This morning a woman asked to address a weekly Tehillim group I attend. She explained that those people who have performed the mitzvah of "Shiluach HaKan" have merited to see great salvation. She added that there are "Kan" קן - 150 chapters of Tehillim and a person who recites them all in one go can also merit great yeshuot. I was searching this evening for a reference to her words and came across an article which relates "Shiluach Hakan" to hastening the geulah. It is a fascinating read which can be found here.
Coincidentally, today was the 24th of Shevat.
The Hayom Yom: Shevat 24 contains the following words.
If you only knew - The Tzemach Tzedek said - the power of verses of Tehillim and their effect in the highest Heavens, you would recite them constantly. Know that the chapters of Tehillim shatter all barriers, they ascend higher and still higher with no interference; they prostrate themselves in supplication before the Master of all worlds, and they effect and accomplish with kindness and compassion.
"החולה שצוחק על הסרטן ומלאך המוות: "אין רחמן כמו השם
The February 2nd State Department briefing contained some questions regarding Palestinian resistance.
What is the U.S. position on whether or not the Palestinians have the right to resist Israeli occupation? While you condemn attacks and terrorism – I understand that – does the U.S. have a view as to whether or not the Palestinians should be allowed to protest or to contest the Israeli policy?
...QUESTION: Right. So that applies to civilians, innocent civilians. What – does that also apply to Israeli security forces as well?
What a prescient question, given that a 19-year-old Israeli woman who was a member of the Israeli security forces was killed the next day.