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    can anyone help me? one thing thats always bothered me.. why do some holy women spend every spare second saying tehillim. i know it goes through any possible human emotion and covers all possible teffilos to hashem. but still can anyone add anything?


    I’m not sure why it bothers you to see people connecting to their Creator, but this article might interest you. Tehillim is actually a beautiful form of poetry.

    “Our findings suggest that the stress-releasing effect of guided recitation of old poetry can lead to a deep relaxation afterwards,” Dietrich von Bonin of the University of Berne in Switzerland and Dr. Henrik Bettermann of the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany told Reuters Health in an e-mail interview.

    “This effect could be beneficial not only in stress management but also for the prevention of heart disease and other illnesses related to irregular breathing,” they added.

    After reciting poetry, the study participants’ heart rates slowed to match their breathing rates in “harmonic interaction,” according to the authors. Further, this effect persisted for up to 15 minutes after the recitation exercises, the investigators report in the International Journal of Cardiology.

    No similar effects were observed when the individuals engaged in everyday conversation, the researchers noted.

    SOURCE: International Journal of Cardiology 2002;84:77-88.


    something from a torah perspective please

    🐵 ⌨ Gamanit

    Tehillim is in tanach. When you’re saying tehillim with kavanah, you’re learning torah as a zechus for whatever reason you’re saying it.


    The third Lubavitcher Rebbe said that if people knew the power of tehillim we would never want to stop saying it.

    I’m sure there’s a lot of sources on the power of Tehillim.

    I also read a really inspiring article in Bina I think from the daughter’s perspective about a woman whose son was not successful in learning and who took on saying the entire sefer tehillim each week and her son slowly became more matzliach. What was especially inspiring was the effect this had on the daughter as well.

    I think for me just knowing that Dovid haMelech went through so much and left this for us to turn to when we are in trouble or just to feel inspired. One Rosh Hashanah I tried to really slowly read the Tehillim and try to understand it more and that definitely helped a lot as well.



    Thanks for sharing that! I found it fascinating.

    Avram in MD


    This is the way I understand it:

    When we bring a korban to Hashem, we should bring an unblemished, beautiful animal – the best that we have. Now that we have no Beis Hamikdash, we follow the words of the prophet Hoshea, “let our lips substitute for bulls.” So our prayers, our words of praise, requests, and thanksgiving, are like korbonos to Hashem. In that light, the words of tehillim, pure and beautiful, represent some of the choicest offerings that we can bring.


    As shoshz said “I think for me just knowing that Dovid haMelech went through so much and left this for us to turn to when we are in trouble or just to feel inspired.”

    I remember learning in 12th grade (we had a class and teacher for Tehillim, best class ever!) that Dovid, as the king, encompasses all of klal yisroel. Therefore, everyone relates to Tehillim regardless of what s/he is going through at that point as it was written through David. There is also an interesting medrash about David’s eyes were all different colors…can’t remember it or how it fit in to this though…anyone know what I’m talking about?


    From asimplejew blog. He has some amazing stuff on his blog.

    One who regularly recites Tehilim eliminates all types of misfortunes and terrible tragedies from himself, his household, his family and his whole generation, and brings upon them every form of shefa, good blessings and successes. And there is nothing to shield against Mazikim, like the recital of Kaddish after Tehilim. (Pele Yoetz)

    The Tzemach Tzedek says that Tehilim breaks all the barriers and ascends before the Adon Olamim, and works wonders with chesed and rachamim. (Kovetz Michtavim)

    Through Tehilim, the final redemption is brought closer. (Pardes Menachem, Shir Hashirim)

    Baba Sali would say that every Jew is required to complete Sefer Tehilim at least once a month, and that there is special significance and power in the words of Dovid HaMelech and they can work wonders. (Baba Sali, by Rav Eliyahu Alfasi)

    As if Dovid HaMelech Himself is reciting the Words

    David HaMelech wrote Tehilim with Ruach Hakodesh. (Likutei Mohoran 156) When one recites Tehilim, it is as great as if Dovid HaMelech, himself, is saying it. The Ruach HaKodesh is still in the words of Tehilim. When you recite Tehilim, your own breath arouses the Holy Breath in these words. Therefore, when you recite Tehilim, it is as if Dovid Hamelech himself is reciting it. (Sicos HaRan 98) In the Yehi Rotzon before Tehilim, we ask that our recital of Tehilim should be as if Dovid HaMelech himself is reciting it.

