The name Psalms
in Hebrew is "Tehilim." It is a derivative of the Root
"Hallel" which means "praise". The entire
book of Psalms (Tehilim) was originally written in the divine
spiritual language - Hebrew. Today, new evidence suggests, and
according to some researchers, even confirms, that the original
text of the Hebrew Scripture is multi-layered and leads to a
deeper realm than the words reveal. The Psalms of David (and
other psalms, as well) are believed to have been inspired by
God, and, as such, they are believed to lead one to the same
deeper realm as the five books of Moses - the Torah.
Since the First Temple era, the Jewish sages have emphasized
the importance of praying in Hebrew. They taught that even though
permission was granted to pray in other languages, it always
has been preferable to pray in "Leshom Hakodesh" (the
Holy Tongue). In numerous writings since the Temple times, the
use of the expression "The Holy Tongue" has been known
to be a reference to the divine spiritual language - Hebrew.
New scientific research
proves the dramatic power of prayer in the process of healing.
(See "JAMA," Journal of The American Medical Association
article, May 24/31, 1996 - Vol. 273, No 20. Also see Faith
and Healing feature article, "Time" magazine,
June 24, 1996). The ancient traditions of Israel, as well as
other nations' traditions nowadays, teach us that reading psalms
aloud brings healing and comfort to the ailing, and helps people
to overcome adversities. The ancient traditions stress that reading,
or even listening to psalms in Hebrew, is far greater in healing
power than any other language. The sages explained that it is
better to pray in Hebrew even if the praying person does not
understand the words. An ancient "Masoret" (tradition)
teaches us that the Hebrew alphabet existed prior to the creation
of the world and that God used the twenty-two Hebrew alphabet
letters as his raw material for the creation.
This book brings to you,
and brings you to 100 personal, concise psalms, psalms
of pain and sadness interwoven with psalms of joy and happiness.
Each verse in the book is short enough to enable you to use the
original Hebrew words. These verses mirror my life, your life,
and the lives of our loved ones. Indeed, more than any other
scripture, the Book of Psalms is a true reflection of life. In
Psalms, the voices of the meek blend with the voices of kings
and priests as a choir of needy souls - complaining before God,
crying to the Lord, thanking the Heavenly Father, and praising
the everlasting King of Kings.
Come and join the voice
of your heart to His chorus, whether you are a king or a servant.