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News Item 67. Mishlei 13-21 (Inheritance)

A new proverb has been posted today (Tuesday, July 29) on the subject of inheritance. Being able to pass on a legacy to one’s children and their children after them is a form of immortality than can even be achieved in this world. By means of that legacy a person can make a positive difference in the lives of his descendants.

News Item 66. Mizmor 084 (My Soul Yearns)

The first completed edition  for Mizmor 084 has been posted today (Wednesday July 23). As previously noted, this mizmor is the home of Ashrei, the verse we recite every day at the start of the Minchah service and another two times during the Shacharis service. The key word Ashrei also appears three times in the mizmor.

The mizmor is essentially a prayer for the Geulah and the restoration of the Bais HaMikdash. This is especially relevant at this time of national struggle in the days preceding Tisha B'Av. May we see the Geulah soon in our days.

News Item 65. Mishlei 13-20 (Habituation)

 A new proverb has been posted today (Sunday, July 20) on the subject of habituation. When a person decides to follow his conscience and do the right thing, he makes it easier for himself to repeat that behavior and do another good deed. In effect he habituates himself to doing good. By the same token if he gives in to a temptation to satisfy a sinful desire in spite of what his conscience is telling him, that person is actively habituating himself to sin.

News Item 64. Mizmor 084 (My Soul Yearns)

An interim edition has been posted today (Wednesday July 16) for Mizmor 084, which is the home of Ashrei, the verse we recite every day at the start of the Minchah service and another two times during the Shacharis service. The interim version covers the first five of the 13 verses that make up the mizmor.

This mizmor is one of many in Tehillim that were designed to express the yearnings and tefillos of the Jewish nation in a time of Galus (Exile). The singer refers to the heart, body, and soul of the nation, which represents the deepest yearnings of the people, longing to gain access once more to the Bais HaMikdash (holy temple in Yereushalyim).

Mizmor 084 has a special significance for the NAFSHI Project, as it is the 100th mizmor to be included in our project.  This leaves another 50 mizmorim to be completed in the Book of  Tehillim with the help of Hashem.

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