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Asaph ben Berechiah

Asaph is identified with twelve psalms (no. 50 and 73-82). He is said to be the son of Berechiah, and an ancestor of the Asaphim. The Asaphim were one of the guilds of musicians in the Jerusalem temple. This information is clarified in the books 1 and 2 of Chronicles. In Chronicles, it is said that Asaph was a descendant of Gershom the son of Levi and he is identified as a member of the Levi'im. He is also known as one of the three Levi'im commissioned by King David to be in charge of singing in the Temple. In 1 Chronicles 6:39 David appoints a man named Heman as the main musician or singer and Asaph as Heman’s right hand assistant and the Merari at his left hand. Asaph is also credited with performing at the dedication of Solomon’s temple in 2 Chronicles 5:12.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms_of_Asaph

תהלים ע״ט | Psalms 79, a new translation for 17 Tamuz by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: כ״ו באלול ה׳תש״פ (2020-09-15) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text | Asaph ben Berechiah |

A new translation of Psalms 79 for the 17th of Tamuz fast day of mourning. . . .


תהלים פ״א | The Psalm for Thursday, Psalms 81 (translation by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l)

Contributed on: ד׳ באב ה׳תשע״ז (2017-07-27) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Asaph ben Berechiah | the Masoretic Text |

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the Psalm of the Day for Thursday (Psalms 81) in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his translation side-by-side with a transcription of the vocalized text of the Psalm. . . .


תהלים פ״ב | The Psalm for Tuesday, Psalms 82 (translation by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l)

Contributed on: ח׳ באב ה׳תשע״ז (2017-07-30) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Asaph ben Berechiah | the Masoretic Text |

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the Psalm of the Day for Tuesday (Psalms 82) in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his translation side-by-side with a transcription of the vocalized text of the Psalm. –Aharon N. Varady . . .