Chapter: 14 – Pesukei d’Zimrah

01 – The Reason for Its Recital

The appropriate sequence of prayer is to begin by praising Hashem and only afterwards to approach Him with our requests. We learn this from Moshe Rabbeinu who commenced his prayer with words of praise, saying (Deuteronomy 3:24), “Hashem, God, You … Continue reading

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02 – What Are Pesukei d’Zimrah?

The main part of Pesukei d’Zimrah is the last six chapters in the book of Psalms, the most significant being the first, “Tehillah L’David” (Psalm 145). One who recites it three times daily is ensured a place in the World … Continue reading

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03 – Customs and Kavanah Regarding Their Recital

Pesukei d’Zimrah are to be recited in a relaxed manner and not hastily (Shulchan Aruch 51:8). Baruch She’amar possesses a special virtue and alludes to sublime matters; therefore, it is customary to recite it while standing (Mishnah Berurah 51:1, Kaf … Continue reading

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04 – The Laws Concerning Interruptions in Pesukei d’Zimrah

Because Pesukei d’Zimrah are surrounded by berachot – Baruch She’amar before and Yishtabach after them – they are considered one segment and interruptions in the middle of their recital are forbidden. However, in cases of a great need, such as … Continue reading

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05 – What Parts May Be Omitted to Enable Praying in a Minyan?

When a person arrives late to synagogue and notices that the congregation is about to finish reciting Pesukei d’Zimrah, it is better that he omit some parts of Pesukei d’Zimrah (most of Birkot HaShachar, Korbanot, and some other passages) in … Continue reading

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06 – The Order of Preference Regarding Omissions

We learned in the previous halachah that one must always recite Birkat Elokai Neshamah and Birkot HaTorah before saying the Amidah, put on tallit and tefillin, say Baruch She’amar, Ashrei, and Yishtabach, and continue onwards to Birkot Keriat Shema. Therefore, … Continue reading

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