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News Item 279. Mishlei 17-07 (Self-Importance)

new proverb was posted on Thursday, October 20 in the Mishlei section. 

When an unaccomplished person acts with foolish self-importance, he is likely to give himself away by his pompous, bombastic manner of speaking. His choice of language brands him as a faker. If he pretends to be a generous giver to worthy causes people will see through his pretentiousness. Even if he makes a large pledge to charity he will not be believed. 
But what if he appears to be a true man of distinction, the same high-flown choice of words may be quite appropriate and people will give him the benefit of the doubt. For such a person to arouse suspicion he would have to go far beyond pompous language or an extravagant pledge. It is only when he speaks a language of obvious lies and deception that people will begin to realize with whom they are dealing. 

News Item 278. Mizmor 119-025 (Daled) - Finding the Way

The compled set of eight pesukim of the Daled Segment of Mizmor 119 have now been posted, as of Erev Yom Kippur, October 11.

News Item 277. Mishlei 17-06 (Continuity)

new proverb was posted on Friday, October 7 in the Mishlei section. 

It is a natural ambition for every Jew to serve as a secure link in the great chain of Jewish history. He can achieve this great happiness by passing on the Torah way of life to his children and grandchildren. And so the teaching of Torah wisdom to one’s children is not only a great mitzvah but a great life fulfillment.  
How does a person know that the wisdom he has taught his children is secure and lasting? If he is granted the privilege of seeing them carry the torch of Torah into the next generation by successfully raising their own Torah-true children. 

News Item 276. Mishlei 17-05 (Empathy)

new proverb was posted on Thursday, September 29 in the Mishlei section.

This proverb teaches that you reveal a lot about yourself by the way you react to the misfortune of another person. For example, you might identify with him, thinking that what has happened to him could just as easily have happened to you. After all, what has happened to him is clearly the will of Hashem. 
But what if your instinct is to distinguish yourself from the unfortunate individual? You might think that he has only himself to blame. You might think, “I would never let such a thing happen to me because I am smarter than he is and I am more energetic than he is.” 

News Item 275. Mizmor 119-025 (Daled 6) Commitment

The first six of eight pesukim of the Daled Segment of Mizmor 119 have now been posted, as of Monday, Sept 26.

News Item 274. Mizmor 119-025 (Daled)

The first five of eight pesukim of the Daled Segment of Mizmor 119 have now been posted, as of Thursday, Sept 22.

News Item 273. Mishlei 17-04 (Listening)

new proverb was posted on Wednesday, September 21 in the Mishlei section.

News Item 272. Mizmor 119 (Finding the Way) - Daled Segment

The first four of eight pesukim of the Daled Segment of Mizmor 119 have now been posted, as of Friday, Sept 16.

News Item 271. Mishlei 17-03 (Privacy)

new proverb was posted on Friday, September 16 in the Mishlei section.

Despite the fact that we go to great lengths to preserve our privacy, Mishlei takes care to remind us that privacy is an illusion. Our Creator did not send us out into the world as independent beings, even though we may feel that way. 
The world that Hashem created exists today only because He is constantly renewing it. That means He is fully aware at all times of what is going on inside our deepest thoughts. The feeling we have have that no one is looking over our shoulder is one of the miracles of human existence and makes it possible for us to exercise free will. Only in this way do we have the freedom to choose what is right, while rejecting what is wrong. 

News Item 270. Mishlei 17-02 (Entitlement)

new proverb was posted on Monday, September 5 in the Mishlei section. This preverb is concerned with the sense of entitlement. A person’s station in life is strongly influenced by his beginnings. If he was born to a family of wealth, culture, and achievement he has a powerful head start. However, he is at risk of believing that he has an inherent right to the advantages with which he was born. This natural assumption of entitlement can lead him to assume he is better than other people and that he can coast through life. He may think he does not need to exert himself as much as those who do not have his advantages.