I'm pretty sure I heard this at Shul: Someone asked R' Zilberstein if he's allowed to publicly praise his living mother, if she doesn't want to be honored. So I think R' Zilvberstein answered that David Hamelech's mother didn't want to be mentioned in Tehillim. So David Hamelech followed her request, and only wrote a remez (hint) to her name.

I think but I don't remember for sure, that he said her name was נצבת Nitzevet. But I may be wrong.

(I don't have contact information for the Shul I davened for that minyan.) Does anyone know where the remez in Tehillim is, and what her name is?

Thank you very much


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This is famously mentioned along with some other people’s mothers in the Talmud (Bava Basra 91a), including Avraham and Haman:

אמיה דדוד נצבת בת עדאל שמה אמיה דשמשון צללפונית ואחתיה נשיין למאי נפקא מינה לתשובת המינים

Rav Ḥanan bar Rava continues: The mother of David was named Natzvat bat Ada’el. The mother of Samson was named Tzelelponit, and his sister was called Nashyan. The Gemara asks: What is the practical difference as to what their names were? The Gemara answers: It is important with regard to an answer for heretics who inquire into the names of these women, which are not stated in the Bible. One can reply that there is a tradition handed down concerning their names (Sefaria Translation).

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    FWIW a quick search on Sefaria yields no results for any mention of נצבת in Tehillim, so whatever the remez is, it’s not just changing the vowels. However, I did notice that Chanah refers to herself as the אשה הנצבת (Shmuel 1:1:26), so perhaps there’s a connection there, between Shmuel’s mother and David’s.
    – DonielF
    Sep 18, 2019 at 3:26
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    @DonielF נצבת בת עדאל = נצב בעדת אל (Double AA posted this link)
    – b a
    Sep 18, 2019 at 14:18
  • thank you to Double AA and Dr Shmuel
    – Ari
    Sep 22, 2019 at 19:35

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