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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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What do we know about the Leviim singing the Psalm of the day?

We know which Psalm the leviim sang in the Temple each day of the week. (We say it in the morning davening each day.) The question here asks, What do we know about this ritual? For example: When ...
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Source for Tehillim as remedies to specific problems

I have this (rather low-quality) "mini-siddur" e-book that I found long time ago. Among other things, it has a page called "Directory of Tehillim", which is a table where each Tehillim is assigned a ...
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What is the horn of Amalek?

Tehillim 75:11 states וכל־קרני רשעים אגדע תרוממנה קרנות צדיק All the horns of the wicked I will cut; but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up. Rashi explains that the horns of the ...
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Reconciling “פותח את ידך” and knowing people are starving?

Tehillim 145:16 (Sefaria's translation): פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת־יָדֶךָ וּמַשְׂבִּיעַ לְכָל־חַי רָצוֹן׃ You give it (the food mentioned in the previous pasuk) openhandedly, feeding every creature to its ...
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Is there a way to lein Taamei Emes that includes mesharsim?

I learned to lein Taamei Emes a few years ago using this link, which I found in a comment here on MY. However, the tradition recorded there only takes the mafsikim into account, and all the mesharsim,...
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Koren Siddur on Kal Atzmotai Tomarna

(Note: likely not relevant to those who Daven/read Hebrew with an Ashkenazi pronunciation.) This Shabbos I was asked to lead Pesukei Dezimrah at a shul I was visiting, and I was given a Koren Siddur ...
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Dealing with translation differences when reading in English

As I learn more Hebrew, I still daven and read things like Tehillim in English for the most part. Many sources casually say that English is as good as Hebrew when you daven/read alone. However, what ...
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Shir Shel Yom - Wednesday [duplicate]

The Shir Shel Yom of Wednesday is unique that it includes besides the whole chapter of Tehilim 94, the first 3 verses of Tehilim 95. All the other days it includes just a complete chapter. Does ...
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Can a soul be redeemed, based on Psalm 49?

Psalm 49:8: "אָח לֹא־פָדֹה יִפְדֶּה אִישׁ לֹא־יִתֵּן לֵאלֹהִים כָּפְרוֹ׃ וְיֵקַר פִּדְיוֹן נַפְשָׁם וְחָדַל לְעוֹלָם׃ וִיחִי־עוֹד לָנֶצַח לֹא יִרְאֶה הַשָּׁחַת׃ " teaches that (all the) wealth ...
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Why is the end of Tehillim 60 the same as the end of Tehillim 108?

The last eight verses of Tehillim 60 and Tehillim 108 are virtually identical. Why is this so? Tehillim 60:7-14 לְ֭מַעַן יֵחָלְצ֣וּן יְדִידֶ֑יךָ הוֹשִׁ֖יעָה יְמִֽינְךָ֣ ועננו [וַעֲנֵֽנִי׃] ...
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Psalm 41:10 Who is King David's friend who lifted his heel against him?

Do we know who is the friend King David is speaking of who lifted his heel against him? If it was Johnathan, how do we determine this? Psalms 41:9 (Hebrew v. 10) Even my close friend in whom I ...
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Reading tehillim for a gentile

A Jewish man wants to say tehillim for his messianic mother who died recently. The guy is a convert. Is it allowed? What else could be done le'ilui Nishmat?
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Is the king of Israel called 'God' at Psalm 45:7a (so the Septuagint, Aquila)?

Psalm 45 is a wedding song for the marriage of a king of Israel. At verse 7a the lyric says: כִּסְאֲךָ אֱלֹהִים, עוֹלָם וָעֶד The Jewish Greek translation which came to be called the Septuagint ...
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Reciting Psalm 145 three times a day without minyan

As it is commonly known, Berakhot 4b praises the person, who says Psalm 145 three times a day. We do it by reciting Ashrei in the morning as a part of Pesukei dezimrah (Orach Chayim 51:7, Mishneh ...
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ברכי נפשי…גדלת מאד - Tehillim 104

In Tehillim 104. The first verse uses the expression גדלת מאד. The vowels under גדלת are 2nd person, past tense. However, in the context of the verse this is not how it is translated. Why is this not ...
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Psalm 110 in Jewish Tradition

Some commentators see the referent in Psalm 110 to be Abraham, others David. Rashi gives both interpretations. Are there commentators or other sources (Targumim, Talmud, Midrash, and so on) which see ...
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Why would you fear if he's rich?

