Can I Say Tehillim at Night?



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    Can I Say Tehillim at Night?

    The Arizal taught that Mikra, Torah She’bichsav should not be read at night. However, reading Chumash with Targum, or translating the Chumash into any other language, and especially learning Chumash with the commentary of Rashi – which is Torah She’be’al Peh – is permissible at night. Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights • Full Article

    Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights

    The Arizal taught that Mikra, Torah She’bichsav should not be read at night. However, reading Chumash with Targum, or translating the Chumash into any other language, and especially learning Chumash with the commentary of Rashi – which is Torah She’be’al Peh – is permissible at night. Ideally, however, studying Chumash in any manner should preferably be done in the daytime.

    Tehillim, according to many opinions, is also included in the Arizal’s enjoinment against Mikra at night, and therefore shouldn’t be recited in the nighttime either. It is the custom that even reciting Tehillim in the form of a techinah and bakashah for someone who is unwell, as opposed to studying it, should also be avoided at night.

    Many poskim rule that all of the above does not apply after chatzos, particularly with regard to Tehillim. Certainly in a case of a choleh she’yesh bo sakanah (someone who is critically ill), G-d forbid, one may be lenient and say Tehillim at night, especially if it’s after chatzos.

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    1. Mushky

      What about people saying the Rebbe’s kapital at events in the evening?

    2. Dan

      Is this after shkiah or after tzeis hakochavim?

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