Tehillim - Advanced (Series 2)
Teacher Title תקציר Course
Rav Elchanan Samet Introduction to Series II of Shiurim on the Book of Tehillim In our introductory shiur on Sefer Tehillim, we will discuss the analytical method we will use in studying each psalm. We will introduce and explain key terms regarding parallelism, as well as the method and significance of dividing the psalms into stanza and halves. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #01: Tehillim 100 – "A Psalm of Thanksgiving" The Difference Between the Praise of "All the Earth" and the Praise of "His People and the Sheep of His Pasture" In this shiur, we will discuss the style, purpose, and structure of Psalm 100. In our quest to reveal the rationale offered for the call to praise God, we will offer a new perspective on how to read the verses. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #03: Tehillim 100 – "A Psalm of Thanksgiving" - Appendix II The Psalm’s Heading and It’s Place in the Liturgy In our study of Psalm 100, we suggested that the content of the psalm should be interpreted independent of its heading, which was a later addition indicating when the psalm was customarily recited in the time of the Temple. In this appendix to that study, we will discuss the development of the prevalent custom to include this psalm in the liturgy on weekdays, but not on Shabbat, which is related to this heading, and we will suggest that the different customs in this regard are connected to the question of how to relate to the heading. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #06: Psalm 113 - “Give Praise, O Servants of the Lord, Praise the Name of the Lord” The First Psalm of Hallel In this shiur, we will begin our study of Psalm 113, the first of the psalms of the Hallel. We will analyze the structure of the psalm, noting its unique features and development, and focusing on the question of the content of the praise that the addressee is called upon to relate. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #07: Psalm 113 - “Give Praise, O Servants of the Lord, Praise the Name of the Lord” The First Psalm of Hallel (Part II) In this shiur, we will continue our study of Psalm 113, focusing on the structure and significance of its two halves. We will also discuss why this psalm was chosen to be the opening psalm of the Hallel recited on special days, as well as what Chazal intend in referring to different psalms as Hallel. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #08: Psalm 117 - “O Praise The Lord, All You Nations” The Shortest Psalm in the Book of Tehillim Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in Tehillim. In this shiur, we will begin our study of this psalm by examining its structure, which indicates that the two verses in this psalm were indeed intended to constitute an independent psalm. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #09: Psalm 117 - “O Praise The Lord, All You Nations” The Shortest Psalm in the Book of Tehillim (Part II) In this shiur, we will continue our discussion of Psalm 117, addressing a central question: Since the appeal to praise God is addressed to "all the nations," why is the reason for the praise that God has shown great kindness "to us"? Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #11: Psalm 142 - "You Are My Refuge and My Portion in the Land of the Living" The Soul's Escape from the Prison of Loneliness (continuation) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of psalm 142, analyzing its structure in order to determine the turning point. Our analysis will lead us to a conclusion regarding the unique message of this psalm. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #12: Psalm 11 - “How Can You Say To My Soul, Flee Like A Bird…” A Theological and Practical Polemic in the Book of Tehillim Psalm 12 opens with a declaration of the psalmists faith in God and his opposition to the suggestion that he "flee to the mountain" like a bird. In this shiur, we will analyze this difficult verse and attempt to explain who made this suggestion, what it means, and why the psalmist is opposed to it. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #13: Psalm 11 - “How Can You Say To My Soul, Flee Like A Bird…” A Theological and Practical Polemic in the Book of Tehillim (continuation) In this shiur, we continue our study of the structure of Psalm 11, which clarifies the arguments of the psalmist and "those who say to my soul." We will note the religious position adopted by the psalmist, and we also explain why his position is not a rejection of practically sound advice. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #14: Psalm 11 - “How Can You Say To My Soul, Flee Like A Bird…” Exegetical Appendix In this shiur, an appendix to our discussion of psalm 11, we will discuss a number of exegetical difficulties in the psalm, focusing on a number of difficult or ambiguous words and phrases: yivchan, pachim, zil'afot, and yashar yechezu paneimo. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur15: Psalm 121 - "I Will Lift Up My Eyes To The Mountains" - A Traveler's Blessing In this shiur, we will begin our study of psalm 121, one of the most well-known psalms. In particular, we will attempt to reveal the context in which this psalm was recited, as this sheds light on the meaning of the entire psalm. