Ask the Rabbi - Customs and Practices

Reading Psalms

Q: I would like to recite Psalms 23 and 25 as prayers, but I have heard that it is not good to read them at night

Q: I would like to recite Chapters 23 and 25 of the Psalms as prayers, but I have heard that it is not good to read them at night because that might bring on a phemenon of judgment. Is that right? And if it is true, when can the Psalms be recited?

A: Reading the Psalms is a very good thing. To refrain from reciting them at night is specifically related to masters of the Kabbalah, but it is not relevant for other people.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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