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Who is writing the articles on psalms contained in this website?
Why Psalms-Tehillim?
Who wrote the Psalms? (Was it Barry Manilow?)
Why are Psalms so special?

Who is writing the articles on this website

My name is Tara. I started this site in honor of my mother (of blessed memory).  I am an ordinary Jewish person who simply writes by thinking about the question: what does this word or phrase mean to me?   

I learned this in Torah classes taught by Rabbi Pinchus Wechter of Brooklyn's Institute of Jewish Humanities/Kol Yaakov Yeshiva.   Anyone can do this and it works even better if the reader can discuss the thoughts with others especially with those who are very knowledgeable in Torah.  

When I am translating a word I check with my local ortthodox rabbi or rebbetzin to make sure the word is correctly translated.  The language of tehillim is very unique and If you find anything needing correction please contact me.   

Why Psalms-Tehillim?

Reciting Psalms is a simple way that each of us can make the world a better place.   

Sages have much to say about Psalms  ("Tehillim"  in Hebrew). Ancient as well as modern thinkers have weighed in on their importance -  but the true testimonial is the experience of countless people from all walks of life, in all geographic locations, for thousands of years. 

Who wrote the Psalms?
(Was it Barry Manilow?)

King David wrote most of the Psalms.  He was born Three thousand fifty-one years ago. In his early life he worked as a shepherd with a special gift of music.  Through his life he experienced all the trials, hardships and joys that each of us experience in our life.  Through inspiration, he set his experiences to words and these words have been sung, danced, whispered and declared for thousands of years - touching the soul in miraculous ways.  Other sages who contributed to the book of psalms include: Moses (Psalm 90), Asaph, Ethan the Ezrahite, Solomon, Korach, and Adam.

Why Psalms-Tehillim are special ?

It is said that Psalms are like a special telephone that connects you with the Creator of the World. 

You will make connections with the those who have recited Tehillim throughout history and connections with the Creator of the World. 

Change the world one Psalm at a time !


In loving memory of 
 Saporah bas Yosef   

Story after story is told of a soldier who survives a deadly military battle only to
 later find that a bullet or piece of shrapnel has miraculously lodged in the Tehillim 
book he carries in his pocket but may have hardly read.  In fact, after hearing these 
stories so many times, I began to wonder if it was all about the same soldier, until I 
realized that many of these stories were told by the soldiers themselves who had survived.  

The element of the miraculous is ever present in the Book of Psalms.  Of all the books of the Torah it is the one book in which man is communicating with G-d.   It is as if in the middle of the Torah, G-d says: "okay what do you have to say about all this?  I created the whole universe, I made these predictions that didn't seem possible, I freed a group of slaves and gave them insights way beyond the historical period that such knowledge was possible, I'm listening all the time but especially now David, Asaph, Moshe go ahead it's your turn to add words to the miracles I have created for you" (my words of course).  

It is fitting that these words were sung, and danced and expressed with love and hope spanning the generations, by men and women, young and old, rich and poor, by all faiths, and all varieties of religious observance. - Tehillim unites us all in our praise and gratitude for the One who creates all and who loves and has compassion for us even when we may not be deserving.                                                                                                

"Software for the Soul
-Psalms for Everyone
Discovering the Inner Meanings"

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Psalm 89:

"For I have said: The world is built with kindness. 
There in the heavens You establish Your faithfulness.."  
"Olam chesed Yibaneh..." (Psalm 89:3)

The world is built with kindness (Chabad.org translation). 

Personal Thoughts: 

What does it mean to be"built" rather than "created" or "made"  ?

"Bara" is written in the Torah when Hashem "creates" heavens and earth. "Oseh" is written when Hashem "makes" peace in the heavens.   In  Tehillim 89:3 Ethan the Ezrahite sings: "the world is built with kindness."

Building suggests that the world of kindness on earth is built like one builds a house - brick by brick, good deed by good deed, prayer by prayer. The way a world of kindness happens is painstaking and deliberate.  It requires many hands and much effort and love -even when we tire and feel like quitting.  