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #16: Psalm 121 - "I Will Lift Up My Eyes To The Mountains" A Traveler's Blessing (continuation) In this shiur, we continue our study of psalm 121. We will explore the different viewpoints of the speakers in the psalm, as well as the message of the psalm as a whole. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #20: Psalm 22 - "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me" Complaint, Supplication, and Thanksgiving (Continuation) In this shiur, we will study the second third of Psalm 22, explaining the metaphors and the development of the description of the speaker's trouble. We will explain how the structure of this section aids in the development of its content, as well as how it connects to the first and third sections of the psalm. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #19: Psalm 22 - "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me" Complaint, Supplication, and Thanksgiving In this shiur, we will begin our study of Psalm 22, a psalm of complaint, supplication, and thanksgiving. We will begin by outlining the structure of the psalm and how it reflects these three stages. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #18: Psalm 13 - "How long, O Lord… Look, and hear me… I Will Sing to the Lord" From Complaint to Supplication and From Prayer to Praise (Continuation) In this shiur, we continue our study of Psalm 13, focusing on the final stanza. This stanza is notably different from those that precede it, but at the same time serves as closure for the previous stanzas. It describes a dramatic change in the psalmist's consciousness. What caused this "revolution"? Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #17: Psalm 13 - "How long, O Lord… Look, and hear me… I Will Sing to the Lord" From Complaint to Supplication and From Prayer to Praise In this shiur, we will begin our study of psalm 13 by analyzing its structure. We will identify the nature of the "complaint" in the psalm and how it parallels the supplication that follows. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #10: Psalm 142 - "You Are My Refuge and My Portion in the Land of the Living" The Soul's Escape from the Prison of Loneliness At first glance, Psalm 142 appears to be similar substantively and stylistically to other psalms of supplication. What is the unique message of this psalm? By studying the psalm's structure, we reach the conclusion that this psalm describes the desperate loneliness of the unjustly persecuted. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #05: Psalms 95-100 – Six Psalms of Praise (II) In this shiur, we will continue our discussion of Psalms 95-100, in particular focusing on the development between the psalms in this set. We will further discuss the choice of these psalms for recitation in the Kabbalat Shabbat service, as well as the place of Psalm 100 in that service. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #04: Psalms 95-100 – Six Psalms of Praise In this shiur, we will discuss six psalms (95-100), noting how they form a unit of psalms of praise. We will analyze the linguistic and substantial similarities and differences between the psalms in the three pairs that make up this unit. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #02: Tehillim 100 – "A Psalm of Thanksgiving" (Part II) In this shiur, we continue our study of psalm 100. We will analyze the structure of the psalm based on the interpretation that we have proposed, noting the different calls to the different audiences. We will further discuss the "life setting" of the psalm as reflected in the calls to praise. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #21: Psalm 22 - "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me" Complaint, Supplication, and Thanksgiving (Continuation) In this shiur, we will study the final third of Psalm 22. Many scholars have argued that this section of the psalm is not a contextual or stylistic continuation of the sections that precede it, and therefore should be considered an independent psalm. We will argue that the opposite is true - that this section constitutes an apt conclusion to the psalm as a whole and completes the psychological development in the psalm. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #22: Psalm 22 - "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me" Complaint, Supplication, and Thanksgiving Appendix: Psalm 22 and Purim In this shiur, we will examine the source and variations of the custom to recite Psalm 22 on Purim. We will discuss the reasons offered for this practice, as well as the midrashic reading of the psalm, which connects it to the persona and story of Esther. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #23: Psalm 82 – “How Long Will You Judge Unjustly… All the Foundations of the Earth Are Shaken” (2,5) In this shiur, we begin our study of Psalm 82, the psalm of the day for Tuesday. We will discuss who the speaker is in the psalm and who it is that he is addressing, and we will also discuss the meaning of the opening line of the psalm. Tehillim - Advanced (2)
Rav Elchanan Samet Shiur #24: Psalm 82 – (Continuation) “How Long Will You Judge Unjustly… All the Foundations of the Earth Are Shaken” (2,5) In this shiur, we continue our study of psalm 82. We will address the meaning of the psalmist's comparison of the judges to angels, as well as how the psalm expresses his disappointment in them. Tehillim - Advanced (2)

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