The Mishlei Podcast

The Mishlei Podcast

My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss, and this is the hub for all of my shiurim (classes) on Sefer Mishlei, a.k.a. The Book of Proverbs! Generally speaking we will follow the approach to Mishlei outlined by Saadia Gaon who views Mishlei as a guide for intelligent decision-making in everyday life with the goal of maximizing long-term pleasure and minimizing long-term pain. Each shiur will typically focus on one pasuk (verse), which we will attempt to analyze on our own before turning to the meforshim (commentators). If you have any questions feel free to email me at rabbischneeweiss at gmail. Thanks for listening!

Episodes

June 20, 2024 49 mins

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Mishlei 14:35 - How to Be a Successful Subordinate (Part 2)

רְצוֹן מֶלֶךְ לְעֶבֶד מַשְׂכִּיל, וְעֶבְרָתוֹ תִּהְיֶה מֵבִישׁ:

Length: 48 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (6/20/24), in our last morning Mishlei shiur of the 2023-2024 season, we continued learning the last pasuk in Chapter 14. After reviewing yesterday's ideas, we then learned two COMPLE...

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Mishlei 14:35 - How to Be a Successful Subordinate (Part 1)

רְצוֹן מֶלֶךְ לְעֶבֶד מַשְׂכִּיל, וְעֶבְרָתוֹ תִּהְיֶה מֵבִישׁ:

Length: 48 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (6/19/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we began learning the last pasuk in Chapter 14. We developed one really nice idea which emerged organically from the words in the pasuk and another...

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Mishlei 13:24 - Spare the Rod, Hate the Child

חוֹשֵׂךְ שִׁבְטוֹ שׂוֹנֵא בְנוֹ, וְאֹהֲבוֹ שִׁחֲרוֹ מוּסָר:

Length: 1 hour 41 minutes
Synopsis: Tonight (6/17/24), in our Monday Night Mishlei shiur, we analyzed what LOOKED like it was going to be an easy pasuk, but it turned out to be quick tricky. (Perhaps we were misled by the intuitiveness of the Engli...

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Mishlei 14:34 - Mishlei on National Tzedakah and Chesed (Part 2)

צְדָקָה תְרוֹמֵם גּוֹי וְחֶסֶד לְאֻמִּים חַטָּאת:

Length: 46 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (6/6/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we began by reviewing and refining yesterday's approaches. We then spent the rest of shiur learning the main idea underlying the Ri Nachmias's appr...

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Mishlei 14:34 - Mishlei on National Tzedakah and Chesed (Part 1)

צְדָקָה תְרוֹמֵם גּוֹי וְחֶסֶד לְאֻמִּים חַטָּאת:

Length: 46 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (6/5/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we learned a pasuk about CHESED! Why is this such a big deal? Because FUN FACT: the term "tzedakah," "tzedek," and "tzadik" app...

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Mishlei 13:23 - Poor Victims of Injustice or Mishleic Fools?

רׇב אֹכֶל נִיר רָאשִׁים וְיֵשׁ נִסְפֶּה בְּלֹא מִשְׁפָּט:

Length: 1 hour 38 minutes
Synopsis: Tonight (6/3/24), in our Monday Night Mishlei shiur, we analyzed what LOOKED like it was going to be the most difficult pasuk we've learned all year. The questions kept mounting, and I was nervo...

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Mishlei 14:33 - How the Navon and the Ksil Relate to Chochmah (Part 2)

בְּלֵב נָבוֹן תָּנוּחַ חׇכְמָה, וּבְקֶרֶב כְּסִילִים תִּוָּדֵעַ:

Length: 46 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/30/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, turned out to be one of the most amazing days of Mishlei learning in recent memory! We spent the first half hour refining each of the a...

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Mishlei 14:33 - How the Navon and the Ksil Relate to Chochmah (Part 1)

בְּלֵב נָבוֹן תָּנוּחַ חׇכְמָה, וּבְקֶרֶב כְּסִילִים תִּוָּדֵעַ:

Length: 45 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/29/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we began a pasuk filled with "Mishleic knowledge terminology": chochmah, navon, ksil, yediah. I thought we'd get bogged ...

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Mishlei 14:32 - How the Tzadik and Rasha Handle Adversity (Part 2)

בְּרָעָתוֹ יִדָּחֶה רָשָׁע, וְחֹסֶה בְמוֹתוֹ צַדִּיק:

Length: 47 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/23/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we continued analyzing yesterday's pasuk. You know the expression, "you win some, you lose some"? Well, that doesn't apply in Mish...

