“Avoid bad pathways, so as to ensure proper observance” says Israel’s sweet singer. Yet, this seemingly simple sentence is actually loaded with nuanced and sophisticated messaging. What precisely is a “bad path” and why does it only lead to observance; wouldn’t that be a Mitzvah already? A range of classic commentary, accompanied by whimsical Chasidic aphorisms and stories fully elucidate this verse. From emotional and social wellness, we move onto cerebral health, as nourishing the mind and soul can keep us from turning off the road of righteousness! (Psalm 119, verses 101-102)

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