Psalms — Themes & Highlights

Brief Introduction

Moses presented Israel with the Five Books of the Torah and David presented Israel with the Five Books of Psalms. Moses ~concluded the Torah with the blessing ‘How praiseworthy are you, Israel, who can compare to you? (Deuteronomy 33:29). David began his psalms with ‘The praises of man.’ (Midrash Shocher Tov, Yalkut)

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The second Book of Psalms

10 men contributed songs to the Book of Psalms: Adam, Malchizedek, Abraham, Moses, Heiman, Yedusun, Assaf, and the sons of Korach (Rashi on Psalms 1:1).

Third Book of Psalms

Whereas the first two books are primarily dedicated to specific personal events in the lives of individuals, the latter books emphasise universal themes demonstrating HASHEM’s greatness & goodness.

Fourth Book of Psalms

The 4th book of Psalms beings with 10 psalms authored by Moses, corresponding to the ~11 blessings (excluding Shimon bc they led a big orgy in the book of Numbers that resulted in the death of 1000s ) he gave to the tribes before his passing, echoing Jacob’s behavior at the end of Genesis.

Fifth Book of Psalms

Psalm 107

  • ALEPH
  • It follows the order of the Hebrew alphabet, indicating this psalm is both fundamental and contains an orderly program for life and progress toward G-D.
  • Emphasizes G-D’s most crucial function as Chief Sustainer who provides for the nourishment of all creations, ‘satisfying the desire of every living thing.’ (v.16)

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wannabe Torah scholar, amateur stock market investor, junior web developer