There are a total of 36 psalms that are introduced with the word Mizmor.  The simple meaning of the word “mizmor” is “musical accompaniment,” but the root word zameir also means “pruning,” as in “tizmor karm’cha–prune your vineyard” (Sefer VaYikra, Parshas B’Har).  A tree cannot flourish if its vitality is sapped by damaged bark and diseased branches.  Cutting away the undesirable portions assures the continued growth of a thriving tree.  Without regular pruning, a tree will fail to produce fruit.  The same concept of pruning a plant to increase growth also applies to spiritual development.  Proper pruning involves identifying and ridding ourselves of undesirable traits and modes of action that sap our energy.  Such inner work is difficult, but its rewards are unequaled.  

According to Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe (Levush, 1530-1621), there is an evil force in this world created from all our sins that prevents our t’filos from reaching the Kisei HaKavod – the eternal throne.  The psalms prune away these obstacles.  When we say T’hilim, these forces are destroyed and our t’filos are able to reach the highest point, the Kisei HaKavod.  This is the reason we say T’hilim before Sh’ma and Sh’moneh EsreiT’hilim chases away spiritual forces that might disrupt our prayers and allows our t’filos to rise.

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(Please recite Psalms 91, 102, 103, 121, and 130.)

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Yaffah 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 Yaffah

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 Yaffah

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