Chapter: Chapter 15: Korbanot and Pesukei De-zimra

01. Women’s Recitation of Korbanot: A Pious Custom

Thus far, we have studied laws that pertain to men and women alike, such as netilat yadayim, Birkhot Ha-shaĥar, Birkhot Ha-Torah, and the Amida. In the next chapters we will learn about prayers that were instituted for men as an … Continue reading

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02. The Custom of Reciting Korbanot and its Reason

The Sages teach (Ta’anit 27b and Megilla 31b) that when God entered a covenant with Avraham and promised him that he and his children would inherit Eretz Yisrael, Avraham asked God, “Master of the universe, perhaps, God forbid, Israel will … Continue reading

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03. The Reason for the Recitation of Pesukei De-zimra

The proper order of prayer is to begin by praising God and only then to petition Him. We learn this from Moshe, who opened his prayer with words of praise, saying (Devarim 3:24), “Lord, God, You have begun to show … Continue reading

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04. Is the Recitation of Pesukei De-zimra Obligatory?

Originally, during the time of the Tanna’im, the recitation of Pesukei De-zimra was considered to be a pious act, praised by the Sages. The Sages instituted opening Pesukei De-zimra with Barukh She-amar and ending it with Yishtabaĥ. As time went … Continue reading

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05. What Are Pesukei De-zimra?

The main part of Pesukei De-zimra is the last six psalms in Tehilim (145-150), the most important being the first (145, “Tehilla Le-David”). Customarily, this psalm is introduced with the verses beginning with the word “ashrei,” and that psalm is … Continue reading

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06. Customs and Kavana Regarding Its Recitation

Barukh She-amar possesses a special quality and alludes to sublime matters, and it is therefore customary to recite it while standing (MB 51:1, Kaf Ha-ĥayim 1). According to Ashkenazic custom, one also stands while reciting Yishtabaĥ, which ends Pesukei De-zimra. … Continue reading

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07. The Order of Preference for Omissions

A woman who wants to recite Pesukei De-zimra and its berakhot but does not have time to recite the whole thing may recite the main parts. She begins with Barukh She-amar, recites the six psalms from Ashrei until the end … Continue reading

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