To build a world of kindness requires each of us, one by one, to live our life in the fullest way possible. The brick of our life may be the corner brick or part of the support beam.  We may not be at the top of the highest point but our brick is no less important.  

When Hashem sought to build the world it came from His lovingkindness.  This teaches us that no matter how impossible things are to understand, whether it is a great personal struggle or a tragic world event, we know  that Hashem builds a world which manifests His lovingkindness for each of us - and each of us assists Him daily in the great task of building his home.

(complete translation)

Psalm 34

"Who is the man who desires life? 
And loves days that he may see good?..."

"Mi ha ish hafetz chaim? Ohev yamim lirot tov?..."

What does it mean to "love days"?

Sometimes in the midst of a challenging occurance we may remember the day vividly. When we think it may be our last, or when our life is on the brink, that one day becomes all the more precious.  What if we were to "love" our days whether they be "good" days or  "bad" days or "ordinary" days? 

From Hashem's perspective every day is precious. If we take on that viewpoint and love each day, accept each day as a loving gift from Hashem, give of our best effort from the moment we awaken to the moment we fall asleep - the Psalmist reveals "to see good" will surely result. 

(complete translation) 

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Psalms for special occasions

According to 
The Isidore Dayan Tehillim 

To Find One's Spouse:   32,38 70,71,72,82,121,124
On the day of a wedding: 19
To Have Children:  102, 103
For Recovery from Illness: 6, 13, 20, 22, 23, 30, 32, 38, 41, 51, 86, 88, 91, 102, 103, 121, 130, 142, 143
For a Livelihood: 23, 34, 36, 62, 65, 67, 85, 104, 121, 136, 144, 145
For Peace: 46
For Success 57, 112, 122
For the Jewish Nation and Israel : 43, 79, 80, 83, 130, 142
For Thanksgiving for a Miracle: 18
For Being Rescued: 124
For Help for Divine Guidance: 16, 19, 139
For Help in Times of Need: 16, 20, 25, 26, 38, 54, 81, 85, 86, 87, 102, 130, 142
For Repentance: 51, 90
To Awaken the Merits of our Ancestors: 16
When Traveling on a Journey: 91
For A Favorable Judgement: 7, 35, 93 
"If we knew the power of the verses of Psalms and their effect in the spiritual realms, we would recite them constantly"

 - Tzemach Tzedek
3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe

It is recommended to read 
the Psalm that is one above 
the child's  age.  For example 
for a 19 year old, Tehillim 20 
is read signifying the 20th year of life.
Some people recite the Psalm that is 
one above the age of all their loved 

Psalm 1Psalm 11
Psalm 2Psalm 12
Psalm 3Psalm 13
Psalm 4Psalm 14
Psalm 5Psalm 15
Psalm 6Psalm 16
Psalm 7Psalm 17
Psalm 8Psalm 18
Psalm 9Psalm 19
Psalm 10     Psalm 20

Psalm 1

א  אַשְׁרֵי הָאִישׁ--    אֲשֶׁר לֹא הָלַךְ, בַּעֲצַת רְשָׁעִים;
וּבְדֶרֶךְ חַטָּאִים, לֹא עָמָד,    וּבְמוֹשַׁב לֵצִים, לֹא יָשָׁב.

1 Happy is the man tnot in the counsel of the wicked, 
nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful.

ב  כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת יְהוָה, חֶפְצוֹ;    וּבְתוֹרָתוֹ יֶהְגֶּה, יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה.

2 But his delight is in the law of Hashem; and in His law  he meditates day and night.

ג  וְהָיָה--    כְּעֵץ, שָׁתוּל עַל-פַּלְגֵי-מָיִם:
אֲשֶׁר פִּרְיוֹ, יִתֵּן בְּעִתּוֹ--וְעָלֵהוּ לֹא-יִבּוֹל;    וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר-יַעֲשֶׂה יַצְלִיחַ.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, 
that brings forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither; and in whatsoever he does he shall prosper.

ד  לֹא-כֵן הָרְשָׁעִים:    כִּי אִם-כַּמֹּץ, אֲשֶׁר-תִּדְּפֶנּוּ רוּחַ.

