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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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How can we explain these two pesukim?

In Tehillim 115:6 it is written: הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם שָׁ֭מַיִם לַה וְ֝הָאָ֗רֶץ נָתַ֥ן לִבְנֵי־אָדָֽם Translation: “⁦The heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth He gave over to man.” (Source: Sefaria) In ...
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Question about Shmuel 1:11:11 and Tehillim 83:8

From what I can tell, whenever the word "Amon" - "עמון" appears in Tanach (not עמוני/ת, etc), it's always preceded by the word "bnei" - "בני", except for two ...
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How are the trope / taamim of Sifrei Emeth Sung? [duplicate]

Some books in Tanach have a different kind of trop for the words. (see Psalms, e.g. under בַּעֲצַ֢ת and above רְשָׁ֫עִ֥ים) How is this trop read/sung? Related
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Source for Tehillim 67 after Shacharit?

In many Artscroll Siddurim there is a perek of Tehillim after shacharit, Tehillim 67. Is there any source for why this specific Perek is appropriate to say after shacharit? Thanks!
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Reasons to say Psalm 30 before Barukh Sheamar

Many have discussed that in old prayer books Psalm 30 is not printed before Barukh Sheamar, and some have claimed that its addition in Nusach Ashkenaz to that point is probably a mistake, a possible ...
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What is our “matir” for saying Tehillim before or after Shacharis?

In Nefesh Harav, Rabbi Shachter writes that the Gr"a (and subsequently Rav Soloveitchik) did not say מזמור שיר חנוכת הבית לדוד before davening, as ברוך שאמר is a מתיר to say Tehillim (...
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Is it acceptable to translate ‘hallelu’ and 'yah' into the English expression “Praise the Lord”

My understanding is that Hallelujah (or Alleluia) is a compound word from the Hebrew ‘hallelu’, meaning “to praise joyously,” and ‘yah’, a shortened form of the unspoken name of G-d. It is an active ...
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Psalm 82, G.d-Elyon

I would like to have an explanation of Psalm 82. According to an absurd interpretation, G.d and Elyon are different individuals. In the Psalm it would be written that "G.d resides in the assembly ...
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English Translation Error in Psalm 118:26 on Chabad.org?

If we go online to chabad.org and read the English translation of Psalm 118:26, we currently read: "Blessed be he who has come in the name of the Lord; we have blessed you in the name of the Lord." ...
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Why are Kidneys כְלָי֗וֹת Klayot in Tehillim 7:10 associated with Counsel? [duplicate]

While reading commentary from the Schottenstein Edition (ArtScroll Series) of Tehillim 7:10 regarding כְלָי֗וֹת Klayot, you will find the statement: The kidneys are the seat of human counsel. Why ...
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Does Malaki 3:16 & Tehillim 69:29 refer to the same Scroll (Sefer Zikaron = Sefer Chayim)?

Is the Sefer Zikaron from Malaki 3:16 the same Sefer Chayim from Tehillim 69:29? Malaki 3:16 "In this vein have those who revere the LORD been talking to one another. The LORD has heard and noted ...
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We don't read “kisvei kodesh” on Shabbos?

The Sefer HaMatamim (Shabbos 1) explains the reason we say Migdol instead of Magdil in bentching is because מגדיל היא בכתובים בתהלים ואין קורין בכתבי הקודש בשבת - Magdil is part of Kesuvim in ...
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Refs for Ps. 119 being called “Alfa-Bita” and “Temanya Apin”?

Can someone provide a citation (sefer, page if possible) for Ps. 119 having the monikers "Alfa-Bita" and "Temanya Apei" (=Eight Faces)? I've seen it called Alfa Bita I think ...
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Tehillim 110 - Hashem's place in it

In Psalm 110, posuk 1, there are two subjects spoken about -- the 4-letter name of Hashem (ad-o-niy) and the master (either David or Avraham depending on which of the commentators one accepts). But in ...
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Looking for more details about the other authors of Tehilim: Malki Tzedek, Heiman, Yeduthun and Assaf

Details about Malki Tzedek, Heiman, Yeduthun and Assaf. When did they live? Who were they? etc
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Why doesn’t מזמור שיר ליום השבת mention Shabbos?

The song of the day for Shabbos is מזמור שיר ליום השבת. Yet it doesn’t seem to mention Shabbos at all! Why is this? Also, why does this Tehillim refer to a specific day of the week at all?
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Tehillim 60:13 / 108:13 - ‘the help of man is worthless’

Shalom. The JPS English translation of Tehillim 60:13 and 108:13 reads ‘Grant us your aid against the foe, for the help of man is worthless.’ Does this mean that it is a waste of time to ask one’s ...
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Who are the bene elim?

