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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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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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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), ...
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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 Why are ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Text of prayer contains a neder

Sometimes I say prayers, typically tehillim, that appear to contain a promise to do something. Example: " חַסְדֵי יְהוָה, עוֹלָם אָשִׁירָה; לְדֹר וָדֹר, אוֹדִיעַ אֱמוּנָתְךָ בְּפִי. I will sing of ...
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How to say tehilims for someone else

I have a friend of mine, just before a big challenge. I would like to pray for her somehow. How to do that and what exact tehilims should i say?
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How to interpret ומשביע לכל חי רצון [duplicate]

The possuk said multiple times a day in ashrei (psalms 145:16) says פותח את ידיך ומשביע לכל חי רצון Every so often, I see people who are utterly destitute come and ask for money in local shuls. I ...
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Does Psalm 37's 1st verse in the Dead Sea Scroll named 11QPsd start with Aleph?

My question is whether Psalm 37's 1st verse in the Dead Sea Scroll known as 11QPsd starts with the letter "Aleph," because it is supposed to be an alphabetical acrostic poem. The reason why I'm asking ...
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Starting Maariv with Shir Hamaalos

I've found that in chassidish shuls (at least in London and Manchester, UK) that they always do one of the Shir hamaalos and a Kaddish before starting maariv with והוא רחום. Is there a source and ...
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What are the minimum amount of tehillim (psalms) one must recite before concluding with kaddish?

For example many on shabbbos mevarchim recite all of tehillim and when someone finishes a book kaddish kaddish is recited. Does it need to be a whole book for kaddish to be said or is there another ...
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What is "G-d spoke one thing, I heard two, for G-d has strength"?

Tehillim 62:12 Other than Rashi's I have heard another person say this verse means Hashem's words are so powerful that from one statement we will receive more than one message. Could anyone explain ...
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What is the 'ten stringed' instrument in Psalm 33, Psalm 92 and Psalm 144?

Psalm 92:4 With an instrument of ten strings, and with the psaltery; with a solemn sound upon the harp. . Psalm 33:2 Give thanks unto the LORD with harp, sing praises unto Him with the ...
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L’Dovid, Hashem tzuri?

In the piece on music on "Strange Side of Jewish history" from the Yated it says "“It has been said that the only [orig­inal] tune that remains to us is the niggun ‘L’Dovid, Hashem tzuri,’” he writes. ...
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Is 'them' in Psalm 12:7 about people, or is it about God's words

I've provided the King James Version translation of the entire Psalm 12 below: > 1. {To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.} Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful ...
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In Psalm 45:7, is the title ''God'' attributed to the referent described in the verses that precede it?

Psalms 45:7: כִּסְאֲךָ֣ אֱ֭לֹהִים עוֹלָ֣ם וָעֶ֑ד שֵׁ֥בֶט מִ֝ישֹׁ֗ר שֵׁ֣בֶט מַלְכוּתֶֽךָ׃ Your divine ("Elohim") throne is everlasting; your royal scepter is a scepter of equity. To whom ...
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Tehilim 51, "in sin did his mother conceive him", What does that mean?

In Tehilim chapter 51 verse 7 King David writes that in sin did his mother conceive him. What does that mean? I've read a few opinions about this. Does anybody have anything else?
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Why do Rishonim ignore the ta'amei di'krah when giving pshat in a posuk?

Why is it that sometimes one finds that Rishonim who attempt to explain the simple pshat of a posuk in Tehillim (Eben Ezrah, Radak, Me'iri, Seforno), will ignore the ta'amei di'krah (the simanim that ...
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How Does Ramban Understand Verse in Psalms About God's Pride?

In Tehilim 93:1 יְהֹוָה מָלָךְ גֵּאוּת לָבֵשׁ לָבֵשׁ which the Igeret HaRamban brings as a proof that one who is proud dons the royal clothing of God, thereby "rebelling against His Kingdom". ...
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Are the conventional chapter divisions of any entire books of Tanach originally from Jewish tradition?

In general, the conventional division of the books of Tanach into chapters is not based on Jewish tradition but on Christian invention. However, there are some books of Tanach in which various ...
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I would like to find all the psalms that include my name [closed]

Can someone please give me a list of all psalms or pesukim that include my name. my hebrew name is רִנָּה
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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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