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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 to Lein Tehillim קלז

In the cantillation system of Tehillim, there is a type of “trope-phrase” called Oleh Veyored. It looks like one word with a flipped atnach/etnachta (called “galgal”, and the following word with a ma’...
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What were David's reasons for writing Psalms?

BH What were David's reasons for writing the Book of Psalms? Are they in chronological order to the events that happened in his life? Did he write some of the psalms as the event was happening?
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What’s the difference between “לְדָוִד מִזְמוֹר” and “מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד” in Tehilim?

Tehilim 110 for example begins with “l’David mizmor”, while 108 starts with “mizmor l’David”. Is there a difference in meaning? Does one denote authorship and the other does not?
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What does the superscription עַל־מוּת לַבֵּן in Tehilim 9 mean?

Tehilim 9 begins like so: לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל־מוּת לַבֵּן מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד׃ It contains the unfamiliar words עַל־מוּת לַבֵּן in the opening. What does this phrase mean?
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Dagesh in שישלם

In Tehillim קלז, should I read the Yud in שישלם with or without a dagesh? I’ve seen it both ways. The “without” option makes sense according to an exception in the grammatical rules of Dagesh ...
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Why are there no Tehillim corresponding to earlier in David's life?

As far as I can tell Psalm 59 is the earliest explicit reference to events in David's life, corresponding to 1 Samuel 19. I would like to know if any commentaries explain why there are no Pslams which ...
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Tehillim - why don't they rhyme?

Tehillim are poems/songs. Yet, they do not follow the standard patterns for poetry and music that we are used to i.e. they rarely rhyme, they rarely have a consistent rhythm, etc. I don't expect "...
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What is the connection between Hashem's battle with the dragon and creation in Tehilim Chapter 74?

Tehilim 74:13-17 recounts a series of victories of Hashem. The first couplet documents victories in battle against both the tanin and the Leviathan: אַתָּ֤ה פוֹרַ֣רְתָּ בְעׇזְּךָ֣ יָ֑ם שִׁבַּ֖רְתָּ ...
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Noahide reading Psalms

Can Noahides read Psalms? I've been told that some can't be read by non-Jews. If so, which ones? I don't want to end up reading it if it wasn't meant for me to read.
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Who is THE LORD and who is my lord?

Who is David referring to when he wrote in Psalms 110:1 "The Lord said to my lord" Who is he referring to when he says "THE LORD," and who is he referring to when he says "...
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Can someone please translate this commentary by Malbim on Psalm 84:7

Here’s the relevant text: עברי, והמסלות האלה הנמצאות בלבבם הם עוברים בעמק הבכא, שבבל היתה עמק ומלאה בכאים ואילנות, כמו שנקראת בשם נחל הערבים, והמליץ תפס תחת הערבים שם בכאים, שיש בהוראתו גם בכי, כי על ...
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I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources?

I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources? I heard that the Hida wrote that there is a link ...
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What does the maid's ration consist of?

In Eshet Chayil (“Woman of Valor”) that is sung on Friday nights is the phrase, "gives food to her household and a ration to her maids". From the wording, I take it that the maid's ration ...
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Why do some recite Tehillim 121 at Maariv?

I thought reciting Tehillim as Tefillah at and after Maariv was not done. Why do some recite Tehillim 121 before Aleinu at Maariv?
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Heter for "saying tehilim"

Rambam writes (avodah zarah 11:12): הַלּוֹחֵשׁ עַל הַמַּכָּה וְקוֹרֵא פָּסוּק מִן הַתּוֹרָה, וְכֵן הַקּוֹרֵא עַל הַתִּינוֹק שֶׁלֹּא יִבָּעֵת, הַמַּנִּיחַ סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה אוֹ תְּפִלִּין עַל הַקָּטָן ...
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Why Yagel relates to Yaakov and Yismach to Israel

In the Psalms, 14:7: "מי יתן מציון ישועת ישראל בשוב ה' שבות עמו יגל יעקב ישמח ישראל."Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the LORD turneth the captivity of His people, ...
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Can you say tehillim on nittel nacht?

