We’re so busy having fun, we’ve not done as much praying or studying as I would like. And last night, neighbors asked to stop singing songs around the campfire. Ouch. Next year, maybe we’ll get all the sites here and not have any neighbors who don’t like singing at 9:30 at night. Meanwhile, let me tell you about our Mishlei (Proverbs) study . . .
We’re pretty laid back, so, having just started a new study of Wisdom Literature, I came with some general notes and planned more to have free discussion.
The cool things with Proverbs is that this leads to talking about our families, our history, and our experiences. We started with 10:1 and discussed 10:1-6 as a cluster of Proverbs loosely organized around the theme of diligence and divine blessing. I’m basing my study on Michael Fox’s superb commentary in the Anchor Yale series.
One of the cool discussion points was a riddle I asked about 10:1. Why is it less effective if you switch mother and father in this verse?
People mused a number of ideas and we had good discussion.
The point, however, is that a father is harder to please and a mother’s love harder to lose (there is a saying about a kid only a mother could love). So, if wisdom pleases the heard to please dad and folly grieves the easy to please mom, then all the more we want wisdom. Saadia Gaon said that this verse both encourages parents to teach children and children to learn from parents.
Just a little wisdom this Sukkot. May you and yours be wise, pleasing to parents, and teaching children along the way.