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

May 26, 2022 44 min

Mishlei 22:8 - The Consequences of Sowing Injustice (Part 2)

זוֹרֵעַ עַוְלָה [יִקְצׇר] (יקצור) אָוֶן וְשֵׁבֶט עֶבְרָתוֹ יִכְלֶה:

This morning (5/26/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we took a FRESH approach to yesterday's pasuk. We discovered some new facts which helped us better read the pasuk, and we came up with a few nice approaches which the meforshim helped us to develop.
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מקורות:
משלי כב:ז-ט
מצודת דוד
פירוש רס"ג
...

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Mishlei 22:8 - The Consequences of Sowing Injustice (Part 1)

זוֹרֵעַ עַוְלָה [יִקְצׇר] (יקצור) אָוֶן וְשֵׁבֶט עֶבְרָתוֹ יִכְלֶה:

This morning (5/25/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we began with a few additional points about yesterday's pasuk, after which we began a new and VERY difficult pasuk. We raised numerous questions and proposed numerous approaches, but if you ask me (and some of the guys in the shiur may beg to differ)...

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Mishlei 22:7 - Mishlei on Hierarchical Socioeconomic Relationships (Part 2)

עָשִׁיר בְּרָשִׁים יִמְשׁוֹל וְעֶבֶד לֹוֶה לְאִישׁ מַלְוֶה:

This morning (5/24/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we began with my grateful acknowledgement that this is my 300th Mishlei shiur, which I paired with an idea about the benefits of learning Mishlei every day. After that, we reviewed the four approaches we came up with yesterday. Then, in a surprise...

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Mishlei 11:21 - Mishleic Hand to Hand Combat ... In a Manner of Speaking

יָד לְיָד לֹא יִנָּקֶה רָּע, וְזֶרַע צַדִּיקִים נִמְלָט:

This evening (5/23/22), in our Monday Night Mishlei Shiur, we learned one of those pasuk that makes you go, "What the WHAT?!" I was worried about whether we would be able to figure out even ONE idea, but we walked away with five: three of our own, and two from the meforshim. We concluded with an id...

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Mishlei 22:7 - Mishlei on Hierarchical Socioeconomic Relationships (Part 1)

עָשִׁיר בְּרָשִׁים יִמְשׁוֹל וְעֶבֶד לֹוֶה לְאִישׁ מַלְוֶה:

This morning (5/23/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we began with a few short points about the previous pasuk, and then we started this new one. We came up with 3-4 nice approaches on our own. Tomorrow we'll see what the meforshim have to say.
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מקורות:
משלי כב:ו-ז
קידושין דף ל עמוד א
תרגום...

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Mishlei 22:6 - Mishlei's Approach to Chinuch ... Whatever That Term Means (Part 2)

חֲנֹךְ לַנַּעַר עַל פִּי דַרְכּוֹ גַּם כִּי יַזְקִין לֹא יָסוּר מִמֶּנָּה:

This morning (5/19/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we continued learning yesterday's pasuk - and boy did we get a TON of ideas about teaching and parenting! After reviewing what we came up with yesterday, we learned the commentaries of Saadia Gaon, Meiri, and Rabbeinu...

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Mishlei 22:6 - Mishlei's Approach to Chinuch ... Whatever That Term Means (Part 1)

חֲנֹךְ לַנַּעַר עַל פִּי דַרְכּוֹ גַּם כִּי יַזְקִין לֹא יָסוּר מִמֶּנָּה:

This morning (5/18/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we began learning one of the most frequently quoted pesukim in all of Mishlei. Because this pasuk lends itself to "fire from the hip" interpretations, we had to make a concerted effort to slow down and really LIST...

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Mishlei 22:5 - The Perilous Path of the Crooked (Part 2)

צִנִּים פַּחִים בְּדֶרֶךְ עִקֵּשׁ שׁוֹמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ יִרְחַק מֵהֶם:

This morning (5/17/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we continued learning yesterday's pasuk. After reviewing what we did yesterday, we were delighted to see that Rabbeinu Yonah said almost EXACTLY what we said. After refining yesterday's idea, in light of the meforshim and in light of last night's p...

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Mishlei 11:20 - Hashem Hates Crooked Hearts

תּוֹעֲבַת י"י עִקְּשֵׁי לֵב וּרְצוֹנוֹ תְּמִימֵי דָרֶךְ:

This evening (5/16/22), in our Monday Night Mishlei Shiur, we learned a difficult pasuk which several of our "go to" meforshim deemed to be so obvious that they felt they didn't need to comment. Thankfully, we were able to arrive at one complete idea and several other strong approaches. As it so happens, one of the ter...

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Mishlei 22:5 - The Perilous Path of the Crooked (Part 1)

צִנִּים פַּחִים בְּדֶרֶךְ עִקֵּשׁ שׁוֹמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ יִרְחַק מֵהֶם:

This morning (5/16/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we began learning a very strange-sounding pasuk. Despite having only three people in shiur, we came up with a really good explanation which answered all of our questions. We briefly took a look at how Chazal interpret our pasuk, which we hope to revisit tomorr...