In Tehilim 29:1, it mentions the bene elim. Who are they? Please cite sources. It seems to have been quoted in the piyut Shinamim by Solomon Ibn Gabirol (page 134 of the Spanish Portuguese Kippur ...
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Vihi Noam at bedtime Shema on Tishah beAv

Mishneh Torah Tefilah uVirkat Kohanim 7:2 mentions verses of mercy being read before going to bed. Shevuot 15b relates that R' Yehoshua ben Levi used to say (at least the first half of) Psalm 91, and ...
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Is a Mezuzah an Angel?

While reading Tehillim 119:164 commentary on " שֶׁ֣בַע בַּ֖יּוֹם הִלַּלְתִּ֑יךָ ", the interlinear Schottenstein Edition stated : Midrashically this also refers to seven mitzvos with which ...
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How did Nachshon ben-Aminadav (נַחְשׁ֖וֹן בֶּן־עַמִּֽינָדָֽב) originally get linked to Tehillim 114:2?

In Tehillim 114:2 [MT], we are told after the Exodus that: "Yehudah became His Sanctuary, Yisrael His dominion (הָֽיְתָ֣ה יְהוּדָ֣ה לְקָדְשׁ֑וֹ יִ֜שְׂרָאֵ֗ל מַמְשְׁלוֹתָֽיו)". The ...
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Source for Tehillim 19:9 after tzitzit?

I remember in a siddur I used in Israel, after the Yehi Ratzon right after donning Tzitzit in the morning, it had the words from the second half of Tehillim 19:9, starting with "Mitzvat HaShem...&...
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בְּצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע or בְצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע

in some siddurim the line in Tehillim 150 is written הַלְלוּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע. הַלְלוּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵי תְרוּעָה while in others it is written with a veis in the first "b'tziltzilei" ...
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Can one say Shir Hamaalos without a Minyan?

During the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, many congregations say שיר המעלות after Yishtabach. Is there any problem saying שיר המעלות without a minyan?
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Smichut or Noun and adjective in Lashon remiya (Tehilim 120)

In Tehilim 120:2 and 3 we find lashon remiya (לשון רמייה) where lamed has qamets: יְֽהוָ֗ה הַצִּ֣ילָה נַ֭פְשִׁי מִשְּׂפַת־שֶׁ֑קֶר מִלָּשׁ֥וֹן רְמִיָּֽה׃ מַה־יִּתֵּ֣ן לְ֭ךָ וּמַה־יֹּסִ֥יף לָ֗ךְ ...
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Tehilim divided over thirty days - when there are only 29 days

In most Tehilim's there is a division of the tehilim for thirty days. What does one do in a month that has 29 days? Do you say the Tehilim for the 30th day, on the 29th of that month, or on the 1st of ...
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Why “I have been young” in Psalm 37?

The psalmist said, in a line we also recite in birkat hamazon: נַ֤עַר ׀ הָיִ֗יתִי גַּם־זָ֫קַ֥נְתִּי וְֽלֹא־רָ֭אִיתִי צַדִּ֣יק נֶעֱזָ֑ב וְ֝זַרְע֗וֹ מְבַקֶּשׁ־לָֽחֶם -- I have been young, and I am now ...
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Is there precedence in Jewish history for translating Psalm XXII 17 “they pierced my hands and my feet”? [closed]

According to Alexander Harkavy's Jewish translation of the Tanakh called "The Holy Scriptures" (first published 1916, reprinted 1936 & 1951) the ending of Psalm XXII 17 reads "they ...
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Connection between Tehillim 68 and the Song of Deborah?

I've noticed a number of similarities between the language of Tehillim 68 and the Song of Deborah (Shofetim 5). Some examples: Tehillim 68:8-9: אֱ‍ֽלֹהִ֗ים בְּ֭צֵאתְךָ לִפְנֵ֣י עַמֶּ֑ךָ ...
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Why recite the Psalms verses out of order?

The Talmud (RH 32b) lists the three Torah verses suitable for mention in the Kingship section of Rosh Hashana's Musaf as Num 23:21, Deu 33:5 and Exo 15:18. The Tur (OC 591) among others quotes R' Hai ...
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Why do the last words in psalms 119:11 seem superfluous?

Psalms 119:11 in the Koren Jerusalem Tanakh appears (in English) to say: "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee". ‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎I was ...
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Word count methods

I asked a question about the orthography of two words in the last chapter of the Shema, and I started to wonder, whether the presence of a maqaf mattered with respect to word count. And if you ...
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h-r-g vs r-tz-ch in Tehillim 94

As an extension of this question, I guess. Tehillim 94 discusses the vengeance asked of Hashem to repay the evil done to the downtrodden. It asks "until When, Hashem, will you put up with this&...
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If one may not say tehillim at night, why did King Dovid?

