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There are 15 psalms in the Shir HaMaalos series. According to the Talmud (Mishnah Sukkah 5:4), the 15 “Songs of Ascent” (Shir HaMaalos) of T’hilim (Psalms 120-134) were sung by the L’vi’im while ascending the 15 stairs in the Beis HaMikdash. The Talmud describes that the L’vi’im would graduate from one step to the next, while playing their instruments and singing one of the 15 corresponding psalms – one Song of Ascents on each step.

Midrash Shocher Tov comments that the title of each psalm is not “A Song of Ascent” (singular), but “A Song of Ascents” (plural), because when B’nei Yisrael are worthy to ascend, they do not climb one step at a time; rather, they mount many rungs at once. As it states in D’varim (28:13), “And you shall be in constant ascent.” Conversely, if they fail to follow Hashem’s instructions, B’nei Yisrael descend many levels at once: “you will descend lower and lower (D’varim 28:43).”

Even though the Beis HaMikdash is not yet rebuilt, and we’re no longer able to bring sacrifices, we have the medium of t’filah through which to connect to Hashem. David HaMelech exclaims in T’hilim: “Hashem, s’fasai tiftach, u’fi yagid t’hilasecha – May my t’filah stand in the place of a korban to effect forgiveness for me for intentional and non-intentional sins.” Each of us has the unique opportunity to investigate our relationship with Hashem, and choose how to grow. Hashem is the source of all y’shuos, and it is important that we continue to take tangible steps to grow closer to Him.

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List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah    (Please recite Psalms 91, 102, 103, 121, and 130.)

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Yafah bas Monavar

Chayah Sarah bas Tziporah Svetta

Shlomo ben Leah

David ben Leila

Ron ben Judith

Mordechai ben Ziesel

Kalman Moshe ben Devorah

John Douglas ben Evelyn Lorraine

Carol bas Rose

Pam bas Clara

Chayah Sheina Chanah bas Itcha

Dinah bas Tziporah

Ezra Refael ben Taoos Miriam

Sally Ronit bas Taoos Miriam

Efrayim ben Leah

Shmuel ben Monavar

Chayah Ayalah bas Tali

Chaim Yehudah ben Leah

Meir Peretz ben Chayah Malkah

Sarah bas Yafah

Rabbanit Mazal Tov Rira bas Simchah

Isaac ben Dinah

Tinok ben Moriah Temimah

Tzviah bas Sheindel

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Ziesel

Yosef Yeshaya ben Rivkah Liba

Eitan Moshe ben Malkah

Eliezer Lipa ben Lifshe

Maayan bas Devorah Hadassah

Chanah bas Shani

Noriel ben Rachel

Reuven Yerachmiel Dov-Ber ben Chayah Rachel

Yitzchak Tuvyah ben Breindel Leah

Samuel Antwi ben Amma-Baadooah

Elimelech ben Rivkah Dinah

Mordechai Chai ben Brachah Yehudis

Yoel Yisrael ben Sarah Esther

Yosef Noach ben Leah Tzivyah

Shahram Shalom ben Touran

Efrat bas Oshra

Rachel bas Shoshanah

Rivkah Reizel bas Chanah Beila

Aharon Godel ben Shprintza Reizel

Jacklin bas Yafah

Iraj ben Minor

Sharonah bas Malkah

Elisheva bas Miriam

Shlomo Yehudah Daniel Ben Eli

Shlomo Zalman ben Leah

Shoshanah Leah bas Liba

Chayah Tziporah bas Malkah Leah

Katriel ben Esther

Svetlana Orley bas Sarah

David ben Sheindel

Moshe ben Henna

Rafael ben Frecha

Chayah Tziporah bas Malkah Leah

Shoshanah Leah bas Liba

Rav Gavriel Eliyahu ben Rachel Chayah

Leah Nacha bas Esther Bryna

Yosef David ben Sarah Rosha

Malkah Esther bas Sarah