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 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 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 G-d 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 Hashem.

 List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

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

 Boris Baruch ben Frecha Frida

Alter Shmuel ben Chavah Leah

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Chaim Yitzchak ben Feiga Hinda

Yitzchak Chaim ben Altoon Aura

Yosef Yitzchak ben Gittel

Eliezer ben Roma

Yosef Ezriel ben Chayah Michal

Aharon ben Feiga

Menachem Mendel ben Gitta Perel

Moshe ben Rachel

Yitzchak Nissim ben Luna

David ben Zina Priyev

Yosef ben Zackie

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Asher ben Rima

Tinok ben Chanah

Yechiel Nasan ben Sarah

Chaim Shmuel ben Leah

Shlomo Chaim ben Liza

Meir Moshe ben Ilanah

David Yehudah ben Maya Mazal

Avraham Refael ben Esther

Yisrael Meir ben Daphne Bruriah

Rafael ben Zilpah

Eitan Moshe ben Tal

Moshe ben Shoshanah

Gavriel ben Simi

Mordechai ben Evelyn Chavah


 Miriam bas Orah

Esther Pesel bas Beila Chayah

Minna Rivkah bas Chanah Frahdl

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Leah bas Malkah

Avigayil bas Sarah

Ronit bas Olga

Perel bas Nechamah

Tehilah Hadassah bas Elanah

Berta Duchtar bas Rivkah

Avivah bas Yehudis

Chanah Chayah bas Rivkah Breina

Rivkah Esther bas Nina Naomi

Miriam bas Esther

Casey Naomi bas Larisa

Shaindel Frana bas Gittel

Mahnaz Ilanit bas Nosrat

Yaffah bas Nava Natali

Pnir bas Sarah

Alana bas Esther

Hadassah Liana bas Chavah Brachah

Shulamis bas Esther

Esther bas Naomi

Yocheved Esther bas Devorah Henya

Devorah Henya bas Rivkah Leah

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