashem hoshia/hatzlicha na?

In Hallel (and in Havdala for Sefardim) the following verses are recited: Ana Hashem hoshea na. Ana Hashem hatzlicha na. The simple translation would be: Please, O Lord, save now! Please, O ...
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Why Psalm 130 for Aseres Yemei Teshuva?

I've seen the custom quoted in many siddurim to recite Psalm 130 (שיר המעלות ממעמקים), with the Ark open, between ישתבח and ברכו during עשרת ימי תשובה. Why this Psalm? What special relevance does it ...
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Psalm 121 - when is it said?

What is typically the association for Psalm 121? Is it associated specifically with the yamim noraim (Days of Awe), or is there another association?
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Is Psalm 118:19 associated with Hallel and Yamim Noraim?

Is the verse פתחו לי שערי צדק from Psalms 118:19 associated with Hallel? When is typically recited and does it have any connection to ימים הנוראים?
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Why do people stand for Psalm 100?

Partway through the P'sukei d'Zimra section of the morning service is Psalm 100 (Mizmor l'Todah). Many, but not all, people stand for the recitation of this particular psalm. Prayer books vary, ...
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Saying Tehilim after shkia

I understand you can't say Tehilim at night. Can you say Tehilim between shkiah and tzeits hakochavim (ben hashmashot)? or does it have to be said before shkiah?
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Is it appropriately Jewish to use Psalms as a form of talisman?

While wandering around Israel, I noticed a group of youths asking the public to recite a psalm for the soldiers. Ok, I recited a Psalm. I assumed these prayers were fulfilling what I saw as the ...
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Which tehillim are best to say for the welfare of soldiers at war?

At least one Israel Defense Forces soldier fighting in Gaza is the son of dear friends of my family. I want to focus my tefilla on his welfare, by name, although I certainly pray for the well-being ...
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Why repeat the last verse of “Yoshev b'Seter Elyon”

In Nusach ashkenaz, as well as in "V'hi Noam" of Nusach haAri, the last pasuk of "Yoshev B'seter Elyon" (Psalm 91) is repeated. Why is that?
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Has anyone “composed” music for the trope for Tehilim, Mishle and Iyov? [duplicate]

The 3 books Mishlei, Iyov and Tehillim has some unusual trope notes that we do not see in any other book of Tanac"h. E.g. - Yetiv or munach on top of a word. See here for example. We know how to sing ...
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Gentiles praying in Hebrew

Can a gentile pray in hebrew, and recite the Psalms? I am a Noahide (Chassidic Gentile) who is interested in going through the conversion process to Reform Judiaism. Is it okay for me to pray the ...
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Why is the author of Tehillim sometimes referred to as “The Psalmist”?

I have encountered the author of Tehillim referred to directly as David HaMelekh. However, on no small number of occasions, I've also encountered the author of Tehillim referred to as "The Psalmist" ...
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Hallel and Pseukei DZimra

According to the Talmud one who recites Hallel every day is a heretic. Then, why is OK to recite similar tehillim (146-150) as part of pseukei d'zimra? How are these different from Hallel? Is the ...
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Psalm of retaliation

once a rabbi pointed me out to a Psalm sounding like "You [G-d] are wicked to the wicked" and so on, but I can't recall what it was. Thanks for any suggestion
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Segulah of saying 13 times perek 13 of tehillim

I have heard a number of times of a segulah to say perek 13 of tehillim 13 times. Does anyone know the source of such a segulah?
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Does the verse in Tehillim 147:4 imply that one cannot name a star after a person?

Usually, around Mother's Day and Valentines Day, I hear a radio commercial suggesting that, as a gift to your loved one, you can name a star after him / her. (Amazing gimmick - no inventory!!) In ...
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Where does the proverb “as you teach you learn” come from?

I ran across the proverb "As you teach, you learn" on a list of Jewish proverbs. (Here is an example of it online.) Does anyone know its source? I saw a few cites attribute it to "Midrash Tehilim", ...
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Is there a commentary on tehillim that maps perakim to episodes in David's life?

Sometimes it's fairly easy to tell when David is writing about a particular event such as לדוד בשנותו את טעמו לפני אבימלך At other times it's less obvious, but you get a 'lightbulb moment' when ...
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Can one read Tehillim or Tanach at night? [duplicate]

I remember hearing people quote sources that say it is better not to reading Tehillim or Tanach at night. Does anyone know the source to this, and to why it should not be read at night? Does one ...
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Why aren't Job or Psalms 90 in the Pentateuch?

In the Tanakh, the Jewish Biblical Canon, there are three categories of works: the Torah of Moses, and what are know as the 'Prophets' and 'Writings'. This categorization is outlined and mentioned in ...
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A word seems to be written in an unusual way in Psalm 60,2

Why is there a medial mem rather than a final mem at the end of the word "aram" in Psalm 60:2? (Please see screenshot below.)
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Laining Tehillim

I would just like to know - is there a mesorah for Tehillim trop for Ashkenazim? I know that there is a Sefaradi one (I have heard them) but I would like to know if there is any Askenazi one. Thank ...
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Why does the prefix She- appear in only Tehillim, Shir Hashirim, and Koheles?

The prefix שֶׁ is very common in Mishnaic and Modern Hebrew, but in Tanakh appear rarely, except in Tehillim, Shir Hashirim, and Koheles, where it is all over the place. Why are these books the only ...
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Connection of Karov to Tefillah

A number of commentaries on the siddur (Rabbeinu Yehuda Ben Yakar, Avudarham, and some others) explain in the 5th blessing of the amida ("וקרבנו מלכנו לעבודתך") that עבודתך refers to Tefillah, and ...
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Source for book of Tehillim out of order?

I recall learning a midrash (shochar tov?) that the book of Tehillim is out of order and Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi wanted to put it back in order but was not allowed to do so. Where is this statement ...
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Why does the verse in Tehillim (115,7) not say “they have hands…they have feet” similar to the previous verses?

The verse in Tehillim (115,7) which we say in Hallel says: “Their hands - but they do not feel, their feet - but they do not walk.” But in the previous two verses it says “they have a mouth…they have ...
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Tehillim: can one pray Psalm 119 for themself after having prayed for family and friends?

After saying Psalm 119, one prays for a list of others. Is inserting one's self, after one's own list of others' names inappropriate to this tefillah, or is it designed for healing both self and ...