Midrash Proverbs, Chapter 12
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מדרש משלי (בובר) פרשה יב
כל מי שהוא ישן על מטתו בלילה ומחשב בלבו ואומר אני משכים מחר ואעשה טובה עם פלוני, הוא עתיד לשמוח עם הצדיקים בגן עדן לעתיד לבא, שנאמר וליועצי שלום שמחה.
Whoever thinks to himself or herself before going to sleep at night, “When I wake up tomorrow I will do good things for So-and-So.” That person will ultimately share great joy with the Good People in the Future, in the Next World, as the verse states, “For those who plan good, there is joy.” (Proverbs 12:20) [Translation by Danny Siegel]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. Why does this text focus on planning good things rather than doing them? How is this significant?

2. Why is planning an important part of social action?

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Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)