During the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Bnei Yisrael take upon themselves to recite Tehillim, because saying Tehillim is a segulah for teshuvah. According to Likutei Moharan II, 73, saying Tehillim is a great way to rouse feelings of awakening toward Hashem.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov also teaches that reciting Tehillim is an important practice for inspiring someone to truly do teshuvah. He explains in his teachings, “Everybody wants to revere G-d’s Name but not everyone is able to repent. Sometimes a person feels no arousal whatever. Even one who is aroused to repent may not reach his unique gate of teshuvah, 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 teshuvah.”

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 teshuvah. David was a great tzaddik and should not have sinned, but G-d caused him to sin in order to teach everyone the way of teshuvah. King David was the prime exemplar of teshuvah 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   

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

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Yafah bas Monavar

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Moshe ben Henna

Yosef David ben Sarah Rasha

Yisrael Meir ben Daphna Bruriah

Efrat bas Oshra

Yosef ben Tovah

Yaakov ben Yehudis

Yonasan ben Sofia

Ruth bas Miryam

Elisheva bas Miriam

David Chayim ben Leah

Tzviah bas Sheindel

Tinok ben Moriah T’mimah

Issac ben Dinah

Rabbanit Mazal Tov Rira bas Simchah

Sarah bas Yafah

Meir Peretz ben Chayah Malkah

Chaim Yehudah ben Leah

Chayah Ayalah bas Tali

Leah Nacha bas Esther Bryna

Efrayim ben Leah

Avraham ben Devorah

Sara bas Leah Malka

Ruchama Chava Rachel bas Alta Chaya Esther