Tehilim 49:17-18 אַל־תִּ֭ירָא כִּֽי־יַעֲשִׁ֣ר אִ֑ישׁ כִּֽי־יִ֝רְבֶּה כְּב֣וֹד בֵּיתֽוֹ׃ כִּ֤י לֹ֣א בְ֭מוֹתוֹ יִקַּ֣ח הַכֹּ֑ל לֹא־יֵרֵ֖ד אַחֲרָ֣יו כְּבוֹדֽוֹ׃ Do not be afraid when a man ...
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Yom HaKaseh - Rosh HaShanah

Is it true that Rosh HaShanah is also called Yom HaKeseh, meaning “The Day of the Hiding” or “the Hidden Day.” I noticed that it’s called this way because of Tehillim 81. Is it true it’s also called ...
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Meaning of “Honey from a rock” (Psalm 81)

The Psalm for Thursday ends with the phrase, "I will feed with fat of grain and satisfy with honey from a rock." Why is the word "rock" included? What does the word "rock" add to this sentence? How ...
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Did King David's parents abandon him? (Psalm 27)

This time of year we say the Psalm 27 “LeDavid Ori”. It contains a line, "For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord gathers me in." Why might King David have even thought of ...
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Implications of “According to Your fear is Your anger” (“כיראתך עברתך”)

It says in Tehillim 90 (a chapter attributed to Moshe Rabbeinu, if that affects anything): יא: מִֽי־י֖וֹדֵעַ עֹ֥ז אַפֶּ֑ךָ וּ֜כְיִרְאָֽתְךָ֗ עֶבְרָתֶֽךָ: לִמְנ֣וֹת יָ֖מֵינוּ כֵּ֥ן הוֹדַ֑ע ...
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When exactly do we start saying l'david for Elul? [duplicate]

Rosh Chodesh Elul is two days, and in Elul we say Psalm 27 in both morning and evening. When exactly do we start?
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Hebrew phrase/term and pronunciation for “the Lord is my high ridge” from Psalm 18.2

I would really appreciate to know the original Hebrew phrase/term and its pronunciation for "the Lord is my high ridge" from Psalm 18.2
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Tehillim 79 (1): G-d pours out his anger on wood and stone. Is this consolation in view of 79 (2 & 3)?

In Tehillim 79 (1) we read how HKB”H sent his anger on wood and stone (and by implication less on the people of Israel): A song of Asaph. O God! Nations have come into Your heritage, they have ...
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Trees and Rivers clapping palms - same or different meaning?

There are two references that I can think of (please edit in others) that refer to nature "clapping palms": Trees - mentioned in Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 55:12 Rivers - mentioned in Tehillim (Psalms) 98:8 ...
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In Psalm 105:39 why is the cloud said to “cover” rather than “precede” the people?

In both Exodus and Nehemiah 9:12 the cloud seems to be a pillar in front of the people but Psalm 105:39 seems to indicate that the cloud traveled above them. Were there two clouds or am I ...
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Who is speaking in Tehillim Perek 32 Psukim 8 + 9?

Tehillim Perek 32 is apparently a psalm written by David HaMelech himself, adressed to Hashem (I'm not in love with this translation, but it works): לְדָוִ֗ד מַ֫שְׂכִּ֥יל אַשְׁרֵ֥י נְֽשׂוּי־...
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Is there any liturgical practice to compensate for the various lengths of psalms?

There's quite a lot of variation in the length of the individual psalms (e.g., 117 and 119). In Jewish liturgical practice, is there any system for evening that out? Or is the variation in the time it ...
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End note in ספרי אמ״ת

I asked here and was answered here that there exists free means on the internet to learn the trup of Tehilim, siferei emes. Someone even linked a YouTube video of a kid reading with the trup. ...
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Psalm 23 and Shabbat

In many siddurim and benchers, I notice that Psalm 23 is included as part of zemirot and / or Kiddush on Shabbat. I don't think I've seen it as part of Friday night, but I have seen it at the ...
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Layout of Shirim in Tanakh

In the Tanakh Simanim, primarily Tehillim, (Feldheim) much of Ketuvim is written in a "shir format" where there are lots of line breaks and open spaces, not unlike Hazinu, Shirat HaYam or Shirat ...
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Tehillim 119 — what vav's to pronounce

I was saying Tehilim recently and I got up to 119, and when I reached the first "Aydosecha" I remembered that sometimes the vav is pronounced (a.k.a, there's a cholam above the normal vav), so it ...
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Why say V'Hu Rachum at Ma'ariv only when saying Barchu?

