Sunday, 20 July 2008

Response to Questions Regarding the Tehillim Group



Thank you to all the woman participating in the Tehillim group. I am very grateful to say that we have been managing to complete the Sefer Tehillim on Shabbos for the past 3 Shabbatot and have almost completed the Sefer for this coming Shabbos.

A number of questions have been sent in and I will try to address them so as to clarify everything for all concerned:

1) We have a rule that names must be submitted weekly and by Wednesday of the coming week, to be on the list in time for that Shabbos. I understand that there are people who have chronic problems and for whom one wants Tehillim said each week. Please understand that we have at present over 60 women who participate in the Tehillim. The group already takes considerable amount of time to organise and I have to stream line this in order to have time for my work that generates Parnassa. Please note, that the Tehillim group and all of it’s organisation is a free service.

To begin with as a time saver, it is easiest for me to copy and paste names sent in as they come in each week. It also saves me from having to chase after 60 women to find out if the names they have submitted still require Tefillos or not.

Other than the time saver, there is a problem praying for someone who has either already received the refuah or yeshuah that they required or who has passed on from this world. For those who have received a refuah, the name must come off the list. For those who have passed on from this world, the tefillah changes to an Aliyat HaNeshama – and it is forbidden to pray for their refuah as this is a prayer in vain. To pray for someone for the wrong thing or when a prayer is no longer required is called a “Tefillah levatela” or a wasted prayer. Since it is very easy for people to forget to notify me when Tehillim is no longer necessary for the person, we draw up a new list every week. This makes sure that we do not overstep the problem of doing vain prayers.

2) Some people have sent in names on Thursday and even on Friday asking for them to still be put on the list. Please note that the list goes out on Thursday. Once we start sending out the list, new names sent in can only be put on the next week’s list, as we cannot go back and re-send all the lists again. In order to avoid the possibility of the name not appearing on a list, please send the names only for the week in question i.e. and not Thursday and later.

In addition, I stop doing all form of work at 12 noon in order to prepare for Shabbat. This means that if a name is sent in on Friday after this time, I will not receive the email until Motsei Shabbos and it may be that in the setting up of the new week, I forget that email.

3) Amongst the original rules put up on the blog, I did request that names be sent in with a capital letter for the first letter of each name. Also, where possible the Hebrew names of both the person and of their mother should be sent in. In the case of an Aliyat Neshama the father’s Hebrew name needs to be sent in.

Please make sure to follow this as it is both more respectful to the person whose name you are submitting and also easier to copy and paste the name in this format. Many people send in a number of names and I do not have the time to edit each name that is submitted.

4) There has been a request to send out the list as an attachment rather than in the body of the email. This actually will be more professional and I will try to do this, bli neder. However, I need to ask a question from all women who participate. In order to keep track of who is saying the respective Tehillim each week, I would like to continue with the list of people saying Tehillim at the top of the document and the list of names we are davening for below this. Does anyone object to their name with the corresponding Tehillim appearing on the top of the list? I do only put the first name so this still conceals the identity of the person.

For additional encouragement, by having the name of people reciting Tehillim and others seeing all these names – how many other women are reciting Tehillim each week, it will help to give chizuk to the group. Please send me your feedback on these points before Wednesday of next week.

If you feel that this has been beneficial to you, please comment on the blog itself as this gives encouragement and interaction between the group. For those wishing to remain anonymous, you can post on the blog anonymously.

Questions can also be posted on the blog or sent to shoshanah.s@gmail.com

A final point; someone responded with a reminder that the way to avert a decree is not solely through prayer but through: Tshuva, Tzeddakah and Tefillah. They stated that since Tshuvah is listed first we should insist that all those participating in the Tehillim group also increase in a mitzvah. The mitzvah advocated was that of modesty.

I would like to highlight the fact that the reason for the fall of the Beis HaMikdash was due to baseless hatred. One of the reasons for the Tehillim group is to increase in unity and Ahavas Yisrael.

For anyone wanting to increase in mitzvah observance, this is obviously very praiseworthy. Please keep reading this blog and the blog:

http://dwellingplacebelow.blogspot.com, where you will find articles regarding various mitzvos or reading to helping in improving our service of Hashem.

If you would like to strengthen in any area, please be in touch with us and you can either set up a learning session or we can work on a group to strengthen in a specific mitzvah as a group.

Regarding Tzeddakah, it is very good to give a coin or more of Tzeddakah into a Tzeddakah box prior to lighting your Shabbat candles and you can give one that is towards this group. Again keep reading the blog for other ways to increase in Tzeddakah or to make sure you are giving correctly.

We look forward to hearing from you and even more so to hearing good news from all of Am Yisrael.

1 comment:

Frank said...

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