(Picture by Yaakov Klein)
In the introduction to his commentary on Sefer Tehillim Tiv HaTehillos
, Rabbi Gamliel HaCohen Rabinowitz wrote,“It is to be regarded as a great and precious accomplishment to have the privilege to produce your own, new commentaries on the verses of Tehillim, drawn from the roots of your soul during the recitation of the chapters of Tehillim, when you uplift yourself to a high spiritual level. One may then discover ideas and nuances, new insights into the holy verses, and even new ethical concepts. Such new commentaries and discoveries are sent to a person by the Almighty Himself, while the person is reciting Tehillim.”
With these words in mind, I initiated a project on Erev Shabbos Tetzaveh to spend time in hisbodedus
and focus on the meaning of a single kapitel
of Tehillim each week; asking Hashem to reveal its personal meaning to me.
In order not to get frustrated and overwhelmed by the size of a project that will take a minimum of 150 weeks to complete, I decided not to begin with the first kapitel
, but rather start at kapitel 150 and proceed in no particular order – other than by first focusing on the kapitlach
that make up the Tikkun HaKlali
I plan to write down the thoughts that come to me during hisbodedus
and post them on a weekly basis, beginning next week. With Hashem's help, I hope to spend time on all 150 kapitlach
and share my thoughts with you.