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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.

News Item 73. Mizmor 086 - Answer Me

An interim version of Mizmor 086 (Answer Me) was posted to NAFSHI today (Thursday, Sept 4). This covers the first 9 of the 17 verses in the mizmor.

News Item 72. Mishlei 13-23 (Parental Love)

A new proverb has been posted to Mishlei 13-23 on Tuesday, Rosh Chodesh Ellul.This proverb analyzes the motivation of the parent who cannot bring himself to punish his son. Whereas the parent fools himself into thinking he is acting out of love, the proverb is telling us that he is building a relationship of enmity and hatred. In contrast, it is the parent that applies disciplinary measures tempered with wisdom, who truly loves his child.

News Item 70. Mizmor 085 (Revive Us)

The completed edition  for Mizmor 085 has been posted today (Thursday August 7). In this mizmor, the singer calls upon Hashem to help him visualize a future of peace for the nation based on the merging of truth and righteousness. The yeshuah will come when man acknowledges the truth of his existence and adopts the ways of righteousness, whereby he lives as his Creator wants him to. Then, just as lush crops grow through the efforts of the hard-working farmer, the spiritual labors of earthly man will elicit the flow of kindness from Heaven. When that happens, “righteousness and peace will have kissed.” 

News Item 68. Mizmor 085 (Revive Us)

An interim edition has been posted today (Thursday July 31) for Mizmor 085, which pleads for an end to our long Exile. The mizmor reacts to the duration of this Exile, which seems endless in comparison to the previous 70-year Exile in Bavel. The interim edition covers the first eight verses. The completed edition will include the remaining six verses, be"H.

As a point of interest, the NAFSHI project now contains a total 100 completed mizmorim, b"H.  I wish to thank my dear readers who have given me the chizuk and encouragement to move forward with this holy work. I will continue to be grateful for your comments and questions so that I can be reminded that it is serving a valid purpose within the worldwide community of the Jewish nation.

Have a Good Shabbos

Yitzchok Kirzner

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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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