Siddurim usually print Psalms 78:38 and 20:10 (V'Hu Rachum) before Barchu at the beginning of the evening service. It is my understanding that it is desirable to begin a service with a psalm as ...
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Tehilim Chapter 34 according to Aleph Bet

Is there an explanation for why this chapter of tehilim was written according to the Aleph Bet, and why it skips the vav?
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in what ways are the songs of ascent characterized by epigrammaticism?

According to Wikipedia, the Songs of Ascent are "characterized by brevity, by a key-word, by epanaphora [i.e., repetition], and by their epigrammatic style.... " Epigrams are defined as "brief, ...
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Why do yekkes say Shir Mizmor Le'Osof each morning?

There is a very old Minhag Ashkenaz (i.e. practiced by yekkes) that every day after Shacharis (or Musaf) one says Psalm 83 (Shir Mizmor LeOsof). I have done this for a long time, however I am yet to ...
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Minhag of saying Tehillim 128 at the chuppah

I attended my friend's daughter's wedding last night. Just after saying Im Eshkachech and just prior to breaking the glass, the couple and all standing next to the chuppa recited Tehillim (Psalms) 128....
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Source for saying seven specific psalms in the cemetery

What is the source as cited in the ArtScroll Tehillim for saying chapters 33, 16, 17, 82, 91, 104, and 130 of Tehillim in a bais hachayim (Jewish cemetery)? Why specifically these chapters and why in ...
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What does “Yeshuos Panai” mean exactly?

I am a bit confused on the wording of Tehillim 42. Verse 6 states: :מַה־תִּֽשְׁתּ֬וֹחֲחִ֨י | נַפְשִׁי֘ וַתֶּֽהֱמִ֪י עָ֫לָ֥י הוֹחִ֣ילִי לֵֽ֖אלֹהִים כִּי־ע֥וֹד אוֹדֶ֗נּוּ יְשׁוּע֥וֹת פָּנָֽיו ...
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Was Psalm 29 derived from Canaanite sources?

One question, people say that (Psalm 29) was originally a Canaanite psalm for their storm god Baal-Hadad and there seems to be verses in (Psalm 29) which supports this. Especially with verse 3 which ...
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Vihi Noam customs

In my siddur, I noticed when reciting Psalm 91 (for example, Kriyas Shema shel Mitah, Pesukei Dezimra Shabbos morning, Maariv Motzei Shabbos), there are two unusual things indicated: The last verse ...
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Source for Shir Shel Yom of the Gra

There is a custom of the Gra to replace the regular shir shel yom on holidays and various other special days with a psalm specific to that day. (This custom is followed by many Nusach Ashkenaz ...
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Psalms for Festivals

There are Nuschaot (eg the Gra's) that recite specific Psalms on individual Festival days, instead of the Psalm of the day of the week. Presumably this is based on what was done in the Temple. Where ...
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Which Perek of Tehillim did David Hamelech compose regarding when he and his army came back to Ziklag (Shmuel 1; 30,1)?

I believe I read that there is a Perek of Tehillim (Psalms) that David Hamelech composed regarding when he and his army came back to Ziklag, and they saw that their wives and children were captured by ...
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Tehillim for a general bracha for someone else

I want to be able to say a perek (or a few perakim) of Tehillim to daven for a general bracha for a friend. Not anything specific, just that Hashem answer their requests and generally bless them. ...
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Vilna Gaon: Tehillim's prophecy about Eisav and Yishmael

I heard once in a class where the Rabbi taught a teaching from the Vilna Gaon on Tehillim 20:8: אֵ֣לֶּה בָ֭רֶכֶב וְאֵ֣לֶּה בַסּוּסִ֑ים וַאֲנַ֓חְנוּ ׀ בְּשֵׁם־יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵ֣ינוּ נַזְכִּֽיר׃ ...
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Sefer Tehillim and Megillas Esther

Chazal give the following list of names for books of Tanach (Bava Basra 14b): סידרן של כתובים רות וספר תהלים ואיוב ומשלי קהלת שיר השירים וקינות דניאל ומגילת אסתר עזרא ודברי הימים The order of ...
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Why are these the examples of HaShem abrogating nature?

The Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 14:1) presents several expositions of the following verses (Tehillim 60:9-10): To Me is Gilead and to Me is Menasheh. Ephraim is the stronghold of My head, and Yehudah ...
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Hiriq yud ending for third person

This question pertains to Psalm 113. In verses 6,7,8,and 9 the ending hiriq yud seems to be used to indicate third person singular verbs rather than first person singular. Is this true? It is the ...
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Saying Tehillim for a sick person

There is a custom to say Pesukim from Tehillim 119 based on a person's Hebrew name when they are sick. (See, for example, here and here.) How are these Pesukim said? For example, my name is דניאל ...