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New Item 101. Mishlei 14-16 (Forbearance)

A new proverb has been posted to the Mishlei section today (Tuesday, December 17.)

This proverb calls attention to the wise man’s fear of falling prey to the evil of unrestrained anger. This fear is with him at all times and enables his forbearance despite provocation. It is contrasted with the attitude of the foolish man who blithely assumes he can safely enjoy the release that he gets from experiencing anger.

News Item 100. Mizmor 089 (Chesed and Emunah)

The interim edition of Mizmor 089 was updated today (Thursday, December 11). This limited edition now covers the first 36 of the 53 verses that make up the mizmor.The newly added verses continue with the theme of Hashem's commitment to David. There is a proviso that if David’s descendants are guilty of sin they will be punished. However, even while executing judgment, the discipline Hashem imposes will prepare the House of David for its future role. Hashem gives His promise that even if David’s descendants do not keep their half of the covenant, He will keep His part, so that the throne will always belong to one of Davidic descent.

News Item 99. Mishlei 14-15 (Judiciousness)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Tuesday, December 8). This proverb defines a simpleton in terms of his passive acceptance of everything he hears. Such a person is contrasted with the clever man who rouses himself from passivity and judiciously evaluates what comes to his attention. Through this process he gains an understanding of how valid it is and he is able to decide whether to believe it and whether to act on it.

News Item 98. Mishlei 14-14 (Complacency)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Wednesday, December 3).This proverb refers to a complacent man as an individual with an evasive heart. The heart, representing his mind, resists any advice or thoughts that question the rightness of what he is doing and how he is behaving. Such a self-satisfied man is not a “good” man because only a good man will accept self-improvement as a critical motivating force in his life. The good man looks beyond himself for his goals. He is eager to accept guidance and advice from those who are wiser than he. 

News Item 97. Mizmor 089 (Chesed and Emunah)

The interim edition of Mizmor 089 was updated today (Thursday, November 27). This limited edition now covers the first 26 of the 53 verses that make up the mizmor. The verses added today bring the focus directly to Hashem's commitment to David, who was chosen to be the next king even while Shaul was still on the throne.

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.