Look at this answer Tehillim on Shabbos, which says from R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that one may say Tehillim on Shabbos for one that is sick if it is done privately. My question is how to reconcile this with the fact that one of the ways tehillim is divided up, is in days of the week including Shabbos. This makes it sound like it is lchatchila to say the Shabbos portion on Shabbos, not only in certain circumstances. Is there a difference which portion you are saying? Is there a difference if you are saying tehillim for spiritual or material needs?

  • Maybe you're simply learning (part of) Torah Shebichsav on shabbos? – Joel K Jan 6 at 14:05
  • @JoelK, not sure if what you mean is that 1) we consider it as learning not davening or 2) you can have in mind that it be learning and not davening. If you mean 1, what is your source? If you mean 2, I find it hard to imagine that the Shabbos portion was meant for the people that have learning in mind as I assume that those people are in the minority. – Yehoshua Levin Jan 7 at 3:01
  • I meant 2. I have no idea who split tehillim up into days of the week and for what purpose. Do you? – Joel K Jan 7 at 4:24
  • I don’t, but I assume it was someone reputable, being that almost every tehillim breaks it up into days of week. – Yehoshua Levin Jan 7 at 11:43
  • Well maybe whoever it was split it up for the purpose of study rather than prayer. – Joel K Jan 7 at 13:05

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