    Tehilim Includes the Whole Torah

    Dovid HaMelach put together Tehilim in five books, corresponding to the five books of the Torah. We find that the whole Torah is included and hidden in Tehilim. When Dovid HaMelech would suffer, he would look in the letters and words of that tzarah in the Torah and compose a chapter of Tehilim, which was revealed to him through the light of the Torah. And each chapter of Tehilim certainly corresponds to a chapter in the Torah. (Degel Machane Ephraim, Chaye Sarah)

    The Yehi Rotzon, after reciting Tehilim, mentions this concept. It says the first book corresponding to Bereishis, the second corresponding to Shemos and so on.

    Getting Rid of Mikatrigim

    The author of Shaarei Orah writes that the main minhag of reciting Tehilim is order to chase away the mekatrigim before tefila, so that our prayers can go up without any kitrug. (Levush)

    Yiras Hashem

    The study of Tehilim brings one to Yiras Hashem. (Maharsha)


    When Klal Yisroel recites Tehilim with a broken heart, Hakodosh Boruch Hu forgives all their sins. (Mayim Rabbim)

    Ziknei Torah

    Finding Oneself in Tehilim


    Fulfilling the Whole Torah

    Meriting being ??? ??? ?????

    The last letters of ????????????? ??????? ????-?????-?????????? ????????????? (Vayigash 45, 13) spell ???? alluding that whoever recites Tehilim daily will merit being ??? ??? ????? (Rabbeinu Ephraim, Vayigash)

    Segula for Rainfall

    Reciting Tehilim is a segula for rainfall; ???? stands for ????? ?????? ????? ???? (Sefer Hamidos, Segula)

    Meriting to go to Yerushalayim

    The Whole Sefer Tehilim without Interuption


    It is a segula for parnasa to recite any three chapters of Tehilim, specifically, after davening. (Reb Avrohom Moshe of Raspasha-Pshadvars)

    Weapon against the Yetzer Hora

    Reciting Sefer Tehilim three times in one day is like sword and spear against the yetzer hara. (Reb Menachem Mendel of Rimanov)

    Like a Fast from Shabbos to Shabbos

    There is a kabbala from the Rebbe, Reb Elimelech of Lizensk, that one who recites Sefer Tehilim three times in one day is considered as if he fasted from Shabbos to Shabbos.

    Early Morning Tehilim

    The last letters of ??????? ????-????????? ??????????? spell ????, because it is a choice mitzvah, to wrap oneself in tzitzis, early, and learn Tehilim. (Rabbein Ephraim, Vayishlach)

    Tikun HaKlali

    (I cannot do this subject justice here, but a post on Tehilim would not be complete without some mention of Tikun HaKlali.)

    Reb Nachman said that of all his Torah he is sure but of this one he is even more certain. (Sichos HaRan 141)


    It is brought down many places to finish the whole Sefer Tehilim at least 2 times before Rosh Hashana, since the gematria of ???, forgive, is 300, and there are 150 chapters of Tehilim, and to finish it a third time before Yom Kippur.

    Chapter 119

    For a sick person the same thing is done except the mothers name is used and after the name the words ??? ??? are added (instead of ????).