4 Not so the wicked; but they are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

ה  עַל-כֵּן, לֹא-יָקֻמוּ רְשָׁעִים--בַּמִּשְׁפָּט;    וְחַטָּאִים, בַּעֲדַת צַדִּיקִים.

5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

ו  כִּי-יוֹדֵעַ יְהוָה, דֶּרֶךְ צַדִּיקִים;    וְדֶרֶךְ רְשָׁעִים תֹּאבֵד.

6 For Hashem regards the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked shall perish.

Psalm 1 comment

"Happy is the man who did not walk 
in the counsel of the wicked, 
in the path of the sinful did not stand 
and in the session of the scorners did not sit."   

"Ashrei ha ish asher lo halach ba atsat risha'eem, 
u viderech chata'eem lo amad, u vimoshav letsee lo yashav." 
Walking, standing and sitting refer to where we are and what we are doing.  The very first psalm begins not with distant esoteric truths but with practical guidelines.  Before I can begin my spiritual quest, before I can reach the heights of enlightenment, I must first learn to walk.  Thus, Tehillim 1 begins with the basics:  how to walk, stand and sit through life. 

Yet, mundane and worldly as these concerns are, who we take counsel from, which path we stand upon, which sessions are we immersed in, what we do each moment .. as we gather these moments together they form a cohesive whole that becomes our life. 

The Psalmist continues
"Rather if in the Torah of Hashem is his desire and in His Torah he meditates day and night he shall be like a tree deeply rooted alongside brooks of water that yields its fruit in its season and whose leaf never withers..." 
Psalms for Parents
Psalms for Singles

According to The Artscroll Tehillim - 
The Book of Psalms
published by Mesorah Publications

These Psalms are recommended 
to find one's spouse:

Psalm 32, 38, 70, 71, 121, 124

Psalm 121 

א  שִׁיר, לַמַּעֲלוֹת:
אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי, אֶל-הֶהָרִים--    מֵאַיִן, יָבֹא עֶזְרִי.

1 A Song of Ascents. 
I will lift up my eyes unto the mountains: from where shall my help come?

ב  עֶזְרִי, מֵעִם יְהוָה--    עֹשֵׂה, שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.

2 My help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.

ג  אַל-יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ;    אַל-יָנוּם, שֹׁמְרֶךָ.

3 He will not suffer your foot to be moved; He that shelters me will not slumber.

ד  הִנֵּה לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן--    שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵל.

4 Behold, He that keeps Israel  neither slumbers nor sleeps.

ה  יְהוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ;    יְהוָה צִלְּךָ, עַל-יַד יְמִינֶךָ.

5 God is your keeper; God is your shade upon your right hand.

ו  יוֹמָם, הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא-יַכֶּכָּה;    וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה.

6 The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.

ז  יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל-רָע:    יִשְׁמֹר, אֶת-נַפְשֶׁךָ.

7 God shall keep you from all evil; He shall guard your soul.

ח  יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָר-צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ--    מֵעַתָּה, וְעַד-עוֹלָם.

8 God shall guard your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and for ever. 

About Psalms-Tehillim
Psalms for special occasions

According to the 
Artscroll Series Interlinear Tehillim

On the day of marriage  19
At the time of bris milah  12
For one's son's success learning Torah  119
Upon giving birth  20
For recovery from illness 6, 30, 41, 88, 103
For peace  46
When the land of Israel is in danger  83, 130, 142
To express gratitude  0, 21, 25, 26, 38, 54, 81, 85, 86, 87, 102, 130, 142
An intimate plea for God's guidance  16, 19, 139
For Teshuvah (repentance)  51, 90
On Rosh Chodesh  104
To awaken the merits of our ancestors  16
To have children  102, 103
When traveling on a journey  91
For a favorable judgement  7, 35, 93
To find one's spouse  32, 38, 70, 71, 121, 124
For success  57, 112, 122
At a cemetary  33, 16, 17, 72, 91, 104, 130 (letters of the name of the deceased from 119)