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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 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 ...
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Psalm 34:9 Taste or perceive?

Tehillim, Psalm 34:9 is most often translated as: Taste and see, (that) HaShem is good. Sometimes this verse is explained as to taste and see His Goodness. But Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk interprets ...
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Tehilim and blessing others

Maybe I need to read the psalms over again. But the most psalms I can remember Talks about protection,blessing your animals,and so one. But blessing your friends, is there a psalm for blessing your ...
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What are the roots for the Qere reading of the last word of Psalm 123?

The last word of Psalm 123 is לגאיונים, but the Masoretes read לִגְאֵי יוֹנִים. What was their intended meaning? The first word is apparently גֵּאָה, but what is the second word? The plural of יוֹנָה ...
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Is there an obligation to speak God's praises?

Each time we say the Amidah, we include the modim prayer. In it, we list things that we must speak about -- our lives that we place in God's hand, our souls which are entrusted to God, God's miracles ...
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Are the psalms for us?

Tehilim Psalms of David. They all seem to be 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 ...
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You set a table before me in the presence of my adversaries; You anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.?

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 23 5 .You set a table before me in the presence of my adversaries; You anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Could someone explain The meaning of this verse? I ...
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Words can create

I have heard that for many years. Words can create.Some say if you read Tehillim you are creating. Could someone help me with this question. Im trying to ask. Does everything we say create something?...
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Unusual spelling of Joseph's name

In Psalm 81:6, why is Joseph's name spelled יהוסף? Seems to be the only place in the TaNaK that I currently know of that his name is spelled in this fashion.
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HALLEL Ki Amilam. Patach kamats & tsere

See Tehilim 118, 10: כָּל-גּוֹיִ֥ם סְבָב֑וּנִי בְּשֵׁ֥ם יְ֝הוָ֗ה כִּ֣י אֲמִילַֽם: ‏ The English translation in dTorah is: All nations surround me; but in the name of the Lord I will cut ...
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Does anyone agree with Rebbe Nachman that the Tikkun HaKlali is a teshuvah for all sins?

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Zt"l apparently recommended reciting a series of ten psalms--plus several interpolated prayers--as a teshuvah for any sin, and particularly the questionable sin of involuntary ...
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Is G-d near to us in times of trouble?

In Psalm 46:2, it is said that "G-d is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." How is this compatible with Psalm 10:1 which reads "Why standest Thou afar off, O LORD? Why hidest ...
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Does G-d feed every creature?

Does Psalm 145:16 teach that G-d ensures the well being of every living animal? "You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing"
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Does Rav discourage study of Scripture?

I read the following on Yerushalmi Online: Rav said: As soon as man goes forth from Halachic to Scripture study he no longer has peace. And Shmuel said: It means one who leaves Talmud for ...
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When or where are Psalms not sung in Judaism?

I was listening to a Jewish oration and mention was made of not saying Psalms between (something said in Hebrew). Not knowing Hebrew I was not sure what was being spoken of. Are there times or ...
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Dagesh on Hatslicha nna

I see a machloket sidurim and Tanachim about the Na of Hasem Hatlicha Na in the hallel. Many sidurim was with dagesh on Hoshianna and not on hatslicha na. I searched an explanation. The explanation ...
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What is the Jewish understanding of who the “son” is in Psalm 2

Psalm 2, says I will declare My decree, "You are my son; today I have begotten you."... "kiss the son, lest he be angry and you perish in the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little; ...
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Why should other nations praise G-d because of His mercy towards us?

The shortest chapter in the book of Psalms is one we recite as part of our prayers on holidays and the New Moon: Psalms 117:1-2 (translation from Sefaria): הַֽלְל֣וּ אֶת־יְ֭הוָה כָּל־גּוֹיִ֑ם ...
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Good Tehillim for children

Is there a good tehillim for children? I am imagining a translation, some basic commentary, and pictures. (It should also include the entire Tehillim which the artscroll childrens tehillim does not.)
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The word Torah in the Psalms.

I was wondering if the word for torah is used anywhere in the Psalms. If so, can you please tell me where exactly?
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Why is “we” mentioned twice in the English translation of Ps. 20:8?

In the English of Psalms 20 verse 8 "we" is translated twice both in the translation and in Rashi's notes. I read וַאֲנַחְנוּ as "and we". What am I missing? (http://www.chabad.org/library/...
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Source for Tehillim of your age?

Does anybody know of a source for the minhag to recite daily the perek of tehillim corresponding to your age?
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Why is “(his) song” in Psalms 42:9 written in the feminine form?

In Psalms 42:9, (his) song is written with a ה yet apparently recited with a ו. Is there a significance to it being written in the feminine form?
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176 verses in longest parasha, longest psalm and last page of longest Talmud tractate - what is the significance?

As was already noted before on MiYodeya, the longest parasha (Naso) has 176 verses the longest Psalm (119) has 176 verses the longest tractate of Talmud Bavli (Bava Batra) ends on daf 176 Is there ...
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How does the moon cause harm? Tehillim 121:6

Psalms 121:6: יוֹמָ֗ם הַשֶּׁ֥מֶשׁ לֹֽא־יַכֶּ֗כָּה וְיָרֵ֥חַ בַּלָּֽיְלָה׃ The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. I understand that the sun "smiting" you can cause sunburn ...
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Perek of Tehilim for someone else's spiritual growth

Is there a perek of tehilim that is particularly apropos to daven for someone else's spiritual growth (particularly in Torah learning)?
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What is the shir shel yom for Rosh Hodesh Tevet according to the tradition of the GR"A?

My understanding of the tradition of the Vilna Gaon (whose tradition is followed in Israel) with respect to shir shel yom is that every day has exactly one shir shel yom. For example, during Hanukkah, ...
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Tehillim for success in child-rearing

I have often been given the parenting advice, in addition to everything else done to care for and teach a child, to pray for the successful raising of the child to be righteous. As Tehillim is often ...
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Difference between Slumber and Sleep

In Tehillim 121, 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 difference ...
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What to do if you're still praying but the congregation began reciting psalms for the state of Israel?

If I have not yet finished praying but the congregations has - if the hazzan began reciting psalms for the safety in the state of israel, do you interrupt your prayers and join in with the ...
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Psalms 146 vs. order of morning Brachos

Tehilim 146 verse 7-8 says as follows: עֹשֶׂה מִשְׁפָּט לַעֲשׁוּקִים נֹתֵן לֶחֶם לָרְעֵבִים ה׳ מַתִּיר אֲסוּרִים׃ ה׳ פֹּקֵחַ עִוְרִים ה׳ זֹקֵף כְּפוּפִים ה׳ אֹהֵב צַדִּיקִים׃ However in the ...
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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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Tehillim (Psalms) 27:2 — Is it כָּשְׁלוּ or כָשְׁלוּ?

There seems to be some discrepancy in how to write/pronounce the penultimate word of Tehillim (Psalms) 27:2. According to Chabad.org, it is written: ב. בִּקְרֹב עָלַי | מְרֵעִים לֶאֱכֹל אֶת ...
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Halachot of Reciting Tehillim

When it comes to the daily prayers (eg. Shacharit), there are lots of various halachot of when, where, and how you should pray; what you can and can't wear, etc. However I have not seen any sources of ...
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One Tehillim for multiple situations

I don't know much about tehillim and I don't say them regularly. But lately I've started to say Shir Lamaalot for Israel and I've wondered a few things. For example, today somebody asked for people ...