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Mishlei 15:31-33 - The Developmental Trajectory of One Who Listens to Tochachah

(לא) אֹזֶן שֹׁמַעַת תּוֹכַחַת חַיִּים בְּקֶרֶב חֲכָמִים תָּלִין.
(לב) פּוֹרֵעַ מוּסָר מוֹאֵס נַפְשׁוֹ וְשׁוֹמֵעַ תּוֹכַחַת קוֹנֶה לֵּב.
(לג) יִרְאַת י"י מוּסַר חׇכְמָה וְלִפְנֵי כָבוֹד עֲנָוָה:

This morning (5/12/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we (ambitiously) set out to learn not one, not two, but THREE pesukim, chosen because the third one came ...

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Mishlei 22:4 - The Benefits of Humility (Part 3)

עֵקֶב עֲנָוָה יִרְאַת י"י עֹשֶׁר וְכָבוֹד וְחַיִּים:

This morning (5/11/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we continued working on yesterday's pasuk. We learned three similar approaches from Metzudas David, Ralbag, and the Malbim, then attempted to synthesize what we learned into a fully formed idea, factoring in other approaches that were raised over the past two days. Did we ...

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Mishlei 22:4 - The Benefits of Humility (Part 2)

עֵקֶב עֲנָוָה יִרְאַת י"י עֹשֶׁר וְכָבוֹד וְחַיִּים:

This morning (5/10/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we continued working on yesterday's pasuk. If Mishleic fruitfulness is measured by how many finalized ideas we arrive at, then today's session was fruitless. Thankfully, I define Mishleic fruitfulness by the richness of the discussion, and by that standard, today's...

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Mishlei 11:19 - True Tzedakah and Its Opposite

כֵּן צְדָקָה לְחַיִּים וּמְרַדֵּף רָעָה לְמוֹתוֹ:

Last night (5/9/22), in our Monday Night Mishlei Shiur, we learned a tough pasuk - tough because of its wording, and because of its generality. It took us a little while to find our footing, but when we did, we ended up developing three (or, at least, two and a half) ideas. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to delve into the meforshi...

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Mishlei 22:4 - The Benefits of Humility (Part 1)

עֵקֶב עֲנָוָה יִרְאַת י"י עֹשֶׁר וְכָבוֹד וְחַיִּים:

This morning (5/9/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we began learning what looks to be a foundational pasuk about two important qualities: humility and fear of Hashem. The fact that the pasuk speaks in such generalities makes it difficult to approach, but we raised a few possibilities and I'm optimistic about tomorrow (בג...

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Mishlei 22:3 - The Opposite of Seeing Evil and Hiding (Part 2)

עָרוּם רָאָה רָעָה [וְנִסְתָּר] (ויסתר) וּפְתָיִים עָבְרוּ וְנֶעֱנָשׁוּ:

This morning (5/5/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we continued working on our pasuk from yesterday and we came up with three (or four, depending on who you ask) nice ideas! More importantly, we emerged with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the Mishleic personality of the arum.
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Mishlei 22:3 - The Opposite of Seeing Evil and Hiding (Part 1)

עָרוּם רָאָה רָעָה [וְנִסְתָּר] (ויסתר) וּפְתָיִים עָבְרוּ וְנֶעֱנָשׁוּ:

This morning (5/4/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we began a rather tricky pasuk. Lots of questions and ambiguity. We made a few moves and discussed some nice methodology, but we're going to need to work on the pasuk some more on our own tomorrow (בג"ה) before we consult the meforshim.
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Mishlei 22:2 - Hashem Makes the Rich and the Poor (Part 2)

עָשִׁיר וָרָשׁ נִפְגָּשׁוּ עֹשֵׂה כֻלָּם יי:

This morning (5/3/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur, we continued our analysis of yesterday's pasuk, and learned through not one, not two, but SIX meforshim! We didn't manage to define how each one was learning the pasuk, but gleaned a little bit from all of them to sharpen our own ideas and to gain insights from their appr...

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Mishlei 11:18 - False Deeds and True Seeds

רָשָׁע עֹשֶׂה פְעֻלַּת שָׁקֶר וְזֹרֵעַ צְדָקָה שֶׂכֶר אֱמֶת:

This evening (5/2/22), in our Monday Night Mishlei Shiur, we learned another pasuk about reshaim and tzadikim ... or at least, those who do tzedakah. The questions we came up with pointed us in some clear directions, and we were able to come up with several approaches of our own - one of which was echoed by Rabbeinu Yonah. We also ...

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Mishlei 22:2 - Hashem Makes the Rich and the Poor (Part 1)

עָשִׁיר וָרָשׁ נִפְגָּשׁוּ עֹשֵׂה כֻלָּם יי:

This morning (4/29/22), in our Morning Mishlei shiur (which was slightly shorter than usual, due to Rosh Chodesh davening), we began learning a pasuk whose translation, questions, and problems were quite clear. We developed several fruitful approaches, one of which was Saadia Gaon's. Tomorrow we'll see what the other mefors...

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