- General Questions
is it allowed to read Tehillim at night?
Shalom - As this question has already been answered on our site, I copy for you here the original response :- The Be’er Heitev 238, 2. brings the Arizal’s opinion that “Mikra” should not be said at night. In Sha’ar Hatziyun 238, 1. he quotes the Be’er Heitev and writes that in the Pri Megadim it implies that one can read Mikra at night, and, adds the Sha’ar Hatziyun, even according to the stringent opinion there is no prohibition here, it is only better Lechatchilah to learn Mikra during the day. This is derives from what it says in the Midrash that the Holy One Blessed be He was learning with Moshe Mikra during the day and Mishnah at night. Therefore according to the opinion of the greatest Posek of the last generations, the Mishnah Berurah, it is permitted to read any Mikra including Tehilim at any time of the night also according to Kabala. Also among the Mekubalim who are stringent not to read Mikra at night, there is a variety of opinions. There are different opinions on what part of the night one should not read. There are those who say that the prohibition is only on Torah not on Nach so Tehilim is not included. Others say that the prohibition is only when read in a way of learning but in a way of prayer and pleading it is permitted. Some others say that Tehilim is not included altogether because it is songs and praises. See at length in Tzitz Eliezer vol. 8, 2. [this origanl answer is from Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt] My opinion is also that unless one has a tradition to the contrary, one may say Tehillim at all hours of the night and day. In fact one should encourage the saying of tehillim whenever possible. Only those who have a real tradition against saying tehillim at night should refrain – and even then, only if they will be doing better things with their time. Blessings, D. Sperling.