Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Ki Seitzei 5774

Tefilla Halacha

The “simple” meaning of “pesukei d’zimra” is verses of praise, of song.

On a deeper level, the meforshim explain that by reciting these pesukim  of praise. one severs and cuts off the spiritual forces (think of this as any spiritual hindrance) which try to block his tefillos. In that sense, then, zimra  means (as we know from the pesukim of shemitta) to prune, or to cut off.