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Mishlei 15-21 (Self-Control)

NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-21 (Self-Control) A discerning person ( אִישׁ תְּבוּנָה ) thinks things through and he...

Mishlei 15-22 (Advice)

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Mishlei 15-23 (Timing)

NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-23 (Timing) One of the pleasures of life is talking. For many people the experience of expressing their...

Mishlei 15-23 (Timing)

NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-23 (Timing) One of the pleasures of life is talking. For many people the experience of expressing their...

Mishlei 15-24 (Upwards)

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Mishlei 15-25 (Providence)

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Mishlei 15-26 (Deceit)

NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-26 (Deceit) The ability to speak is the quality that defines a human being. It is Hashem’s great gift to...

Mishlei 15-27 (Greed)

NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-27 (Greed) Many people are affected by a powerful urge to acquire physical possessions, far beyond their...

Mishlei 15-28 (Deliberation)

NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-28 (Deliberation) The way in which a person answers a question reveals his character. If he is a tzadik,...

Mishlei 15-29 (Estrangement)

  NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-29 (Estrangement) Hashem very much wants to be close to us for we are His handiwork. It is in our...

Mishlei 15-30 (Delight)

  NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 15-30 (Delight) What does it mean to feel delight? It’s what happens when you are faced with an...

Mishlei 15-31 (Criticism)

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Mishlei 15-32 (Soul at Risk)

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Mishlei 15-33 (Humility)

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Mishlei 16-01 (Control)

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Mishlei 16-02 (Rationalization)

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Mishlei 16-03 (Awareness)

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Mishlei 16-04 (Purpose)

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Mishlei 16-05 (Arrogance)

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Mishlei 16-06 (Teshuvah)

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Mishlei 16-07 (Harmony)

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Mishlei 16-08 (Property)

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Mishlei 16-09 (Accomplishment)

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Mishlei 16-10 (Charisma)

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Mishlei 16-11 (Commerce)

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Mishlei 16-12 (Power)

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Mishlei 16-13 (Authenticity)

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Mishlei 16-14 (Anger)

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Mishlei 16-15 (Greeting)

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Mishlei 16-16 (Learning)

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Mishlei 16-17 (Vigilance)

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Mishlei 16-18 (Majestic Pride)

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Mishlei 16-19 (Humility and Pride)

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Mishlei 16-20 (Success)

  NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 16-20 (Success) What does it take to succeed in any endeavor? The answer is to carefully think...

Mishlei 16-21 (Intellectual Development)

  Key Concepts of Mishlei 16-21 (Intellectual Development) Wisdom (chochmah) is the knowledge that guides a person in making good choices in life. He applies this knowledge under control of his heart, which is a central part of the human personality. Without the...

Mishlei 16-22 (The Intellect)

NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 16-22 (The Intellect) The heart is that part of the human personality which is the seat of human emotion. It...

Mishlei 16-23 (Teaching Wisdom)

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Mishlei 16-24 (Pleasing Words)

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Mishlei 16-25, 26 (Delusion)

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Mishlei 16-27 (Principles)

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Mishlei 16-28 (Instigation)

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Mishlei 16-29 (Criminality)

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Mishlei 16-30 (Progression)

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Mishlei 16-31 (Fulfillment)

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Mishlei 16-32 (Willpower)

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Mishlei 16-33. (Luck)

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Mishlei 17-01 (Success)

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Mishlei 17-02 (Entitlement)

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Mishlei 17-03 (Privacy)

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Mishlei 17-04 (Listening)

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Mishlei 17-05 (Empathy)

  NOTE: For a PDF copy of this segment, please click here. This will enable you to print out the entire text of the article. [Rev 0] Key Concepts of Mishlei 17-05 (Empathy) You reveal a lot about yourself by the way you react to the misfortune of another...

Mishlei 17-06 (Continuity)

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Mishlei 17-07 (Self-Importance)

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Mishlei 17-08 (Influence)

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Mishlei 17-09 (Love)

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Mishlei 17-10 (Discipline)

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Mishlei 17-11 (Embitterment)

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Mishlei 17-12 (Fear)

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Mishlei 17-13 (Ingratitude)

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Mishlei 17-14 (Conflict)

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Mishlei 17-15 (Falseness)

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Mishlei 17-16 (Illusions)

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Mishlei 17-17 (Friendship)

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Mishlei 17-18 (Commitments)

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Mishlei 17-19 (Faultfinding)

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Mishlei 17-20 (Perversity)

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Mishlei 17-21 (Disappointment)

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Mishlei 17-22 (Attitude)

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Mishlei 17-23 (Corruption)

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Mishlei 17-24 (Learning)

  NOTE: The PDF version of this segment is currently unavailable. Key Concepts of Mishlei 17-24 (Learning) The wisdom of the Torah is designed to be learned by ordinary human beings. But many people find great difficulties in learning because they approach it...

Mishlei 17-25 (Aggravation)

(Key Concepts of Mishlei 17-25 (Aggravation Every person who is working on developing his character and living a righteous life shares that responsibility with his parents who have nurtured and raised him. And so if a person fails to live as he should, he has harmed...