    Sholom Bayis

    A segula for sholom bayis is to spell out the words ???? ???? with chapter 119, everyday. (Segulas Yisroel)

    Keeping Out of Gehinom

    In Tehilim 25 each posuk starts with a different letter of the aleph beis, except the letters ????, which are the gematria of ??????. Therefore reciting chapter 25 every day is a segula not to go to Gehinom. (Found in many editions of Tehilim)

    Woman in Labor

    Arizal says that Chapter 20 is good to say for mercy on a woman in labor. It has 9 pesukim corresponding to 9 months of labor and 70 words corresponding to the 70 pains of childbirth. (Divrei Torah 3:30) The Chida says that one should say it 12 times and then say a special Yehi Rotzon. (Avodas HaKodesh)

    Chapter 100 is a segula for a woman in difficult labor. The first letters of the opening words, ????????? ?????????, ???, are equal to 70, referring to the 70 screams of a woman before giving birth. There are also 43 words referring to the klipa of ??, which also equals 43, from the posuk (Malachim1 3:25) ?????? ??????? ????-??? ???-???? ??? ???????-????????. (Likutei Mohoran II 2, end)

    Sweeten Harsh Judgments

    Chapters 39 and 77 sweeten harsh judgments. (Sefer Hamidos, Hamtokas Din 37, 42)


    Chapter 51 is established on teshuva. (Noam Eliezer)

    Harsh Decrees

    For harsh decrees, that the nations decree on Yisroel, recite chapter 62. (Sefer Hamidos, Hamtokas Din, 53)


    For Barren Woman

    A segula for a barren woman to bear children is to recite chapter 102. (Likutei Mamorim)


    In Asara Mamoros it says that reciting Chapter 121 at the end of all the tefilos, before stepping back, is a segula to find a good shidduch. (Igra D’Pirka 63) The source for saying Tehilim 121 is a Medrash that says Yaakov Avinu said this, praying to find his match. The first posuk says “From where will my helper (meaning wife) come?” And the next posuk says “My help will come from Hashem”.

    One who is looking for a shidduch should say the following chapters of Tehilim: 32, 38, 70, 71, 124. (Segulas Yisroel)

    Rescue from Enemies


    The 15 chapters of Shir Hamalos (120-134) are a segula to eliminate sleep. (Sefer Hamidos, Sheina 3)

    Chapters 1-4 recited before going to sleep, are a segula to prevent mikra layla. (Shlah)


    For victory recite chapter 12. (Sefer Hamidos, Meriva 37)

    Chapter 67

    Many seforim bring down segulas attributed to reciting chapter 67 in the form of a menorah. Some have it printed on parchment.

    For Release of Prisoners

    Many times in recent years Rabbonim have asked that Chapter 142 be recited for the release of prisoners, since this is what Dovid HaMelech said when he was trapped in the cave.

    Corresponding to Age

    A nony mouse

    Wow!!!! WIY this is amazing!!!! Thanks!!!


    one thing thats always bothered me.. why do some holy women spend every spare second saying tehillim.

    Ultimately, they do it for the same reason that anyone does anything — they get something out of it.

    In this case, they probably receive a sense of spiritual fulfillment and perhaps feel closer to HKBH by doing so.

    Why does that bother you?

    The Wolf


    As mentioned above, Tehillim are pure protection from our enemies and even David Hamelech had enemies so who are we?


    It’s meaningful and there’s always something to daven for. I once went through the entire sefer in one night for a specific reason, and the feeling I had when I finished was indescribable.


    You say tehillim, I say tefillin. Potato, potato.

    Shopping613 🌠

    I used to think the same…

    Sometimes when nothing major in your life s going on, you feel why say it? I never tried till a few months ago and now I try to say it when I can…I’m lazy and can’t concentrate for more than 5 seconds, but I it moves you. Well, it suppoed to, the last few days Iv’e burst out crying in every tefillla and kapital Iv’e said…but maybe that’s just cuz I’m going thru some hard bumps in the road….

    Try it, someone dared me, and I did, and I love it.

    You may not feel it the first time…buy and interlinear one and you’ll understand what you are saying and will realize you can really relate to it….


    the gadlus of tehilim is just that. The words, written thousands of years ago, somehow find meaning even today with our myriad of problems that did not even exist then

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