In which we challenge the sacred cow of prioritizing the personal in religion.
If God knows who is righteous and wicked, why doesn’t God just punish the wicked?
The Book of Proverbs is an example of ancient “wisdom literature,” containing observations of human behavior and advice for practical or virtuous living. According to Jewish tradition, this book of the Bible was written by none other than King Solomon, the Biblical figure distinguished by his wisdom (1 Kings 5:9-14).1 Proverbs may be a book of ancient wisdom, but it still has what to teach today’s technologically advanced society.
For today’s example, here are 8 verses and/or passages from the Book of Proverbs that should be essential for anyone with a social media account.
In which the 10 spies described as great and righteous nevertheless devolve into fools
In which we see that sometimes God has to point the way, and even when he does, we’re not always able to follow.
In which we see a detailed ranking of the Jewish comminity
As we commemorate the giving of the Torah on Shavuot, we cannot forget the importance of actually *following* it.
In which we discuss a key difference between God’s righteousness and God’s justice
In a surprisingly subversive midrash, we give thanks to the frauds and scoundrels.
In which law and ethics of mamzerut are addressed from the mamzer‘s point of view