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#1 Ziva613



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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:17 PM

I was just visiting with a beautiful chabad family this last shabbos, and i noticed that all of them were saying the all of the tehilim over the course of shabbos. When i asked why they do this they said because its the last shabbos before the Rosh Chodesh, so my question is WHY do you say all the tehilim on the shabbos before Rosh Chodesh?

#2 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:50 PM

It's just a Lubavitch custom. I heard that it has to do with the fact that together with their daily Tehillim schedule, they end up saying 300 chapters by the day before Rosh Chodesh. Three hundred is the numerical value of כפר, which means "forgive." This is apropos because the day before each Rosh Chodesh was identified by Torah authorities as a "miniature Yom Kippur," particularly suited for fasting and repentance.