The Power Of Tehilim – Key To Salvation And 5 Known Segulot For Using Them

The Book of Tehilim, known in English as Psalms, holds a very special place in Jewish tradition.

Comprised of 150 poetic and spiritually evocative chapters, the Tehilim have been a source of solace, inspiration, and guidance for Jews throughout the ages. Its timeless relevance and profound wisdom have made it a cornerstone of Jewish spirituality and also Kabbalistic exposition.

In this article, we will explore the importance of the Book of Tehilim through the lens of Jewish sources and how you can use them.

The Power of Tehilim

The Book of Tehilim has always held a revered place in the hearts of the Jewish people, extending its influence even beyond the confines of Judaism. In other words, many non-Jews have also used them even while using a translated version.

Its authors span from Adam HaRishon, the first man, to the great prophet Moshe Rabbenu, and the sons of Korach. These divinely inspired psalms, meticulously compiled by the wise King David, guided by Ruach HaKodesh, encompass the entire spectrum of human emotion. Rebbe Nachman teaches us that the authors composed them while in Hitbodedut which, when we understand what Hitbodedut means, makes a lot of sense.

Within their verses, one discovers expressions of joy, thanksgiving, sadness, hope, worry, and gladness. While these ancient verses have been cherished and recited fervently, their inherent power remains a relatively hidden gem.

As the Arizal asserts in the Gates of Unity, Moshe Rabbenu served as the forefather of all prophets, while King David was the progenitor of those blessed with Ruach HaKodesh. The Zohar, in Vayishlach, has already bestowed upon Tehilim a lofty status, proclaiming, “Come, gaze upon these songs and praises that David recited, for they contain secrets and sublime ideas that delve into the mysteries of wisdom. They were all recited with Ruach Hakodesh (the Holy Spirit).”

Within the realms of Kabbalistic wisdom, it is known that a prayer embarks on a spiritual journey to reach the Throne of Glory, a journey fraught with obstacles presented by dark forces seeking to obstruct its path. The Tehilim possess the extraordinary power to dismantle many of these malevolent forces, as elucidated by the Noam Elimelech, allowing prayers to ascend unimpeded.

The Arizal advises individuals to recite verses corresponding to their names at the conclusion of the Amidah prayer, just before the final Yihiu L’ratzon. This practice stems from his explanation in the Sha’ar HaGilgulim (Gates of Reincarnations) Intro 23, wherein he details how, at the time of one’s passing, many memories unrelated to Torah are forgotten. During the burial process, an angel calls the departed soul by name, and the ability to respond with one’s name is a significant merit.

In the realm of personal prayer, it is generally preferable to pray in a language that one comprehends, as Hebrew is not a requirement. However, Tehilim, having been composed at an exalted level of Ruach HaKodesh, can be recited even by those who do not understand the words.

Power of Tehilim: higher than all other prayers

The esteemed Chida (Rav Chaim Yosef David Azulai), in Yosef Tehilot, affirms that by reciting Tehilim, one’s devotion is deemed as if they have fulfilled the entire Torah, and they are granted a special place beneath the Throne of Glory. A consistent practice of reciting Tehilim serves as a protective barrier, shielding individuals, their families, and even their entire generation from various troubles and suffering.

Unveiling the Profound Teachings of Tehilim

Delving deeper into the sacred verses of Tehilim, we find invaluable insights that help us understand of this remarkable work. The six Psalms that commence with the word “Michtam” (מכתם), namely 16, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60, offer a daily connection to the divine, as Rashi, the venerable commentator, reveals. While “Michtam” is typically associated with gold, in these Psalms, it signifies something people carry with them every day. These Psalms thus serve as a daily companion, fostering an increased awareness of the divine presence in our everyday lives.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov unveiled the concept of ten distinct types of song, each drawing from his renowned Tikkun HaKlali, exemplified in Psalms 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, and 150. These types encompass blessings, enlightenment, victory, praise, melody, prayer, meditation, thanksgiving, and the resounding “Halleluyah.” This tenfold repertoire is recognized by Kabbalists as an avenue for rectifying spiritual impurities, particularly in the realm of sexual sins.

