The Talmud (P’sachim 117a) states that there are ten types of songs/expressions in the Book of Psalms: 1) conducting (nitzuach), 2) melody (nigun), 3) musical accompaniment (mizmor), 4) song (shir), 5) praise (hallel), 6) prayer (t’filah), 7) blessing (brachah), 8) thanksgiving (hodaah), 9) praises (ashrei), and 10) “Praise G-d” (Hallelukah).

Each chapter in the book of T’hilim begins with a headline that tells us something about the purpose of the psalm. The most recurrent headline, LaM’natzei’ach heads 55 out of a total of 150 psalms. A m’natzei’ach is a conductor, and the verb l’natzei’ach means to be victorious. A conductor prevails in creating harmony among the different instruments in the orchestra. A victor prevails over his enemies.

The Talmud explains that the “conductor” is referring to Hashem – our ultimate M’natzei’ach. Our lives are discordant, and Hashem can bring peace to all the different pieces. The word “LaM’natzei’ach” also emphasizes that Gd orchestrates the world eternally (la’netzach).

In this world, we really don’t understand why certain things happen. That’s the gift of emunah, the knowledge that Hashem is in charge and in control. When we have “emunah baShem” (faith in Hashem), we believe that Hashem is the Conductor of this world, and that He does love us infinitely and only wants the best for us. It allows us to be vulnerable to Hashem and say, “Look, if You really are up there and You really are running this show, help me help myself, help me trust You.” Hashem wants us to be in a relationship with Him. He wants us to turn to Him. Hashem’s love for us is unconditional, and not dependent on anything.

Look back and thank Hashem; look forward and trust Hashem.


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

Yitzchak ben Rachel Shifrah

Shalom Reuven ben Shima

Shia Hersh ben Surel

Baruch Bendit ben Chanah Gitel

Chai Yitzchak ben Esther Rivkah

Moshe Reuven ben Sima Taybela


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

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