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News Item 248. Mishlei 16-28 (Instigation)

new proverb was posted today (Wednesday, July 6) in the Mishlei section.

Unhappy and bitter people are sometimes motivated to cause dissension in a community by intentionally distorting the truth, by revealing private information, and by finding fault in every situation. And so they create misunderstandings and strife among friends and families, and even between a husband and wife, the community and its leaders, or the workers and their employer. 
What causes people to behave in such a destructive and hurtful way? They may feel resentment or envy because of someone else’s success. They may feel anger at having been slighted intentionally or unintentionally, or they may feel inadequate and want to be noticed or to gain the satisfaction of having an impact on the lives of other people.

 

News Item 247. Mishlei 16-27 (Principles)

new proverb was posted today (Thursday, June 30) in the Mishlei section. This proverb contrasts what goes on in the mind of the unprincipaled man and what happens as a result. In his mind he allows his thoughts to have unrestrained freedom to explore ways of pleasing himself, no matter how evil they are. But inevitably he gives away some part of what is going on in his mind with the sharp and burning words on his lips, even if they are unintentional.

News Item 246. Mizmor 119-019 (Gimel 3) - Strangeness

On Tuesday June 28, the 19th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Strangeness) was posted to the Tehillim section. 

From the moment a person is born he feels like a stranger ( גֵּר ) in the world. It is as though he is a newcomer to a strange land. As a stranger has to learn how to speak properly and function effectively. 
David uses this analogy to explore his feelings about the vast and complex world of Torah and mitzvos. There is so much to know in terms of how the mitzvos are to be performed and what they mean. How does he allocate his time among his many duties? What is personal mission in this world and how does he relate it to the changing circumstances of his life? Which aspects of daily life should he emphasize and which should he de-emphasize? How does he reconcile the spiritual nature of his soul with the material nature of his body?

 

News Item 245. Mishlei 16-25, 26 (Delusion)

new proverb was posted today (Tuesday, June 21) in the Mishlei section. 

This segment consists of two proverbs which are linked together to form a complete thought. The first proverb has already been presented independently in Segment 14-12 (Discernment). The perspective there was simply recognize the consequences of an intellectual decision. 
In an unusual step, Mishlei repeats that proverb here to serve as a preamble to the second proverb, which relates a person’s decision to the conflict between his body and soul. 
In the second proverb Mishlei warns against improper burdening of the soul by forcing it to accept the appetites of the body. All of this can come about because a person is tempted to delude himself into keeping the body comfortable and satisfying it with earthly pleasures.

 

News Item 244. Mizmor 119-018 (Gimel 2) - Perception

On Monday June 20, the 18th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Perception) was posted to the Tehillim section.

One of the obstacles facing every person is his limited intellectual grasp. The profound depth and complexity of the world that Hashem has created are infinite. The qualities of physical existence are matched by the wonders of the Torah which served as the blueprint for Creation. Man perceives the reality of his existence through a fog which surrounds him like a mysterious veil. As an act of Hashem’s kindness, He lifts the veil at times to expand the understanding and vision of each person.

News Item 243. Mizmor 119-017 (Gimel 1) - Kindness

On Thursday June 16, the 17th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Kindness) was posted to the Tehillim section.

Here David begins the Gimel segment in which he humbly asks Hashem to grant him an act of Divine kindness. He is hoping to receive from Hashem the ability to withstand all the obstacles and distractions that prevent him from fulfilling his personal mission.

News Item 242. Mishlei 16-24 (Pleasing Words)

new proverb was posted today (Wednesday, June 15) in the Mishlei section. To emphasize the unique sweetness of wisdom, Mishlei compares it not only to honey whose pleasure is momentary, but also to a honeycomb whose pleasure is lasting. Whereas the sweetness of honey can only affect the body, the sweetness of wisdom affects the soul.

News Item 241. Mizmor 119-016 (Beis 8) - Fascination

On Tuesday June 7, the 16th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Fascination) was posted to the Tehillim section.

News Item 240. Mishlei 16-23 (Teaching Wisdom)

new proverb was posted today (Tuesday, June 7) in the Mishlei section. This proverb introduces the teaching process by identifying two major stages, (1) the mouth and (2) the lips.  The initial formulation of the words of wisdom is associated with the mouth even before speech begins. This is because the heart needs to prepare the wisdom for delivery by visualizing it in a form that can be spoken by the mouth as a whole. The actual delivery of these words is completed by the lips and this is why the lips are associated with the benefit that the teacher gets when he finally ennunciates the words of wisdom.

News Item 239. Mizmor 119-015 (Meditation)

On Thursday June 2, the 15th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Meditation) was posted to the Tehillim sectionAs a person goes through life he often has quiet moments when he can perform a variety of mitzvos simply by meditating upon his life in this world and his relationship with his Creator. He can also think about the many kindnesses that Hashem does for each of us every minute of the day. Only by his awareness of the flow of life and goodness that Hashem showers upon us, can man begin to have appreciation for the gratitude he owes.