A new proverb was posted on Wednesday, November 16 in the Mishlei section.
Sooner or later everyone experiences frustration and disappointment. There are times when things don’t work out as you expected and the good fortune that you thought you deserved does not materialize. So what do you do?
You might be tempted to blame others instead of looking within himself for a solution to what has happened. If you blame others you are likely to feel resentful and bitter. This does not solve the problem. Instead it makes it worse. You end up falling into a downward spiral of recriminations and anger. And so you become your own worst enemy.
Mishlei describes the perpetrator of the embittered person’s downfall as a cruel angel. In effect this angel is the yetzer hara, the evil inclination that is within him, and which he has failed to master.