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When and why do we recite Psalm 27?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Psalm 27 is recited twice daily from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul through the Holiday of Sukkot1. (Not including Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah).

The Holidays of Tishrei are alluded to in this Psalm:

Rosh Hashanah is alluded to in the words (27:1) "G-d is my light," This is based on Psalms 89:16, "Praises to the people who know the Shofar's cry; G-d, by the illumination of Your countenance they should go."

Yom Kippur is alluded to in the words (27:1) "and my salvation." For on Yom Kippur G-d saves us from the prosecuting angels and inscribes us for a good, sweet and healthy year.

Sukkot is alluded to in the words (27:5) "for He shelters me in His Sukkah." 2

Footnotes

  • 1. Kitzur 128:2. (Mishnah Berurah 581:2 brings this in the name of Achronim)
  • 2. Medrash Rabah Vayikrah 21:4

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