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News Item 256. Mishlei 16-32 (Willpower)

new proverb was posted on Wednesday, August 10 in the Mishlei section. This proverb talks about the willpower that enables a person to show forbearance despite a justified feeling of anger. Mishlei compares such willpower to that which a fighter exerts when he forces his enemy to yield to him in a physical struggle. The point that Mishlei is making here is that it takes more willpower to control forces within a person than to make another person to yield to him in battle.

News Item 255. Mizmor 119-023 (Gimel 7) - Detachment

On Friday August 8, the 23rd pasuk of Mizmor 119 (detachment) was posted to the Tehillim section

News Item 254. Mishlei 16-31 (Fufillment)

new proverb was posted on Thursday, August 4 in the Mishlei section.

News Item 253. Mizmor 119-022 (Gimel 6) - Honor

On Tuesday July 26, the 22st pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Honor) was posted to the Tehillim section

News Item 252. Mishlei 16-30 (Progression)

new proverb was posted on Friday, July 22 in the Mishlei section. [The text was subsequently updated on Thursday July 28.]

A serious offense does not happen instananeously. The offender goes through a sequenced progression of thoughts, speech, and action to result in the harm done to another person. During the course of this progression, the offender is likely to give himself away with subtle body language, including movements of the eyes and lips.

News Item 251. Mishlei 16-29 (Criminality)

new proverb was posted today (Wednesday, July 13) in the Mishlei section. 

This proverb focuses on the kind of person who violates the accepted patterns of lawful behavior and is therefore rejected by law-abiding people. The violent or unjust man (אִישׁ חָמָס) has a powerful need to be accepted and therefore he entices (יְפַתֶּה) any likely individual to join his way of life. Mishlei is cautioning such an individual to resist the enticements because although they may seem attractive, they are clearly not good (לֹא טוֹב) and will cause him great harm. 

News Item 250. Mizmor 119-021 (Gimel 5) Hypocrisy

On Monday July 11, the 21st pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Hypocrisy) was posted to the Tehillim section.  In this pasuk David calls down Hashem’s rebuke upon the hypocrites who distort His Torah for their own ends. In effect, he warns his listeners to avoid falling into the trap of intentional distortions in the law.

News Item 249. Mizmor 119-020 (Yearning)

On Friday July 8, the 20th pasuk of Mizmor 119 (Yearning) was posted to the Tehillim section.  

In this pasuk David gives us a sense of the yearning he has developed for the words and thoughts of the Torah. In effect, he feels as though his deepest soul is almost breaking apart as it reaches out to comprehend every detail and nuance in the Torah. He describes this powerful longing as being with him at all times. That means even when he is busy taking care of the affairs of state or family matters, his mind is drawn to the Torah thoughts that he is missing.

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.