Since we say tehilim in maariv and kriat shema al hamita, why not tehilim alone on this most unholy night?
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How to understand the sun, moon, heavens, etc. praising G?

Psalm 148 talks of the sun, moon, heavens, stars, and more giving praise to G. How can we understand this concept of inanimate objects praising G?
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Does the Minhag to say Barchi Nafshi after Shabbat Mincha in winter include Shabbat Chanuka

Does the minhag (Ashkenazi Nusach Sfard) to say Barchi Nafshi after Shabbat Mincha in winter include Shabbat Chanuka? Are there any Shabbatot that the minhag is not to say Barchi Nafshi? According to ...
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The minhag to read chapter 119 in Tehilim in Chanuka (Temney Api)

I heard that there is a minhag to read Chapter 119 in Tehilim (Psalms) every Chanuka Evening (Temney Api the name of the chapter). I also heard that each evening there are 4 letters of the chapter to ...
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Tefillah/tehillim for success in passing an exam

I'm taking my road test for the third time tomorrow. Is there a specific perek of tehillim I could say to help me pass?
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Pocket-size Tehillim with trop

Is there a clear, pocket-sized safer Tehillim, printed with trop ? Ideally, the girsah is corrected against the Keter Aram Soba. Everything I've seen is either fairly large or lacks trop, but I live ...
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Are there online sources for learning Te’amim of Tehillim?

Are there any online sources for learning how to read the Sephardi Te’amim of Tehillim? While I can find recordings, I can’t find any list or descriptions of the exceptions and such—for example, when ...
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Why adding the first verse to Ashrei Yoshvei Beitecha

The Mizmor Ashrei Yoshvei Beitecha is mostly based on the 145 chapter in Psalms. The first two verses begin in the 84:5 chapter and the last verse of the 144 chapter. It is understood that apparently ...
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Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird?

Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird? This question developed after reading the following: כוש: מה כושי משונה בעורו אף שאול משונה במעשיו Cush: Just as a Cushite has unusual skin, so did Saul ...
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Explanation of this verse in Psalm 137

אַשְׁרֵ֤י שֶׁיֹּאחֵ֓ז וְנִפֵּ֬ץ אֶֽת־עֹ֝לָלַ֗יִךְ אֶל־הַסָּֽלַע׃ A blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks! Psalms 137:9 This verse doesn't sit well with me... It ...
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Hurt my enemies or no?

In the Nusach of the Ari during K'riat Shema Al Hamitah, we pray that no person suffers or gets punished on our account. In various locations of Tehillim, such as chapter 35 and 109:20, King David ...
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What is so special about tehilim (psalms)?

I have a very hard time relating to tehilim. We say multiple a day in davening and they don't mean much to me, even when reading an english translation. Tehilim seems like it's really just religious ...
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By what mechanism does the recital of Tehillim cause Hashem to heal someone who is ill?

It is customary to say Tehillim to ask Hashem to heal someone who is ill. I want to know how this works. One possible mechanism is that the Tehillim are the praises of Hashem which must come before a ...
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What are the "19 Sections" of the Book of Psalms in the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia?

The text in question is an end-note to the Book of Psalms in the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Thanks to a friend whose Hebrew is fluent (mine is not), I learned that the meaning is quite ...
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Does anyone know the nusach for אפפוני חבלי מות that is sung in the movie Simon Magus?

I haven't seen the whole movie Simon Magus. It depicts 19th-century Poland. I saw a scene where a Pesach Seder is held. They're saying Hallel and I've never heard that melody for Psalm 116. They start ...
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What is the order of the Great Hallel (Hallel HaGadol)?

Psalm 136, the Great Hallel (Hallel HaGadol), is a series of praises of Hashem. It is ordered starting with the wonders of creation, moving onto taking us out of slavery, followed by the miracles ...
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Why does the recitation of Tehillim 145 three times a day secure one a place in Olam Haba?

It is stated in the Talmud (Brachos 4b) that one who recites "T'hila L'David" three times a day secures their place in Olam Haba. Why is this? What is so special about this psalm that it ...
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"I am prayer" in Psalm 109:4?