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

The other day I was discussing with a friend the daily recital of Psalm 83 after the morning prayer, when this friend told me that it was also said after the evening prayer if it was said early,* and ...
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What is the source that says David wrote Psalms / Tehillim while hiding from Saul

I'm trying to find the source of the common tradition that David wrote at least part of Tehillim while on the run from Shaul, but I can't find any sources. Does anyone here know of a source for this ...
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Why is sleep spelled with an aleph in Tehillim 127?

In Tehillim 127:2, the author spells the word for sleep as שנא: Source: Wikisource I found this unusual, as the word is usually spelled שנה in Tanach (Tehillim 90:5, Mishlei 6:4, and Mishlei 20:13). ...
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What is the meaning of Psalms 118:5?

מִן־הַ֖מֵּצַֽר קָרָ֣אתִי יָּ֑הּ עָ֜נָ֗נִי בַּמֶּרְחָ֣ב יָֽהּ From the straits I called God; God answered me with a vast expanse. I put הַ֖מֵּצַֽר into a contemporary Hebrew dictionary and it does ...
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Does anyone know of a place on the web I can find Kabbalat Shabbat sung from the people in a synagogue (preferably Ashkenazi)? [closed]

Here is a perfect example of authentic singing, this is what I'm looking for but for Kabbalat Shabbat. The problem for me is when people solo Tehillim they make their own version and that is not what ...
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Connection between Tehillim 22 and Purim?

A few years ago, I started hearing around Purim-time the song "Keli, keli, lamah azavtani" - ק-לי ק-לי, למה עזבתני, which comes from Tehillim 22:2: אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי רָח֥וֹק ...
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Why introduce the same pasuk differently in Shacharit for Shabbat?

The pasuk (Tehillim 146:10) יִמְלֹ֤ךְ יְהוָ֨ה ׀ לְעוֹלָ֗ם אֱלֹהַ֣יִךְ צִ֭יּוֹן לְדֹ֥ר וָדֹ֗ר הַֽלְלוּ־יָֽהּ Is used at the conclusion of the Kedusha. However, in most iterations, it is introduced ...
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Why do we recite Psalm 150 every day?

Psalm 150 says: Praise the Lord with the trumpet, psaltery, harp, timbrel, stringed instruments, organs, loud cymbals and high-sounding cymbals. We haven't used musical instruments in worship since ...
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Berachot 4b - What's so special about an alphabetical acrostic?

The Talmud in Berachot 4b states: אמר רבי אלעזר א"ר אבינא כל האומר תהלה לדוד בכל יום שלש פעמים מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא מאי טעמא אילימא משום דאתיא באל"ף בי"ת נימא אשרי תמימי דרך ...
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What did Rabbi Yannai understand about 'Mi Ha-ish'?

The Midrash [Leviticus R. 16:2] says: A peddler used to make the rounds of the towns near Sepphoris, crying out: "Who wishes to buy the potion for a long life?" and drawing large crowds ...
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Where is the first time that Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov are referred to as ספרי אמ"ת?

The books of Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov are often referred as ספרי אמ"ת. Where is the first source making this reference?
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What religious music would have been sung in Israel after the time of David and Solomon?

I'm almost afraid to ask this question here for fear of being shot down in flames because I'm not Jewish. However, nothing ventured, etc..... I understand that many of the Psalms were put to music ...
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Two gender switches in one Posuk “וַיְהִי בְשָׁלֵם סֻכּוֹ וּמְעוֹנָתוֹ בְצִיּוֹן”

וַיְהִי בְשָׁלֵם סֻכּוֹ וּמְעוֹנָתוֹ בְצִיּוֹן׃ Salem became His abode; Zion, His den. (Tehhilim 76.3) In the same Posuk סוכה becomes masculine (סוכו) and מעון becomes feminine (מעונתו). In proper ...
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Should I pray to God based on my own merit?

In the book of Tehillim (Psalms), Chapter 86, King David says the following: שָֽׁמְרָ֣ה נַפְשִׁי֮ כִּֽי־חָסִ֪יד אָ֥נִי הוֹשַׁ֣ע עַ֭בְדְּךָ אַתָּ֣ה אֱלֹהַ֑י הַבּוֹטֵ֥חַ אֵלֶֽיךָ׃ ...
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Dikduk question on psalm 93

This question bothers me every Friday night; I have looked at various Bible translations and traditional commentators but have not found an answer. In Psalm 93 we have the phrase: נָֽשְׂא֤וּ ...
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Psalm 34: why heh and vav share a verse [duplicate]

Psalms Chapter 34 is written in an acrostic, where every letter of the alef beis starts a verse. However, verse 6 starts with a ה, and the second half starts with a ו. The next verse starts with a ז, ...

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