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NOVEMBER 2014  • GRATITUDE

NOVEMBER 2014

GRATITUDE


A Mussar Gem

“If man would hold in his [mind’s] eye the sheer pleasure of his continued growth, not letting habit remove his sense of smell, or dull his taste, then, in every instance he would appreciate and sense the taste of all the pleasure and joy of all his levels of growth.”
– Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the Alter of Slobodka, Ohr HaTzafon (The Hidden Light)


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Thanks to these generous donors and members:

  • Diane Baer   
  • Robert Barris           
  • Regina Begliutti      
  • Steve Birch, in honor of Rabbi K'vod Wieder
  • Peter Bluford           
  • Pamela Cole
  • Aveeya and Jonathan Dinkin        
  • Art Donsky    
  • Rabbi Barry Block and Dr. Toni Dollinger Block
  • Martha Dubinsky    
  • Barbara and Barry Epstein
  • Len Felson   
  • Dena and Stanley Forster, in memory of Arthur Nisenfeld
  • Jerome Frank           
  • Ziona Freelander, in honor of her parents, Leon and Esther Feldan
  • Monica Fuchs          
  • Ellen Goldstein, in honor of Evie Weinstein and Susan Goldberg
  • Joanne Green
  • Josh Gressel
  • Daniel Gropper       
  • Beth Halpern           
  • Eric and Susanna Henley  
  • Brenda Hooper        
  • Bonnie Houghton   
  • Michele and Richard Jackman, in memory of Millie Matis and in honor of Rabbi Barry Diamond
  • Michele and Richard Jackman, in memory of Millie Matis and in honor of Marcy Goldberg
  • Michele and Richard Jackman, in memory of Millie Matis
  • Susan Jaeger, in memory of William Konigsford
  • David Jaffe, dedicated to Herman and Rose Jaffe
  • Sandy Kaufman       
  • Daniel Kaufman      
  • Bonnie Kozek           
  • Joanne Lancin    
  • Jeannine Lumbroso     
  • Margo Martin           
  • Robert Mass
  • Howard Menaker    
  • Ilsa Mozga   
  • Bonnie Pastor          
  • Merilyn Robbins, in honor of her loving parents, Carol Ann and Walter Greenblatt, and her beloved brother Dale
  • Ellen Rosen 
  • Jeremy Schwartz      
  • Barbara Sachs Senn     
  • Amy Schnoll-Gritz, in gratitude for the spiritual growth that mussar has spurred
  • Cynthia Shipper, in gratitude for the spiritual growth that mussar has spurred
  • Rena Silverberg, in gratitude for the spiritual growth that mussar has spurred      
  • Prudence Simkin, in honor of Alan Morinis
  • Phyllis Somer, in gratitude for the spiritual growth that mussar has spurred
  • Sandra Stern
  • Suzanne Stier, in honor of Bev Spring and Alan Morinis’s becoming grandparents again
  • Suzanne and Stanley Stier (The Stier Family Charitable Fund)
  • Beulah Trey  
  • Adrianne Weissman, in honor of Rabbi Howard Shapiro

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This issue of Yashar is dedicated in memory of Millie Matis, mother of Michele Matis Jackman, 1922-2014, z”l

Through a Mussar Lens: A Wide World of Gratitude

Last winter break, my family and I were privileged to explore the Galapagos Islands.  One afternoon, during a hike, our guide exclaimed: “This is a National Geographic moment.” She had spotted two albatrosses, engaged in what she called a “love dance.” Albatrosses virtually always mate with the same partner for life, which is rare among animal species.  Each pair, though, performs this “love dance” only once or twice in a lifetime. Our guide, who sees albatrosses up close almost daily, had spotted this spectacle only rarely. The two albatrosses stood, facing one another, clacking their beaks against one another for longer than we were permitted to stay there and watch.

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Ask QuestionsInquiring Hearts and Minds: Starting Out

Each month, Yashar will send a question to one or two Mussar teachers on an idea, practice, text, middah, or other Mussar-related challenge that someone is confronting. Email your question to info@mussarinstitute.org .

This month’s question:
 
What is the best first step for one starting out on his or her Mussar path?

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Thank YouTMI’s Gratitude

The Mussar Institute is growing, and for this we give thanks, to you — our readers — and the enthusiastic participation of so many of you in all of our programs. Just in the past year, The Mussar Institute has initiated:

  1. Derekh HaNefesh, a 6-month learning program and retreat for Rabbis and Cantors
  2. the first practice retreat, held on the West coast (with the one in 2015 scheduled to be held on the East coast)
  3. two workshops for Reform rabbis
  4. work with Jewish Federations in leadership training
  5. our first Mussar kallah in Europe

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Amazon“Smile” for The Mussar Institute

Do you have an Amazon account? If so, then whenever you shop on Amazon, you can help The Mussar Institute earn money through AmazonSmile.

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TMI Membership

Membership for 2014 –15 now open. Great benefits.

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.


Love the One You're WithPractice Corner

What if you noticed and celebrated life with gratitude every day?

Our sages taught, al tistakel b’kankan, eleh b’mah sh’yesh bo:  “Don’t look at the vessel, but pay attention instead to what’s inside.”

Be grateful for the people in your life. By peering beneath the unattractive veil, you may recognize the good in the people in your life. You may be enriched by living with others, with gratitude.

Be grateful for your body. Too often, we see only our physical imperfections. When you peer into the mirror, embrace the blessings of your body. See its beauty and power.

Be grateful for yourself. Do not dwell on your mistakes and failures. Be grateful for the person you are and the person you can yet become.

Say a prayer of gratitude each day for each of these blessings in your life.


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Through a Mussar Lens: A Wide World of Gratitude – by Barry Block

Inquiring Hearts and Minds: Starting Out

Kallah XII: TMI's Gratitude – by Jeff Agron and Roann Altman


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A Mussar Gem

“If man would hold in his [mind’s] eye the sheer pleasure of his continued growth, not letting habit remove his sense of smell, or dull his taste, then, in every instance he would appreciate and sense the taste of all the pleasure and joy of all his levels of growth.”
– Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the Alter of Slobodka, Ohr HaTzafon (The Hidden Light)


Chevrah members access the HomeSite here


JUST 2 ROOMS REMAINING

for the Mussar Kallah, Nov. 13 – 16.
Register now.


SAVE THE DATE
MUSSAR PRACTICE RETREAT 2015

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


With Heart in Mind

Available now! Order

 


wwwfollow us on facebook

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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.

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