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Which Psalms Should I Read Daily?

Which Psalms Should I Read Daily?

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Question:

In addition to the daily prayers, I find that reading Psalms helps me feel close to G‑d, and I want to start saying them every day. Is there a custom as to which Psalms I should say when?

Response:

Psalms is certainly a powerful book.

The Midrash tells us that when King David compiled the Psalms, he had in mind himself, every Jew, and every circumstance.1 No matter who you are and what the situation, the words of the Psalms speak the words of your heart and are heard on high.

The third Lubavitcher Rebbe, known as the Tzemach Tzedek, wrote that if we only knew the power of verses of Psalms and their effect in the spiritual realms, we would recite them constantly.2

In the standard books of Psalms, the 150 chapters are grouped into seven portions, so that they can be completed every week, and into thirty portions, so that they can be completed every Jewish month. Some people recite Psalms according to the weekly cycle, while others follow the monthly cycle. Most Hebrew printings of the Psalms indicate both divisions.

If you are considering starting to say Psalms daily, I'd recommend you start with the monthly cycle.3 Firstly, saying approximately 20 chapters of Psalms daily can be overwhelming. With the monthly cycle, you'll only be committing to an average of five chapters a day. Secondly, by following the monthly cycle, you'll be joining thousands of Jews who do the same.

This widespread custom was greatly encouraged by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. At the beginning of the Jewish year 5687 (late 1926), the Rebbe requested that in all synagogues, Psalms be recited according to monthly cycle after the morning prayers and, if there is a minyan present, mourner's Kaddish should be recited afterward.

His son-in-law and successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, would often tell people to recite Psalms daily according to the monthly schedule, stressing that this custom is applicable to everyone. He would suggest this as a conduit through which blessings enter into virtually all areas of life, ranging from health and wealth to spiritual wellbeing and matrimonial harmony.

You can read the daily Psalms (according to the monthly cycle) online here.

Yours truly,

Rabbi Eliezer Posner

Footnotes
1.

Shochar Tov 18.

2.

Hayom Yom, Shvat 24.

3.

On the Jewish calendar, some months have only 29 days. On those months, the portion for the 29th day and the 30th day are both read on the 29th day.

Eliezer Posner is a former member of the Chabad.org Ask the Rabbi team.
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Chabad.org Staff via chabadone.org November 29, 2016

To Ester You can find the daily chapters of Tehillim to be read at this link Reply

Ester November 27, 2016

Were can I find the daily tehillim chapter to read please? Reply

michelle riverdale June 9, 2013

Which psalm is for success Reply

Rabbi Menachem Posner March 10, 2011

RE: when? The best day to join the cycle is...today. There is no need to wait until a specific day to begin. Reply

itche brooklyn March 9, 2011

re: when? the monthly cycle begins on the second day of Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the month Reply

elijah san francisco, ca March 3, 2011

when? When is the best time to start reading the psalms first day of rosh chodesh or another date? Reply

elijah san francisco, ca March 3, 2011

when? When is the best time to start reading the psalms first day of rosh chodesh or another date? Reply

Mahnaz Sarah June 30, 2009

Tehillim Yes Rabbi, I have started reading the daily Psalms, and it gives me the serenity and closeness to G-d which I need and want, thank you Reply

Anonymous February 20, 2009

It is very good to read Psalm 27 & 92 every day. The book of Psalm is very powerful, I am not aJew but the Word of God is life to those how find it. Reply

Itche brooklyn, ny November 14, 2008

Personal Psalm In addition, it is customary to recite daily the Chapter in Psalms corresponding to one's age. E.G. if one is 26 years old he recites Chapter 27 (being that he is in his 27th year). Reply