In elucidating King David’s humble self-attestation about the development of his wisdom, divergent opinions emerge amongst our classic commentaries: “gained from many teachers” or “far more than what was learnt from them.” Success was achieved because: “G-d’s testimonies were his conversation.” This insightful rumination cross-references and then differentiates from a Mishniac teaching attributed to the legendary Ben Zoma drawing on this very verse. Finally, multiple commentaries segue into layered penetrating insight culled from the Chassidic Masters. (Psalm 119, verses 99)

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