Finally, after months of planning, years of deliberating, and in response to the numerous requests from eager subscribers, Chayenu is proud to announce the addition of Daily Tehillim to the Chayenu App.
Beginning this 22 Shevat, Yaartzeit of the Rebbetzin, users will be able to recite – and study – the daily portion of Tehillim, on their mobile devices. Eventually, added features will allow for customization of personal kapitlach (chapters) etc.
Thanks to our deeply valued partnership with Kehot Publication Society, we will feature the highly acclaimed Kehot Tehillim, compiled by Rabbi Yosef Marcus.
Anthologized from hundreds of commentators, classic to obscure, from the Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalah, Classic commentators and the Chasidic masters, this work will allow Tehillim readers to bring newly-found inspiration and meaning to their daily, weekly and monthly recitations.
Chayenu’s core content remains the daily study cycles of Chitas & Rambam.
Chitas is the three-pillar foundational study of (1) Chumash-Rashi of the daily Parsha, one day at a time; (2) Daily Tehillim (as divided into 29/30 portions for the month); (3) Daily Tanya.
While Chayenu print has provided the daily Chumash-Rashi & Tanya for many years now, it is only with the new App, that the daily Tehillim feature becomes possible.
“One of the difficulties we faced with the print edition”, explains Executive Director Yossi Pels, “is that we would have to print a quarter of the entire book of Tehillim each week!”
“To print only the Hebrew text would be contrary to our raison-d’etre, which is that it needs to be understandable to the English-speaking person. So, coupled with English would make it extremely lengthy. Now, with the 2.0 app release, that issue is resolved (for those who have access to the app).”
The app will feature an option to turn on/off the commentary, so that one can easily recite the Daily Tehillim with a flow, but choose to see commentary as one wishes. The Hebrew-English side-by-side format will be maintained throughout, so one can know the basic translation of the words.
The Daily Tehillim in Chayenu App is made possible through a generous grant from by the Gniwisch, Gansbourg and Krananski families, Montreal.
The Kehot Tehillim was made possible through the generosity of the Glowinsky Family of Toronto, Canada. Chayenu is grateful to the team at Kehot – Rabbis Yossi Friedman, Dovid Olidort and Mendel Laine – for working with us on this exciting project.
How did the custom of Daily Tehillim begin?
In 1927, when the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, of righteous memory, was arrested by Russian authorities – on account of his tireless efforts of maintaining and growing Torah study and Mitzvos observance through a broad underground network of schools, Shuls and Yeshivas, despite Communism – he instructed the Chassidim to begin reciting the daily portion of Tehillim as divided by the days of the month. This was found in a note on his desk the day of his arrest.
This was an urgent appeal to Hashem to miraculously release the Rebbe from incarceration, where his very life was threatened, as well as the torch of Yiddishkeit he was sacrificing his life to uphold.
Upon his miraculous release from prison, he then instructed Chassidim – and all of World Jewry – to continue this global initiative of daily Tehillim.
In a letter, the Previous Rebbe wrote:
“(With regard to) the recital of Tehillim (daily, after davening) – there is no distinction (i.e. it applies equally) between Shuls of ‘Anash’ (a reference to the Chabad Chassidic Fellowship) and to those who follow the Ashkenazic or Polish nusach – may G-d be with them. On account of Ahavat Yisrael, love of our fellow…and especially in view of the importance and inner purpose of saying Tehillim with a minyan, which literally affects all of Israel, materially in “children, life and sustenance,” and spiritually …we must endeavor with every means possible that it become an established practice in every shul of every nusach.”