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Mishlei 14:32 - How the Tzadik and Rasha Handle Adversity (Part 1)

בְּרָעָתוֹ יִדָּחֶה רָשָׁע, וְחֹסֶה בְמוֹתוֹ צַדִּיק:

Length: 45 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/22/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we began learning what initially seemed to be a cryptic pasuk. We quickly developed a few approaches, all of which were fruitful. We began learning th...

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Mishlei 13:22 - How to Make Sure Your Grandkids Enjoy Their Money

טוֹב יַנְחִיל בְּנֵי בָנִים, וְצָפוּן לַצַּדִּיק חֵיל חוֹטֵא:

Length: 1 hour 38 minutes
Synopsis: Tonight (5/20/24), in our Monday Night Mishlei shiur, we learned a pasuk which fell into three problematic categories: (1) "quasi-non-sequitur," (2) "Is this really true?!&quo...

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Mishlei 14:31 - Dissing the Creator by Mistreating the Poor (Part 2)

עֹשֵׁק דָּל חֵרֵף עֹשֵׂהוּ, וּמְכַבְּדוֹ חֹנֵן אֶבְיוֹן:

Length: 45 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/16/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we supported yesterday's two approaches with explanations from the meforshim. Next, we learned the Malbim's idea, which took us into my...

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Mishlei 14:31 - Dissing the Creator by Mistreating the Poor (Part 1)

עֹשֵׁק דָּל חֵרֵף עֹשֵׂהוּ, וּמְכַבְּדוֹ חֹנֵן אֶבְיוֹן:

Length: 45 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/15/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we began learning a pasuk which exemplifies the interrelationship between mussar and our relationship with God. We developed two approaches, foun...

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Mishlei 13:21 - Self-Punishing Sinners and Their Opposite

חַטָּאִים תְּרַדֵּף רָעָה וְאֶת צַדִּיקִים יְשַׁלֶּם טוֹב:

Length: 1 hour 38 minutes
Synopsis: Tonight (5/13/24), in our Monday Night Mishlei shiur, we learned an oddly phrased asymmetrical pasuk about the fate of sinners and tzadikim. Using these clues, we were able to develop four approaches, ...

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Mishlei 14:30: The Effects of Envy/Anger on Mental and Physical Health (Part 2)

חַיֵּי בְשָׂרִים לֵב מַרְפֵּא וּרְקַב עֲצָמוֹת קִנְאָה:

Length: 45 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/9/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we had PLANNED to look into other meforshim in search of new explanations of our pasuk. Instead, we ended up going FAR deeper into the a...

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Mishlei 14:30: The Effects of Envy/Anger on Mental and Physical Health (Part 1)

חַיֵּי בְשָׂרִים לֵב מַרְפֵּא וּרְקַב עֲצָמוֹת קִנְאָה:

Length: 40 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (5/8/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we started learning a mystifying pasuk. Thankfully, we were able to take the ONE hint Shlomo ha'Melech gave us and develop several ...

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Mishlei 13:20 - How We're Affected By Our Peers

הוֹלֵךְ אֶת חֲכָמִים יֶחְכָּם וְרֹעֶה כְסִילִים יֵרוֹעַ:

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes
Synopsis: Tonight (5/6/24), in our Monday Night Mishlei shiur, we learned a really nice "starter pasuk" which is perfect for both the newcomer to Mishlei and for seasoned veterans. We came up with three appro...

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Mishlei 14:29: The Relationship Between Anger and Understanding (Part 2)
 
אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם רַב תְּבוּנָה, וּקְצַר רוּחַ מֵרִים אִוֶּלֶת:

Length: 47 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (4/16/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we began by recapping yesterday's ideas and refining our understanding of Metzudas David. Then we tackled the amazing Rabbeinu Yon...

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Mishlei 13:19 - The Psychology of the Pleasure-Seeking Life

תַּאֲוָה נִהְיָה תֶּעֱרַב לְנָפֶשׁ, וְתוֹעֲבַת כְּסִילִים סוּר מֵרָע:

Length: 1 hour 33 minutes
Synopsis: Last night (4/15/24), in our Monday Night Mishlei shiur, we learned a difficult-to-translate pasuk which was explicitly about the psychology of pleasure-seeking. Despite the difficutlies, ...

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Mishlei 14:29: The Relationship Between Anger and Understanding (Part 1)
 
אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם רַב תְּבוּנָה, וּקְצַר רוּחַ מֵרִים אִוֶּלֶת:

Length: 45 minutes
Synopsis: This morning (4/15/24), in our morning Mishlei shiur, we began our analysis of one of my favorite pesukim about anger. We developed a few approaches on our own and concluded by reading Metz...

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