Yashar

straight • upright • righteous

newsletter of  The Mussar Institute

September 2014  • Zerizut

September 2014

Zerizut


A Mussar Gem

“Delight and joy must accompany your every spiritual endeavor. Only when you delight and rejoice in each fine and positive deed will you have the enthusiasm to act in the most ideal manner and add to your deeds every day. Only when the delight and joy in your heart are bound to your fine and positive actions will they be anchored in you.”
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865 – 1935)


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JOIN US FOR THE MUSSAR KALLAH

Nov. 13 – 16 at the Illinois Beach Resort in Zion, IL. Registration now open.


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May 31 – June 3, 2015
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FIRST MUSSAR KALLAH IN EUROPE

Sunday, October 26, 2014, in Amsterdam. Learn more.


2015 WEBINARS: MUSSAR IN THE WORKPLACE

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The Mussar Institute depends on the generosity of supporters. Please consider making a donation to honor someone or to remember a loved one.

Thanks to these generous donors and members:

  • Jeffrey Agron
  • Roann Altman
  • Sandy Garrett
  • Gail Gumora
  • Joanne Lancin, in memory of Celia Spurr
  • Dennis Passis
  • Ellen Rosen, in memory of my beloved parents, Rube and Gertrude Rosen
  • Nan Rubin, in memory of my father, Abraham Jacob Abrahams
  • Michael Selz, in honor of our facilitator Pam Rollins
  • Dan and Sherry Weinberger
  • Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, in honor of Alan Morinis
  • Roselyn and Nelson Zackin, in honor of Suzanne Stier on her 75th Birthday

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This issue of Yashar is dedicated in memory of Ellen Farber Zarren, mother of Efrat Zarren-Zohar.

Alan MorinisThrough a Mussar Lens: To Grow in Zerizut, Pursue Love

In a recent cartoon in the New Yorker, the always very funny Roz Chast outdid herself with a retelling of the story of Genesis. It begins, “On the first day, God created nothing, because there was plenty of time.” By day three, God created a list. On the fourth day, He was not in the right mood. At the very last moment, on day six, “God created the whole shebang.”

A main practice on the Mussar path is to “walk in God’s ways,” which means emulating the ideals we see in God. What’s funny about this cartoon is that we see God walking in our ways. There is no evidence in the Torah that God procrastinated, but as for us, the signs are many. And so are the consequences.

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path in a fall forestKallah XII: A Zerizut Practice Opportunity

Congratulations to those of you who have already registered for The Mussar Institute’s upcoming Kallah—well in advance of the September 12 early-bird deadline. You obviously have some strength in this month’s middah of zerizut.

I imagine that others of you have noted the dates (Nov. 13 – 16) on your calendar but have not yet followed through to register, make hotel reservations, or perhaps even book your flight. That’s the second key component of zerizut—following through on the tasks to be done.

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Highlights from TMI’s Mussar Practice Retreat

Over a long weekend in early May, over 60 Mussar students and teachers gathered at the Brandeis Bardin Campus of the American Jewish University in Simi Valley, Calif., to explore the practice aspects of Mussar at the first Mussar Practice Retreat.

We came from all over the country. Some of us had been involved with Mussar for many years; others were newbies.

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Ask QuestionsInquiring Hearts and Minds Wanted

Yashar will feature a new column starting in October. We invite you to send any questions you have about Mussar ideas, practice, texts, personalities, middot or a challenge that confronts you in your life. We’ll invite a Mussar teacher (or two) to respond, and the question and answers will be published for the benefit of all.

Your letter may remain anonymous, of course. Email your question or issue or thought to us at info@mussarinstitute.org and we will do the rest.


TMI Bulletin Board

CHEVRUTOT WANTED: We need volunteers to be chevrutot for incoming Everyday Holiness students. The commitment is usually a one-hour phone call, every few weeks, over a six-month period.

Interested? Email Shelley Karrel, Course Coordinator at eh@mussarinstitute.org. We like students who have at least completed Everyday Holiness and preferably either Path of the Soul or Mussar in Action. We try to match chevrutot with students in the same time zone to make connecting easier.

WEBINAR: Alan Morinis will be conducting a webinar on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern for the Project Sinai Elul series. Register.

SOMETHING TO ANNOUNCE? If you have an upcoming Mussar event, publication or other note, please send it to info@mussarinstitute.org for possible publication in an upcoming issue. Please send items no later than Sept. 5 for inclusion in October’s newsletter.


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In his column in this month’s Yashar, Alan Morinis shows how growing in zerizut (enthusiasm; alacrity) begins by cultivating generosity toward others (which makes you beloved, setting off a series of steps that lead to zerizut).

With that teaching in mind, consider who might love you more if you were generous to that person, and then go ahead and do something generous for them, whether with money, time, possessions, emotions or any other way they will appreciate. 


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Through a Mussar Lens: To Grow in Zerizut, Pursue Love – by Alan Morinis

Kallah XII: A Zerizut Practice Opportunity – by Roann Altman

Highlights from TMI’s Mussar Practice Retreat — by Bonnie Pastor


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A Mussar Gem

“Delight and joy must accompany your every spiritual endeavor. Only when you delight and rejoice in each fine and positive deed will you have the enthusiasm to act in the most ideal manner and add to your deeds every day. Only when the delight and joy in your heart are bound to your fine and positive actions will they be anchored in you.”
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865 – 1935)


Chevrah members access the HomeSite here


JOIN US FOR THE MUSSAR KALLAH

Nov. 13 – 16 at the Illinois Beach Resort in Zion, IL. Registration now open.


SAVE THE DATE
MUSSAR PRACTICE RETREAT 2015

May 31 – June 3, 2015
Pearlstone Conference Center
Baltimore, MD


Save 30%
Use code AM814 at checkout
Offer good through 9/26/14

With Heart in Mind

Available now!
Order now


FIRST MUSSAR KALLAH IN EUROPE

Sunday, October 26, 2014, in Amsterdam. Learn more.


2015 WEBINARS: MUSSAR IN THE WORKPLACE

What topics would you like to see covered? Tell us.


wwwfollow us on facebook

FOLLOW US ON:

Forward to a friend

Join our mailing list


Study Mussar

Course registration for fall is open

Chevrah members access the HomeSite here


Donations

The Mussar Institute depends on the generosity of supporters. Please consider making a donation to honor someone or to remember a loved one.

Thanks to these generous donors and members:

Become a member of The Mussar Institute. The Mussar Institute gratefully acknowledges and thanks its 2013–14 Sustaining Members.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

pushke


THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org
Email address: info@mussarinstitute.org
Phone: 778-300-6174