Tehilim (te-HEE-leem) listen
Tehilim (teh-HIH-lim) listen
Tehilim (Teh-hee-LEEM) listen


  • n. The first book of the third section of Ketuvim which contains religious hymns.

  • n. Psalms; religious hymns.

Example Sentences

  • "Please say tehilim for my cousin who is in the hospital."

  • "All through the missile attacks we said Tehilim." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH תְּהִלִּים t'hilim, lit. 'praises' > Y תּהילים tilim

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      Tehilim, T'hilim, T'hillim, Thillim, Thilim, Tehillim, T'hillim


  • Reciting one or more psalms is called "saying Tehilim" and is often done as a form of prayer for oneself or someone else in peril.

    The English name is the Book of Psalms.

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