Book of Psalms

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Psalm 23: Who Walks in the Valley of the Shadow of Death?

These words are commonly understood as reassurance that God accompanies us in our darkest moments, but some ancient rabbis understood them differently.

Ashrei: The Connection Between Trust and Happiness

A curious feature of the poetry of this prayer hints at a key component of the quest for happiness.

By the Rivers of Babylon We Remember Zion

This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.

Psalm 90: Counting Our Days Rightly

The capacity to resist the injustice of the world is present with us every day.

God, Open My Lips

The prefatory verse of the Amidah reminds us that while prayer is mostly written in the language of 'we,' it yearns to be experienced in the language of 'I.'

Pesukei d’Zimra: Preparing Us for Prayer

These "verses of praise" seek to reorient us away from egocentrism.

Psalm 150: Praising God, Loudly

The final chapter of the Book of Psalms calls for a symphony of horns, drums, lyres and more.

Readings Every Jewish Mourner Should Know

These are among Judaism’s most comforting words.

Psalm 23

A new translation and interpretation of the popular Psalm 23