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Author:  DT
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Date:  12/3/2003 12:24:00 PM
Subject:  Tehillim
Message:  Dear Rabbi, I looked up the sources that you quote as to why one shouldn't say tehillim for sick people. What it says in the Gemara and in Shulchan Aruch is that one may not heal a wound or a person through words of Torah, this clearly refers to an encantation that uses verses to heal. Jews throughout the years have turned to Tehillim to pray to God for mercy for all types of calamities and troubles, illness included. Hence, in any Tehillim you will find prayer for the sick printed at the end. Obviously, there is a specific prayer enacted for sick people in Shmoneh Esrei (i.e. Refaeinu); however, that does not preclude people from praying other prayers such as chapters of Tehillim in hopes of invoking Divine mercy. Thank you. DT
   
Reply:  Then when the Gemara asked, "why are you allowed to say Yoshev Beseter," why didn't they just give your answer.
If you were around then, you could have resolved it for them.
If you look at your "statement," you'll notice the most common reasons why our religion got distorted. When learning Jewish Law, we are supposed to read the good book to find out what is expected of us. Not to justify what we are doing till now.
you say...
"What it says in the Gemara ... clearly refers to an encantation that uses verses to heal."   You browsed it real quick.

you say...
"...in any Tehillim you will find prayer for the sick ..."    Therefore it must be correct?!

you say...
"...praying other prayers such as chapters of Tehillim.."   Read the words. Are they prayers?! You might need a better understanding of Tana"ch.


We do something, it is emotional, so nobody can say anything against it. Let's just follow the rules.
AA


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