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The Artscroll Tehillim
Edited by Rabbi Nosson Scherman and Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz
Translated and annotated by Rabbi Hillel Danziger
Mesorah Publications, New York: 2002
ISBN: 0-89906-665-8

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness

Reading or saying Tehillim (psalms) is a time-honored tradition, both as a form of prayer and for their esthetic merits. The Artscroll Tehillim presents the Hebrew text of the Tehillim on the left side of the page, with the English translation on the right side, making this a splendid edition for English readers, who want to be able to read the Tehillim in both Hebrew and English. In addition to the basic text of the Tehillim, this edition also includes commentaries by Rashi and Radak. Each of these psalms, which were written by King David, are prefaced by a short introduction that provides background or supplemental information on the specific psalm.

The commentaries included in The Artscroll Tehillim are offered as a means of elucidating the text. They are not intended to be comprehensive, nor is this text designed with students in mind. Rather it is geared specifically toward those who plan on using this text to say Tehillim.

In addition to the Tehillim, this edition also includes the text of the prayers that should be said before and after reciting Tehillim, as well as a prayer for the sick. A list of Psalms for Special Days and a list of Sabbath Psalms are also included, as well as a chart that will help you complete the entire Book of Psalms once a week, or on a monthly basis.

The Artscroll Tehillim is a beautifully bound book, and the text is clear and easy to read. This volume is ideal for personal use, as well as for gift giving.

For those looking for a 'study' Tehillim, I'd recommend Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer's 5 Volume Tehillim

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