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News Item 299. Mishlei 17-19 (Faultfinding)

new proverb has been posted on Erev Shabbos Vayechi in the Mishlei section. There are times when constructive criticism is of great value to help people improve themselves. However, such criticism should generally be applied very gently and with great wisdom. Tragedy can result when a person adopts an attitude of continual faultfinding. He falls into the habit of looking for mistakes or defects in everything and criticizing people because of them. In such cases, the critic is not motivated by kindness toward the person he is criticizing but by the opportunity to demonstrate his own superiority. He does so by diminishing the object of his remarks, or both.