Rabbi Hoffman in the
Prayers and Psalms for Community Members
Please daven for:
Yehoshua Meshullam ben Sara Leah [Yehoshua Hoffman]
Ben Tzion Aryeh Moshe ben Sarah Leah [Ari Hoffman]
Sarah Yehudis Krisel bat Chaya Faiga [Moreh Yehudis Fishman]
Chayyim Jonathan ben Miriam [Jonathan Blaine]
Chana bat Gittel - Chana Besser
For Israel and Klal Israel: 20, 83,121,130 and
Tikkun ha Klali [general remedy]: 16, 32, 41, 42, 59,
77, 90, 105, 137, 150
Your age: It is beneficial to read the chapter of Tehillim
for your age; thus if you are 30, read Psalm 31. [Or 30 AND 31.]
From "Jewish Spiritual Practices" by Yitzhak Buxbaum:
"The rabbis took the Hebrew word for psalm, mizmor, from the root
zamar, "to make music," and related it to another form of that
root (zmr), zimair, which means "to cut off" or "prune."
Thus, the Psalms were said to be very effective in cutting off and fighting
negative spiritual forces, pictured often as trees or briars and thorns."
From "The Bratzlaver Seder ha'Yom, #14":
You should find yourself and everything that happens to you in the psalms
that you say. And all the thanksgivings in the Psalms you should say about
yourself, for the kindnesses that G-d has done with you all your life."
I'll add too, that the harrowing and difficult imagery that comes up
in Tehillim at times also reflects how we sometimes feel - "my bones
shudder" when we read the news, why not while we're reading Tehillim,
and then in the Holy Tongue, binding our terrors to their root in Ha Kadosh
Baruch Hu, and redeeming them, weaving them together with the rejoicing
fields and the dancing mountains.
To hear many different Tehillim read in many ways, visit Rafi Metz's