"In return for my love they are my adversaries; But I am all prayer." Psalm 109:4 JPS 1917 Someone quoted to me the part of this verse which says "I am all prayer". The idea "...
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Is Psalm 74:13 prophetic of the future or a reference to the past? Was that part of the process of taming the chaotic abyss?

Is Psalm 74:13 prophetic of the future or a reference to the past? Was that part of the process of taming the chaotic abyss?: Psalm 74:13You crumbled the sea with Your might; You shattered the heads ...
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Nature of the stone in Psalm 118:22

https://biblehub.com/text/psalms/118-22.htm I often hear in church the quotes from the following psalm used in the Christian new testament. But in translation 'chief cornerstone' strikes me as a very ...
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How to use the Tikkun HaKlali?

Not too long ago I bumped onto a video on YouTube by user Shaarei Binah entitled “Tikkun HaKlali General Rectification of the Soul with Kavvanot”. I was looking at the video itself, in the description ...
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Which heart is refering in Psalms 51:12?

In Psalms 51:12 it reads Fashion a pure heart for me, O God; create in me a steadfast spirit. Which heart is refering to? Is refering to the organ that pumps blood?
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Significance of the story of how King Dovid came to write the 15 “Shir HaMaalos”

The story of how King Dovid came to write the 15 “Shir HaMaalos” is recounted in Gemoro Sukkah 53 a, b . It seems in preparing the “plumbing” for the future Temple, he disturbed an underground seal ...
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Shir Lamaalot and not Shir Hamaalot for psalm 121?

Why do all the Shir Hamaalot’s in Tehillim begin with שיר המעלות except for Psalm 121 which begins שיר למעלות? What’s different about this psalm from the rest of them?
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How can Psalm 132 reference David and imply that it was written by Solomon?

The gemora in Bava Basra 14b lists 10 people that co-authored Tehillim with David דוד כתב ספר תהלים ע"י עשרה זקנים ע"י אדם הראשון על ידי מלכי צדק ועל ידי אברהם וע"י משה ועל ידי הימן וע&...
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Gra’s opinion on tehillim?

I heard that the Gra was against Tehillim being stated in public to the point where he would even say that Kabbalat Shabbat should be performed at home? I have two questions on this, number one is ...
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וּמָת֖וֹק הָא֑וֹר (u'Matok HaOhr): Why is the Torah compared to honey and a sweet light?

(I am aware of this question, however, my question focus specifically about why Torah is called sweet). In Koheles 11:7, Torah is described as וּמָת֖וֹק הָא֑וֹר (u'Matok HaOhr), a sweet light. ...
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Based on Tehillim 92, would playing נֶבֶל not violate Shabbat?

Does Tehillim 92 validate our ability or the specific mitsvah on Shabbat to sing praises “with speech upon a harp”? | If it’s already tuned what’s the error (to not fix a string if it breaks)? In the ...
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Where can I find a tehillim that is transliterated? (meaning the hebrew is translated on top or on bottom of the page)

I'm searching for something with a big font and that is easy on the eyes.
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Exegesis and meaning of Psalms 18,10

What is meant by: "He (G-d) mounted a cherub and flew, gliding on the wings of the wind". Some claim it is a spaceship-type flying craft. I searched for rabbinic exegeses on this passage ...
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Do any minhagim use Psalm 45 during chuppah?

I know that many Ashkenazi communities of the community use Psalm 128 during the chuppah ceremony. However, there is a Psalm 45 that expresses the joy of marriage no less. I heard that some use it at ...
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How does Targum on Tehillim 51:7 reconcile with Yishai being pure? Also interested in other aspects of the verse

The verse states, "Behold, with iniquity I was formed, and with sin my mother conceived me. Most the commentaries are not available in english (https://mg.alhatorah.org/Full/Tehillim/51.6#e1n6). ...
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What prayers and psalms are read during shmira near the body of the deceased?

Of particular interest are the prayers and the order of reading the psalms in Nusach Ashkenaz.
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Is there a tehilim in Hebrew or English with amazing commentaries?

I'm looking for a tehilim with commentaries that are melaket from commentaries like the Alter Rebbe or Reb Nachman or any of the chassidic masters. I don't mind if it is in Hebrew or English. Is there ...
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