Section: Questions Category: Halacha
|Halacha - Tehilim Group|
|Submitted by Sarah Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh|
|Question: I would like to run a Tehilim group for a sick friend, however I've never done it before. Can I ask you a few questions? 1) How long should the tehilim group run for? Is there a specified length, like 30 days or 45 days or as long as needed? 2) Does each participant have to recite a "bli neder" that he/she is partaking this mitzvah to complete however many chapters each day? 3) Are we required to have at least two participants sharing a perek/perakim to ensure that the entire sefer is completed? 4) Do we need to complete an entire sefer each day? If we don't complete a sefer a day, is it still worthwhile? 5) What's the best time of day to recite tehilim? During the day, evening, or midnight? Any other important information that we need to know to run a successful Tehilim group? Thank you very much, Sarah
Congratulations on this noble undertaking to help your friend.
1) Ideally, Tehillim should be recited as long as needed. There are those who recommend 40 days, commemorating the 40 days Moshe Rabbeinu davened for atonement on the Chet HaEgel.
2) It is not necessary to say "Bli Neder" before each time Tehillim is recited. However, if one commits to do so on a regular basis the stipulation should be added that it is not intended as an oath.
3) No, any amount is significant.
4) It is better not to recite Tehillim from sunset to midnight. However, if this is the most convenient time, it is also permitted.
5) I'm not sure I fully understand this question, but I don't see any requirement to sign up two people for the same Kapital.
6) It should be said as soon as you remember.
I hope this is helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.