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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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The light is sweet: וּמָת֖וֹק הָא֑וֹר

(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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Is Tehillah 118 connected to Deborah/Yael?

"They surrounded me like bees, they were extinguished like a fire of thorns - in the name of the Lord, as I will chop them off." - Tehillim 118:12 With reference to bees and fire as well as ...
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When did Tehillim become the "go to" sefer in times of need?

Having spent some time with my Tanach over the weekend I suddenly realized that Tehillim is a part of Tanach along with every other sefer. I was wondering when did Tehillim become the book that people ...
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How to read tehillim trop, and if it should be read it all? [duplicate]

BH hopefully this is relevent, since in general questions about the hebrew language are off topic, but here I'm asking for answers regarding a certain practice [and follow up question regarding ...
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Did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?

I heard that Ibn Ezra preserved some of Solomon Ibn Gabirol's exegesis in his great commentary on the Pentateuch, but did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?
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What way of dividing Tehilim by day of the week did Rabbi Menachem ben Zerah suggest?

What way of dividing Tehilim by day of the week did Rabbi Menachem ben Zerach suggest? In a similar question, a source was given, but I don't understand anything there.
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Thought, Speech, Action

I was wondering why the order in Tehillim 24:4 is action, thought, and then speech and not in descending level order (thought, speech, action) or ascending order (action, speech, thought) נְקִ֥י ...
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The difference between Reisheet and T'chilat

I am trying to understand the difference between the initial words in the following p'sukim: Mishlei 9:10 תְּחִלַּ֣ת חׇ֭כְמָה יִרְאַ֣ת יְהֹוָ֑ה וְדַ֖עַת קְדֹשִׁ֣ים בִּינָֽה and Tehillim 111:10 ...
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Psalm 110. God's Right-Hand-Man. David or Messiah? Potential blasphemy

Ok whoever this passage is about is shown sitting at the right hand of God in verse 1. Being someone's right hand man means one's primary or most trusted assistant. Unless this meant something ...
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Borders of Eretz Yisrael: Ibn Ezra

In his commentary on תהלים פרק צח פסוק ג - Psalm 98:3, Ibn Ezra writes as follows: זכר, כל אפסי ארץ - כנגד מקומות הישוב שהם שבעה גבולות בצפון ואחד בדרום I have been unable to determine which גבולות, ...
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What's this recurring progression in Hallel?

Commonly recited from Psalms is Chapter 118, recited in Hallel on Rosh Chodesh and Festivals. It begins (v. 1-4): הוֹד֣וּ לַיהוָ֣ה כִּי־ט֑וֹב כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃ Praise the LORD, for He is ...
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Why the distinction between groups of people in Psalm 49?

Psalm 49:2-3 reads something like: Hear inhabitants of the world, (and) also sons of Adam, and also sons of Ish... Why is there a distinction made here between inhabitants of the world, sons of Adam ...
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What is the history behind ascribing a heading to each of the Psalms?

For exmple, in my English book of Psalms, the 59th Psalm (attributed to David) informs us that it is a miktam and then gives a heading: When Saul had sent men to watch David's house in order to kill ...
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Why do we say LeDavid Mizmor while returning the Torah at Mincha on Shabbat?

When returning the Torah to the Torah ark on Shabbat morning, our custom is to say Mizmor Ledavid (Ashkenaz, Nosah Sfard). On a regular day and on Yom Tov that is not Shabbat, we say LeDavid Mizmor. ...
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Why are ALL Tehillim permitted to be read on Shabbat?

I’m curious why it is permitted to read/recite Tehillim “carte blanche” on Shabbat. By that I mean, why are ALL of the Tehillim acceptable? As we know, on Shabbat we are not to pray for our needs, for ...
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Compilation of Tefillot for specific purposes

It is clear from the Gemara in brachot there is a real science behind tefillah and in addition to needing the appropriate emotional-mind state you also need to formulate your petition according to the ...
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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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