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News Item 193. Mishlei 16-02 (Rationalization)

A new proverb was posted to Mishlei today (Wednesday, December 9). This proverb compares the way a man sees himself with the true perspective as viewed by the Creator. To avoid the emotional pain of guilt and internal conflict, man tends to convince himself that his motivations are always pure and that he is doing the right thing. However, Hashem looks into every mind and is aware of the motivations that affect each person’s thinking. It is up to the person not to automatically accept his own assumptions, but to consider the possibility of a higher truth.