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News Item 96. Mishlei 14-13 (Laughter)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Tuesday, Nov 25). This proverb reminds us that any joy in this world is limited. Laughter and mirth are only superficial. They cover up the aching heart. A period of joyful laughter will inevitably come to an end and there will be sorrow in its wake.

News Item 95. Mizmor 089 (Chesed and Emes)

The interim edition of Mizmor 089 was updated today (Thursday, November 20). This limited edition now covers the first 19 of the 53 verses that make up the mizmor. The newly added verses are the source of our introductory tefillah for the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. They are part of the authentication of  David's place in history because the horn of pride in David's royalty correspond's to the horn of the shofar. It symbolizes a pride based on subservience to Hashem.

News Item 94. Mishlei 14-12 (Discernment)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Wednesday, Nov 19). This proverb suggests that a person faced with a seemingly straight road ahead of him should exercise discernment and take time to consider what it may lead to. What seems innocuous now may ultimately lead to roads of death.

News Item 93. Mishlei 14-11 (Endurance)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Monday, Nov 17). This proverb associates destiny with the homes that people live in. Even when the wicked invest in a palatial edifice, it is not destined to endure. They may mock the seemingly difficult life of the upright, comparing it to a windblown tent, but they are mistaken. That tent is more than it seems. It will endure and flourish. And its fruits will be enjoyed by many future generations.

News Item 92. Mizmor 089

The interim edition of Mizmor 089 was updated today (Thursday, November 13). This limited edition now covers the first 15 of the 53 verses that make up the mizmor.

News Item 91. Mishlei 14-10 (Empathy)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Tuesday, Nov 11). This proverb teaches that while it is good to be grateful for the kindness and empathy that we receive, we should be fully prepared to be disappointed by a lack of empathy.

News Item 90. Mishlei 14-09 (Thoughtlessness)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Sunday, Nov 9). This proverb teaches the importance of thinking before talking. It contrasts the behavior of fools who are constantly having to make excuses for thoughtless remarks with that of upright people who choose their words carefully and always leave an impression of goodwill.

News Item 89. Mizmor 089 (Chesed and Emunah)

The interim edition of Mizmor 089 was updated today (Thursday, November 6). This limited edition now covers the first 10 of the 53 verses that make up the mizmor.

The most recently added verses are a recognition and acknowledgement of the overwhelming and infinite power of Hashem. This means that if He has not yet fulfilled His promise to David, it can only be because the the time is not yet right, for it is surely within Hashem's power to carry out His promise.

News Item 88. Mishlei 14-08 (Shrewdness)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Monday, Nov 2). This proverb teaches that shrewdness can be an essential component of a person's mental make-up, but it can also be very harmful, depending on how it is applied.

News Item 87. Mizmor 089 (Chesed and Emunah)

An interim edition of Mizmor 089 was posted to the Tehillim section today (Thursday, October 30). This limited edition covers only the first 5 of the 53 verses that make up this fascinating mizmor. For the purposes of the NAFSHI Project, the mizmor has been tentatively named "Chesed and Emunah", which are revealed here as essential concepts in the existence of the world and the renewal of the Royal House of David. Chesed represents the loving kindness of Hashem, the essential quality in His choosing to create the world. That decision was then combined with Emunah, indicating His faifthfulness in preserving and enabling the continued existence of the world.

Corresponding to this cosmic demonstration of Chesed and Emunah, Hashem exercised these qualities on an individual  scale with His choice of David as the King of Yisrael. Hashem sealed a covenant with David, assuring him that his descendants would continue to survive throughout all the generations of human existence and that, even if there were long periods of Exile, the Royal House of David would be restored for all time.

These issues are dealt with in the few verses that we have covered here. They indirectly address the challenge of reconciling the misfortunes that have occurred to many of David's descendants with the commitments that Hashem made in His covenant to him.