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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.

News Item 86. Mishlei 14-07 (Prudence)

new proverb has been posted to Mishlei today (Monday, Oct 27). This proverb is a lesson to avoid the company of a foolish man. The danger of associating with a fool is so great that you should avoid him even if the degree of his foolishness is unknown to you. 

News Item 85. Mizmor 088 (Survival)

The completed version of Mizmor 088 (Survival) was posted today (Sunday, October 26).  The mizmor is unusual in that it ends ends on a melancholy note, with the singer still immersed in a sea of troubles. But he has made his commitment. He still cannot understand why this is happening to him. But no matter what, he is determined to remain loyal to his Creator.

News Item 79. Mishlei 14-03 (Conceit)

A new item has been posted to Mishlei today, Monday, September 29. This proverb calls attention to the tendency of a fool to reveal his poor character in his speech. His tongue is an instrument that is driven by his conceit to speak highly of himself. He would be advised to follow the example of wise men who have learned that their lips are best able to protect their reputation by remaining closed.

News Item 78. Mishlei 14-02 (Fear of Hashem)

A new item has been posted to Mishlei today, Monday, September 22. This proverb contrasts  the behavior that reflects whether a person fears Hashem and honors Him with his behavior or instead shows his scorn for Hashem by exposing himself to distractions that pull him in different directions.

News Item 77. Mishlei 14-01 (Women's Wisdom)

A new item has been posted to Mishlei today, Tuesday, August 16. This proverb contrasts the process of building a home with that of destroying it. Building the home depends on a great deal of wisdom, consisting of many parts. Tragically, destruction of the home can occur when a skeptical woman unwittingly challenges the wisdom that is her heritage.

News Item 76. Mizmor 086 (Answer Me)

The completed version of Mizmor 086 (Answer Me) was posted today (Tuesday, Sept 16). In this model tefillah, David demonstrates how a person who is despondent and forlorn, suffering from fear and guilt, can find solace and a renewed feeling of nearness to Hashem. The mizmor consists of four parts, reflecting four stages in the process of regaining confidence in Hashem’s love.  

News Item 75. Mizmor 086. (Answer Me)

The interim version of Mizmor 086 (Answer Me) was updated today (Thursday, Sept 11) with the inclusion of the remaining verses for a total of 17 verses in the Learning the Mizmor section. Work is now proceeding on the remaining sections and subdividing the mizmor into its component parts. This effort should be completed shortly.

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News Item 74. Mishlei 13-24 (Appetite)

A new item has been posted to Mishlei today, Erev Shabbos, August 5. This proverb contrasts the attitude of the tzadik and the rasha to the food they eat. The tzadik sees the act of eating from the point of view of his soul, which is concerned with his spiritual life. The soul is satisfied when a lack of food does not interfere with his ability to serve Hashem. The rasha sees the act of eating from the point of view of his body. Since physical cravings are never satisfied, the stomach always feels it could do with more.