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News Item 109. Mishlei 14-22 (Secrecy)

new segment has been posted to the Mishlei section today (Wednesday, January 21.) This segment consists of one proverb in verse 14:22. The previous segment contained two related proverbs (14:20 and 14:21) and was labeled Segment 14-20. In order to allow the segment number to match the verse number, there will be no Segment 14-21. Instead, we are going directly from 14-20 to 14-22.  

News Item 108. Mishlei 14-20 (Social Classes)

new segment has been posted to the Mishlei section today (Sunday, January 11.) This segment consists of two related proverbs. The first describes the harmful interpersonal attitudes associated with social classes. The second shows how these attitudes can affect behavior.

News Item 107. Mishlei 14-19 (True Worth)

new proverb has been posted to the Mishlei section today (Thursday, January 8.) A man’s worth is not always evident from outward appearances. People who have succeeded in wealth and position are often thought of highly. But if they are inherently bad people, their true nature will ultimately be recognized. Good people are advised not to be misled. They should not impressed by superficial success, but to look for true worth, which is defined by one’s behavior towards others and one’s obedience to the will of Hashem.

News Item 106. Mizmor 090 (Time is a Rushing Stream)

The first six verses of Mizmor 090 were posted today (Thursday, January 8). This mizmor was composed by Moshe Rabbeinu in the form of a tefillah. It is addressed to Hashem, but like every tefillah it is designed to raise the consciousness of the person saying it. In this case, the message is the great value of time as an essential dimension of human existence. We are given enough time to fulfill our mission in this world, but it doesn't stand still. It is like a wonderful rushing stream, but then it runs out and whatever has not been accomplished remains unaccomplished. 

News Item 105. Mizmor 089. (Chesed and Emunah)

The interim edition of Mizmor 089 was updated today (Tuesday, December 31). This completed edition now includes an introductory overview of the 53 verses, arranged in ten parts. A PDF version is also provided for those who wish to print out the text.

News Item 104. Mishlei 14-08 (Value)

new proverb has been posted to the Mishlei section today (Monday, December 29.) 

This proverb contrasts the attitudes of people toward the kinds of activities that they value. The fool appreciates activities that require a minimal of mental energy. Such activities are described as his inheritance because they came to him naturally, without effort. 
The clever person, on the other hand values meaningful knowledge, especially Torah knowledge. Such knowledge enhances his life as a crown enhances a royal personage. But it is a crown that does not come without effort, an effort that the wise person is happy to expend. 

News Item 103. Mishlei 14-17 (Impatience)

new proverb has been posted to the Mishlei section today (Wednesday, December 24.) This proverb contrasts the two extremes of the decision-making process. If he is impatient he may be too hasty in deciding what to do or say. People will perceive the resulting behavior as foolish. However, if he indulges in excessive deliberations so that it seems he can’t make up his mind, people will grow to hate him, especially if those deliberations involve schemes for taking unfair advantage over others.

News Item 102. Mizmor 089 (Chesed and Emunah)

The interim edition of Mizmor 089 was updated today (Thursday, December 18). This limited edition now covers the first 44 of the 53 verses that make up the mizmor. The added verses introduce a period of darkness in the history of the royal house of David. They will be followed with the final verses that plead with Hashem to bring this tragic period to an end.

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.