During the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, B’nei Yisrael take upon themselves to recite T’hilim, because saying T’hilim is a s’gulah for t’shuvah. According to Likutei Moharan II:73, saying T’hilim is a great way to rouse feelings of awakening toward Hashem.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov also teaches that reciting T’hilim is an important practice for inspiring someone to truly do t’shuvah. He explains in his teachings: “Everybody wants to revere God’s Name but not everyone is able to repent. Sometimes a person feels no arousal whatsoever. Even one who is aroused to repent may not reach his unique gate of t’shuvah; and even if he does, it could be that the gate is closed. This is why not everyone attains repentance. But through reciting Psalms, even one who feels no arousal can be inspired to repent. The Psalms can take him to his unique gate and open it up, thereby bringing him to t’shuvah.”

For this reason, King David called himself “the man who raised the yoke – the sweet singer of Israel” (II Samuel 23:1). Our sages explain that David called himself “the man who raised the yoke” because he elevated the yoke of repentance through his own t’shuvah. David was a great tzadik and should not have sinned, but God caused him to sin in order to teach everyone the way of t’shuvah. King David was the prime exemplar of t’shuvah, and his pathway is set forth in the Psalms, which he wrote with such a spirit of holiness that everyone can find himself in them and thereby return to G-d.


List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Yisrael ben Raizel Shoshanah Miriam

Eliyahu ben Rachel

Robert ben Mazal

Yosef Yehudah ben Devorah

David ben Maya

Yosef Meir ben Malkah Charna

Amir ben Azar Avivah

Binyamin Nesanel ben Brachah Tovah

Eliyahu ben Zoya

Eliyahu ben Sophie

Lavi Rafael ben Olga

Moshe Reuven ben Sima Taybela

Shalom Reuven ben Shima

Shia Hersh ben Surel

Baruch Bendit ben Chanah Gitel

Chai Yitzchak ben Esther Rivkah

Moshe Reuven ben Sima Taybela

Yosef Gideon Yaakov ben Peninah

Rafael ben Sonya Sarah

Tinok ben Shiran

Alexander ben Shoshanah


Leah bas Michal

Chayah Esther bas Barba

Esther bas Rachel

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Tziporah bas Fruma

Behnaz Chayah bas Yafah

Chayah Rivkah bas Yocheved Kayla

Beindel Frimet bas Rachel Miriam
Leah bas Talia

Sarah Miriam bas Chanah Batsheva

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