If one may not say tehillim at night, why did King Dovid? As related in begining of Gemara Brochos. Saying Tehilim after shkia

  • After midnight it's ok
    – kouty
    Apr 28, 2020 at 6:15
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    Was it Torah shebichsav at that point?
    – user6591
    Apr 28, 2020 at 10:29

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Rabbi Avraham David Wahrman of Buczacz says that the law of reading tehillim should be like Torah Shel B'al peh. He cites the Midrash which describes King David as requesting from the Almighty that his Psalms be granted unique status. People should not read Psalms as they read other works of literature. Rather, Psalms should be read and pondered. Moreover, readers of Psalms should receive reward as if they were studying difficult passages of the Oral Law that deal with ritual purity (Midrash Shoher Tov 1:8). but many do disagree with him. However, Rabbi Hayim Elazar Shapiro of Munkacs (1871-1937) was aware of what Rabbi Avraham David of Buczacz had written, but he saw the extrapolation from the Midrash as problematic.

  • this does not follow the stipulation assumes by the question. But the midrash is interesting… perhaps David was different... Apr 30, 2020 at 6:10

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