While reciting Tehilim holds a unique spiritual power, it is essential to remember that Hashem is the ultimate source of salvation and healing. The Rambam, in his Laws of Avodah Zarah, cautions against using verses from the Torah as mere incantations, condemning those who seek to employ the Torah for physical healing when its true purpose is to mend the soul. Nonetheless, the Rambam permits the reading of Torah verses or Tehilim chapters for protection and guidance, especially for those in good health, to shield them from adversity and harm.

The collective energy of group recitation cannot be underestimated. Many have embraced the tradition of dividing the Tehilim amongst participants, allowing each person to share in the merit of completing a “full recital” at various intervals. This practice underscores the unity and shared spirituality that Tehilim cultivates.

Segulot with Tehilim

The Book of Tehilim, a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom as many of its verses are analyzed in the Kitvei HaAri, and offers more than just individual chapters for specific purposes. Beyond the customary recitation of distinct psalms for particular needs, Tehilim offers a variety of profound methods for connecting one’s soul root.

Here you can also find awesome uses for the book of Tehilim from Rav Hai Gaon.

  1. Completing the Whole Book

Commencing with the most potent, albeit challenging, method, is the endeavor to complete the entire Book of Tehilim. Some believe that the earnest commitment to recite all 150 chapters is a surefire means to receive one’s “wish”, contingent upon the purity of one’s intentions. This ambitious practice underscores the transformative potential inherent in Tehilim’s verses. Many people well versed in Hebrew can finish the Tehilim in about 2-3 hours.

  1. Completing the Book in a Month

For those seeking a more manageable approach, the tradition of finishing Tehilim in a single month is a widespread practice. Many Chassidim, particularly those of the Chabad movement, partake in this custom.

By reciting a portion of Tehilim daily, they aim to complete the book within thirty days, which is also great.

  1. Tikkun HaKlali

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev bestowed upon us the profound gift of Tikkun HaKlali, a compilation of ten select chapters (16, 32, 41, 42, 55, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150). These chapters are specifically designed to rectify a wide range of sexual blemishes, including those stemming from one’s thoughts. Tikkun HaKlali stands as a beacon of hope, offering individuals a means of spiritual purification and redemption.

Many Kabbalists that are not Breslovers also speak about the wonders of the Tikkun HaKlali in flowery terms.

  1. The Thirteen-Day Recitation of Chapter 13

Renowned Kabbalist Daniel Frisch, the author of the Matok MiDvash series, revealed a unique practice: reciting Chapter 13 for thirteen consecutive days. It is believed that this commitment invokes a heavenly response to one’s entreaties.

This method serves as a testament to the transformative power of Tehilim, resonating with those who yearn for divine intervention.

  1. Chapter 119 and the Power of Personalization

Chapter 119 presents an intriguing opportunity for personalization. This chapter is structured into groups of eight verses, with each group commencing with a letter of the Alef-Beit. For every individual or cause that requires divine intervention, there exists the practice of “praying the person’s name” by utilizing the groups of verses from this chapter.

This is considered a powerful segulah, especially in matters of health. The Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism, also conveyed that daily recitation of Chapter 119 bestows profound insights into the essence of the individual with whom one converses.

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Concluding remarks

In conclusion, the power of Tehilim extends far beyond the mere recitation of its chapters. Its prayers are cherished by the Jewish people and have proven to be an unwavering source of strength in moments of trial and tribulation.

The depth and versatility of Tehilim’s teachings continue to inspire and guide both Jews and non-Jews, offering a timeless wellspring of hope and peace.

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Chaim Apsan

Chaim is a teacher and Kabbalah enthusiast. He loves helping Jews connect with true Torah teaching and enhancing their spiritual growth. With a focus on meditation, he guides individuals on transformative journeys of prayer, contemplation, and connection with Hashem. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and kids, and is committed to sharing the wisdom and power of Kabbalah in a genuine way.

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