Mishlei 17-26 (Goodness)

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Mishlei 17-27 (Speech)

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Mishlei 18-01 (Apart)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-01 (Apart) At the very beginning of Creation, Hashem said, “It is not good that man should be alone.” (Bereishis 2:18). Life becomes truly meaningful only when shared with a spouse, a family, and a community. A man may be motivated to live...

Mishlei 18-02 (Self-Complacency)

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Mishlei 18-03 (Dishonor)

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Mishlei 18-04 (Words)

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Mishlei 18-05 (Favoritism)

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Mishlei 18-06 (Belligerence)

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Mishlei 18-08 (Resentment)

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Mishlei 18-09 (Energy)

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Mishlei 18-10

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Mishlei 18-12 (Humility)

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Mishlei 18-13 (Haste)

  Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-13 (Haste) Time is a most valuable, but highly limited resource. Therefore, a wise person tries to use it efficiently. He takes up every task with a sense of urgency, even when the task itself is not urgent. As long as the there is a...

Mishlei 18-14 (Attitude)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-14 (Attitude) The relationship between mind and body is shrouded in mystery. Each depends on the other to some extent, but the mechanics are hidden from us. However, experience has shown that a positive mental attitude is critical in helping...

Mishlei 18-15 (Learning)

  Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-15 (Learning) Every righteous person should be engaged in learning Torah to a greater or lesser degree throughout his life. But the learning process has two major modes, which are not equally accessible. One of these two modes depends...

Mishlei 18-16 (Giving)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-16 (Giving) The distribution of financial wealth in a community is affected by many factors, but ultimately it is Hashem who determines how much each of us possesses at any time. And yet individuals are motivated to give some of their...

Mishlei 18-17 (Prejudice)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-17 (Prejudice) In every community honest differences of opinion will arise from time to time regarding a controversial issue. Why do people choose one point of view or another? The right way to do this would be to dispassionately investigate...

Mishlei 18-18 (Arbitration)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-18 (Arbitration) When individuals get into arguments about the ownership of property, they generally turn to a judicial authority to resolve the conflict. However, there may not be sufficient evidence to point to a clear solution. In such...

Mishlei 18-19 (Brotherhood)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-19 (Brotherhood) People who are granted the privilege of sharing their youthful years with brothers or sisters don’t give much thought to the powerful forces that can affect such a relationship. Hidden beneath the surface of...

Mishlei 18-20 (Sustenance)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-20 (Sustenance) All living creatures share a common need. Without food they cannot exist. In creating the world with all its miraculous diversity Hashem provided the particular type of food that each creature would need. Simple creatures are...

Mishlei 18-21 (Talking)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-21 (Talking) Many people are fascinated by their power of speech. They always find something to say because of the pleasure it gives them to hear the sound of their own voice. When someone is speaking he assumes that a listener is paying...

Mishlei 18-22 (Good)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-22 (Good) The idea of טוֹב ,good, is inherent in the existence of the world. The Torah tells us that each aspect of existence reflects the will of the Creator and because it reflects His will, He called it טוֹב . Man was...

Mishlei 18-23 (Misconceptions)

  Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-23 (Misconceptions) Rich people and poor people alike are victims of the same fallacy. They overestimate the importance of financial wealth. As a result, they forget that the value of a person is not determined by how much money he...

Mishlei 18-24 (Friends)

Key Concepts of Mishlei 18-24 Human beings are naturally drawn to form friendships and so most people agree that having friends is important to a person’s well-being. However, people have very different ideas about the role of friendship in a person’s...

Mishlei 19-01 (Innocence)

Mishlei 19-01 Innocence Key Concepts Every person has his own perception of the moral and ethical standards that guide his actions.  Indeed, if he violates those principles, he feels some measure of guilt. That feeling is intensified if he realizes that others are...

Mishlei 19-02 (Spiritual Neglect)

Mishlei 19-02 Spiritual Neglect Key Concepts During the months of Elul and Tishrei people give a lot of thought to the feelings of guilt arising out of sinful behavior. And so they pray to Hashem for the opportunity to make a fresh start. They resolve to...

Mishlei 19-03 (Blame)

Mishlei 19-03 Blame Key Concepts Because we live in a physical world, each of us is constrained by the environment in which we happen to live, including the family and culture into which were born. We do not get to choose the circumstances of our gift of life. But we...

Mishlei 19-04 (Wealth)

Mishlei 19-04 Wealth Key Concepts Mishlei teaches that excessive wealth can distort healthy social relationships and the same is true of excessive poverty. As a man’s wealth increases he finds that people are drawn to him and that his circle of friends grows by leaps...

Mishlei 19-05 (Falsehood)

Mishlei 19-05 (Falsehood) Falsehood Key Concepts When Hashem created the world, He chose the power of words as His instrument. The Creator then entrusted the privilege of speech to mankind, and it is up to us to respect this great gift by cherishing it and avoiding...