And He said to man,
'Behold, the fear of the Lord is wisdom and shunning evil is (the path to attain) understanding" (Job 28:28).

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline" (Proverbs 1:7). "And I said, "But they are poor, they have become foolish, for they did not know the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God (Jeremiah 5:4). Meaning; the prophet says "they are but impoverished of wisdom," these with whom I speak (Rashi). The very foundation of all wisdom and knowledge is to teach oneself to fear God. One must understand that God requites evil and rewards righteousness.

"The beginning of wisdom (chochma) is the fear of the Lord, and the knowledge (daat) of the holy ones (kedoshim) is understanding (binah)" (Proverbs 9:10). "For thou art a holy people (am kadosh) unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be His own treasure (segulah), out of all peoples that are upon the face of the earth (Deut. 7:6, Ex. 19:4-6).  A segulah is a remedy which can lead to a change in one's fortunes.

As king David says: "From all my teachers I gained understanding, for Your testimonies are my conversation. From the wise elders I gain understanding, for I kept Your precepts. From every evil way I restrained my feet in order that I keep Your word (Psalm 119:99-101, Eccl. 12:11-14).

"How manifold are Thy works, O LORD! In wisdom (chochma) hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy creatures" (Psalm 104:24). "For wisdom (chochma) is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge (daat) is, that wisdom (chochma) preserveth the life of him that hath it" (Eccl. 7:12, Proverbs Chs. 3, 9). "...and they die without widom (chochma) (Job 4:21), that is to say when they are without chochma.

Even though it seems
there is no distinction between the righteous and the wicked in the accidents of fate that befall them in this world, one should still follow the path of righteousness to receive the reward in the Next World (Psalm 19:8-12, Ch. 111).

A Hebrew - English Bible

The Torah commands us to recite a special blessing over the study of Torah before we study Torah. And it says among others: "These are the Laws whose benefits a person can often enjoy even in this world, even though the primary reward is in the Next World: They are: Honoring one's father and mother; doing acts of kindness; early attendance at the place of Torah study -- morning and night; showing hospitality to guests; visiting the sick; providing for the financial needs of a bride; escorting the dead; being very engrossed in prayer; bringing peace between two people, and between husband and wife; but the study of Torah is as great as all of them together."

"Hearken, my son, to the discipline (mussar, instruction) of your father (what the Holy One, blessed be He, gave Moses in writing and orally), and do not forsake the instruction (Torah) of your mother (the nation of Israel, as in Ezek. 19:2: “What a lioness was your mother (meaning your nation)!”; for they are a wreath of grace for your head and a necklace for your neck" (Proverbs 1:8-9).

It is taught that "Father" in this verse refers to God, while "Mother" refers to the nation of Israel. "Your Mother's Torah" refers to religious customs which were established by the Jewish people. These have the status of Torah and are binding. The requirement of headcovering is one such custom. Read more:
Headcovering in Jewish Law:

Children, hearken to the discipline (mussar, morality, ethics; reproof or punishment,) of the Father, and listen to know
(la'daat) understanding (binah).
For I gave you good teaching; forsake not My instruction (Torah) (Proverbs 4:1-2, 6:20-25).

Path of the Soul #1: Discovering Mussar By Dr. Alan Morinis

Judaism 101: A Glossary of Basic Jewish Terms and Concepts

Proverbs 6:16-24 teach that steadfast devotion to Torah and its commandments is the general remedy against all evil, and particularly against the "woman of evil", i.e., heresy, idolatry.

The Torah says: "Now therefore, ye children, hearken unto me; for happy are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction (mussar), and be wise, and refuse it not. Happy is the man that hearkeneth to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. But he that misseth me wrongeth his own soul; all they that hate me love death' (Proverbs 8:32-36, Ch. 9).


Muslim clerics teach; "As much as you (Jews) love life, we (Muslims) love death" (also found in PA textbook for second graders). It would be a fatal error to reject the Torah, the call of God's wisdom and instruction to mankind on how to live and how to behave. Israel is surrounded by neighbors willing to kill themselves in order to destroy it. The Torah also says, Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless those who bless you (Jews), and the one who curses you I will curse,.."


Proverbs 1:24-33 "Since I called you and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one listened, and you have made nothing of all my advice, and you did not desire my reproof I, too, will laugh at your calamity, I will scoff when what you fear comes; when your fear comes like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind; when trouble and straits come upon you. Then they will call me, and I will not answer; they shall seek me, and they shall not find me.


Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord (8:13, 1:7, Jeremiah 5:4); they did not desire my advice, they despised all my reproof- they will eat of the fruit of their way, and from their counsels they will be sated, for the backsliding of the naive shall slay them, and the tranquility of the fools shall cause them to perish. But he who hearkens to me  shall dwell confidently and shall be tranquil from the fear of harm."


Proverbs 5:7-14 "And now, children, hearken to me and do not turn away from the sayings of my mouth. Distance your way from her (idolatry) and do not draw near to the entrance of her house, lest you give others your glory, and your years to a cruel one; lest strangers be sated with your strength and your labors be in the house of an alien.


And you shall moan when your end comes, when your flesh and your body are consumed, and you will say, "How [is it that] I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof; and I did not hearken to my instructors, and to my teachers I did not incline my ear? I was almost in all evil, in the midst of the congregation and the assembly." This verses teaches that those who departs from the Torah and fall victim to idolatry will loose the life of this world and the next.

For a deeper understanding of this subject: What is a Former Christian Minister to Do, Convert?