Where I live - in Jerusalem - it's not uncommon to see signs like this:

I said it 40 times and was saved

I said Perek Shira for 40 days and was saved. I promised to publicize this.

Sometimes it's about other good deeds, usually it's about Perek Shira. (See here for the origins of Perek Shira.)

Essentially, the person says (to himself and Hashem) "I will say Perek Shira for 40 days so that in the merit of doing so I will get engaged/cured/whatever is bothering me and if my prayers are answered I will publicize this".

Where does this concept come from of promising to publically publicize one's redemption - and how it was done - if one is redeemed after doing something?

Any ideas, hints, stories and even sources are welcome.

(I think the concept of publicising a redemption per se can be easily sourced.)

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    I feel very angry with this practice, where only people that succeed publish their positive results and that creates a huge availability bias. Same is gruesomely true with סיפורי צדיקים where we hear only the positively ending stories creating that that צדיק is 100% effective! And especially with Zedakkah claims (broadcasted freely on every Religious radio channel in Israel) - just donate a hundred dollars every month for 5 years and you will see miracles!
    – Al Berko
    Jun 27, 2018 at 15:34
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    Although saying Tehillim or giving Zedakkah or visiting Rabbis are positive Mitzvah on their own, the whole publication turns the system in a sure הונאה if not a scam.
    – Al Berko
    Jun 27, 2018 at 15:38
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    The last line of the Aruch Hashulchan - Orach Chayim 230:5 says כללו של דבר: לעולם יתפלל אדם על העתיד ויבקש רחמים מלפניו יתברך ויתן הודאה על העבר, ויודה וישבח כפי כחו, וכל המרבה להודות לד' הרי זה משובח, וכמאמר הכתוב: "טוב להודות לד' ולזמר לשמך עליון”. This may be a source for people wanting to share the good that happens to them. Jun 27, 2018 at 17:59
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    Don't they sell in the Shuk T-shirts that says "I said Perek Shira for 40 days and all I got was this lousy T-shirt"? Jun 27, 2018 at 19:07
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    On the verse in Ps. (109:30) "א֘וֹדֶ֤ה יְהוָ֣ה מְאֹ֣ד בְּפִ֑י וּבְת֖וֹךְ רַבִּ֣ים אֲהַֽלְלֶֽנּוּ", Radak comments "when you rescue me I will thank you and praise you in public so they know that all is from Him and they will then trust Him".
    – Oliver
    Jun 28, 2018 at 15:18

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I also live in Jerusalem, and I was also young once, and in the beginning of my Teshyvah I desperately needed a fast and a sure cure for my Shlom Bays problems (also triggered by Teshuvah). As you mentioned, the Haredi neighborhoods in Jerusalem are full of promising publications: just give some Tzedokeh, daven at the W.Wall etc, so I asked my Rabbi Z"L which one should I do to seek my eternal redemption!

And he said:

"You sound like a poor needy man that needs a medicine but does not have money to pay the doctor. So he decides to walk to the doctor's house and sit by the window and write down all the prescriptions the doctor gives to his patients!"

השגחה כללית works that way - you can hear scientific researches and count on them, but השגחה פרטית doesn't work that way - each one has his own private way of conduct with Hashem.

Therefore, it is a generally good Mitzvahs - to say Tehhilim, to give Tzedokkoh etc, but it is erroneous to start thinking that it became a proven cure for everyone. THis approach results in questions like : "I gave thousands of dollars for Tzedokeh and davened Neitz for 5 years, but this pimple on my hand won't go! What do I do wrong?"

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    While I happen to agree with this mindset, I don't think you're answering the question. The question is 'Are there sources for X' and you're answering 'X is a bad thing' (without giving a source for it). It seems like this would fit better as a supplementary comment to your comments on the question. Jun 27, 2018 at 17:13
  • @Salmononius2 Sorry I've read this line "Any ideas, hints, stories and even sources are welcome"
    – Al Berko
    Jun 27, 2018 at 17:39
  • Downvote - agreeing with @Salmononius2
    – DanF
    Jun 27, 2018 at 18:17

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