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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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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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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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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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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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Mizmor L'Toda with Melody

In the context of p'sukei d'zimra, the Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim 51:9 rules that "The Psalm of Thanksgiving [i.e. Psalm 100] should be recited with a melody, for all songs are destined to fall ...
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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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Difference between Slumber and Sleep

In Tehillim 121:4, David says of Hashem: "הִנֵּה לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵל." At first glance, this appears redundant, נום means slumber and שנה means sleep. What is the ...
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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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Are the Psalms for us?

The Psalms of David all seem to be about his joy or his sadness, crying out to Hashem. But to make it clear, are these Psalms for us as well: when we sing them do we also pray them? Or are we talking ...
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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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Who instituted this Tehillim division? [duplicate]

I found this division of monthly Tehillim in the Artscroll Sefer: Day 1 — Psalms 1-9 Day 2 — Psalms 10-17 Day 3 — Psalms 18-22 Day 4 — Psalms 23-28 Day 5 — Psalms 29-34 Day 6 — Psalms 35-38 Day 7 — ...
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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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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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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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Difference in Tehillim 82:7 quoted in Avodah Zarah 5a

This is Tehillim 82:7 in Masoretic: אֲנִי-אָמַרְתִּי, אֱלֹהִים אַתֶּם; וּבְנֵי עֶלְיוֹן כֻּלְּכֶם Yet, see the following passage in Avodah Zarah 5a where Tehillim 82:6-7 is quoted by Rabbi Yose, ...
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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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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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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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Tehillim on Shabbos

Seeing that we 'avoid making requests' on Shabbos, may one say Tehillim privately on shabbos for sick, not life-pressing, individuals? Is the halacha different if saying the mishaberach after ...
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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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Was Psalm 40:7 specific to David or is there a more general application?

Sacrifice and meal-offering Thou hast no delight in; Mine ears hast Thou opened; Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast Thou not required. (JPS) How has Psalm 40:7 been interpreted given that the Torah ...
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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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Leining Tehillim

I would just like to know - is there a mesorah for Tehillim trop for Ashkenazim? I know that there is a Sefaradi one (I have heard them) but I would like to know if there is any Askenazi one. Thank ...
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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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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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Grammatical difficulty in root אשר (happy)

The root אשר seems to act weirdly in relation to number. On the one hand, it takes on plural morphology in situations that are clearly singular, here in the form of a plural (const.) noun (...
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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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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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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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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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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 did ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Psalm 110 considered messianic?

How do Jews interpret Psalm 110? (Christians see it as a messianic reference.) I am specifically interested in verse 1 - "The Lord saith unto my lord." Jesus quotes this in Matthew 22:44, and ...
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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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Gentiles praying in Hebrew

Can a gentile pray in hebrew, and recite the Psalms? I am a Noahide (Chassidic Gentile) who is interested in going through the conversion process to Reform Judaism. Is it okay for me to pray the ...
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Nun in Ashrei- Psalm 145

The prayer Ashrei, which we recite three times a day, is an acrostic consisting of all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet except for nun (נ). Why is the nun omitted?
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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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Location of Dead Sea Scroll with Psalm 22 verse 17 - They pierced my hands and my feet

Can you give me a link to where I can confirm that the Dead Sea Scrolls state 'they pierced' and not 'lion'?
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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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