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News Item 238. Mishlei 16-22 (The Intellect)

new proverb was posted today (Thursday, June 2) in the Mishlei section. The heart is that part of the human personality which is the seat of human emotion. It is the driving force that impels a person to take action. However, the emotions are not the best judge of what is right and wrong, either from the aspect of physical survival or morality. For this reason, the human heart is designed to be subject to the rational discipline of the intellect (seichel).

News Item 237. Mizmor 119-014 (Beis 6) - Joy in Mitzvos

On Wednesday May 25, the 14th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Joy in Mitzvos) was posted to the Tehillim sectionDavid now sings of the joy he has found in experiencing a Torah life founded upon faithful observance of the mitzvos that characterize the Eidos (Testimonies). Through the medium of the Eidos the Jew is able to relive in the present the dramatic events of the past that brought our forefathers to an intense closeness with the Creator.

News Item 236. Mishlei 16-21 (Intellectual Development)

new proverb was posted today (Tuesday, May 24) in the Mishlei section. This proverb compares the development of wisdom from the point of view of both the student and the teacher. The developing student is a chacham lev, the person whose heart is guided by the wisdom he has been taught. He then builds upon what he has learned and becomes a discerning thinker.

News Item 235. Mizmor 119-013 (Beis 5) - Sharing Torah

On Friday May 20, the 13th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Sharing Torah) was posted to the Tehillim section.  The process of learning Torah is not limited to listening to the words of the Torah and studying them. A higher degree of fulfillment in learning Torah requires a sense of sharing the insights of the Torah with other people. The Torah was given to the nation of Yisrael as a community and it needs to be absorbed and lived by the people as a community.

News Item 234. Mishlei 16-20 (Success)

new proverb was posted today (Friday, May 20) in the Mishlei section. Why do projects fail? Because people haven’t given the matter enough thought. They embark on an activity without considering what effect it will have on other people and whether the desired result will be pleasing to Hashem. Even if they are optimistic about the means and the result they allow themselves to be carried away by wishful thinking and by their illusions.

News Item 233 (Beis 4) - Learning Torah

On Monday May 9, the 12th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Learning Torah) was posted to the Tehillim section

News Item 232. Mishlei 16-19 (Humility and Pride)

new proverb was posted today (Sunday, May 8) in the Mishlei section.

News Item 231 (Beis 3) - The Oral Torah

On Thursday May 5, the 11th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (The Oral Torah) was posted to the Tehillim sectionDavid declares his devotion to serving Hashem by having committed the Oral Torah to memory. Although he has stored the Torah deep within his heart, he continues to think of that it as “Your spoken word.” That means he visualizes Hashem as continually speaking directly to him. As he performs each mitzvah He recalls Hashem’s instructions relative to that mitzvah because the remembered words are always accessible to his heart. David treasures Hashem’s words and so they are concealed in his heart the way that one might conceal a treasure.

News Item 230. Mishlei 16-18 (Majestic Pride)

A new proverb was posted today (Tuesday, May 3) in the Mishlei section.

Majestic pride is the emotion of self-satisfaction that is associated with royalty and the trappings of power. In our society it may be displayed by very wealthy people or by those with political power. A person who has such wealth or power is in a precarious position. He may easily fall prey to the belief that he deserves to have it because he is better than other people. As a result he fools himself into thinking that he can do no wrong and that whatever he does is inevitably right.

News Item 229. Mizmor 119-01 (Beis 2) - Devotion

On Tuesday April 12, the tenth pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Devotion) was posted to the Tehillim sectionHaving introduced us to the young man who is concerned about doing the right thing (Beis 1), David now recalls his own experience in the complex world of mitzvos. David immediately focuses on the most important point: The purpose of doing mitzvos is to serve Hashem and to be close to Him.