Yashar
GEVURAH
JANUARY  2016

A Mussar Gem

The flow of divine mercy (hesed) is too rich and prolific if left unrestrained. Given free reign [sic], it would obliterate the distinction between God’s response to the sinner and to the saint; the world would be saturated with divine grace. The superabundance of hesed must be controlled in order to encourage finite creatures to act responsibly. This limitation is brought about by ... gevurah, the source of divine justice. Gevurah and hesed complement each other, gevurah limiting the flow of hesed and hesed tempering the severities of gevurah.
– Earl Lefkowitz, “Kabbalistic Musar,” an article in the collection, The Musar Anthology


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Alan MorinisThrough a Mussar Lens: Understanding Gevurah

Alan Morinis delivered a talk on the rich topic of gevurah at the 2011 Mussar Kallah, and this month, as an alternative to the usual column, we invite you to listen to the recording of the talk.

Click here to access the audio: http://media.mussarinstitute.org/audio/Kallah-2011-Morinis-Gevurah.mp3


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Bulletin boardSOUTH FLORIDA OPPORTUNITY: Alan Morinis, Dean of The Mussar Institute, will be Scholar in Residence the weekend of January 8-10 at Congregation Shaarei Kodesh in Boca Raton. For more information, click here.

CHEVRUTA NEEDED: The course Everyday Holiness and others are looking for additional people willing to serve as chevruta to current students. If interested, please contact Kalinka Moudrova-Rothman at chevrutamatching@mussarinstitute.org.

Zerizut license plate from NYSPOTTED IN NEW YORK: Thank you to Robert Barris, who found this motorist, likely fueled by the middah of alacrity.

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The Practice Corner

man shoutingOne of the core Mussar practices involves reciting aloud a meaningful phrase with enough voice and emotion to cause it to come alive and be imprinted firmly in your consciousness. To use that practice to cultivate gevurah, recite to yourself every morning for a week one of the following phrases:

  • Self-restraint reduces suffering.
  • A wise man is strong; and a man of knowledge makes strength greater (Mishlei / Proverbs 24:5)

If you prefer a line of Hebrew, consider the same quote from Proverbs:

  • Gever chacham b’oz v’ish da’at ma’amatz koach

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A Mussar Gem

The flow of divine mercy (hesed) is too rich and prolific if left unrestrained. Given free reign [sic], it would obliterate the distinction between God’s response to the sinner and to the saint; the world would be saturated with divine grace. The superabundance of hesed must be controlled in order to encourage finite creatures to act responsibly. This limitation is brought about by ... gevurah, the source of divine justice. Gevurah and hesed complement each other, gevurah limiting the flow of hesed and hesed tempering the severities of gevurah.
– Earl Lefkowitz, “Kabbalistic Musar,” an article in the collection, The Musar Anthology


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*Thank you to the donors who participated in TMI’s first Giving Tuesday Campaign—2x2 on Giving TUEsday.  To this date, we have received more than $2,300. Our goal was $3,600, to help us develop Mussar-based programs for teens.  If you had the urge to give on December 1 but did not do so, we would still welcome your donation. Donations are shown through Dec. 26.

Thank you once again to all those wonderful people who supported our effort.

Membership

TMI Membership for 2015–2016 is now open. Support TMI and take advantage of special offerings for members. Click here for more information. 

Donations are gratefully accepted.

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THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org
Email address: info@mussarinstitute.org
Phone: 305-610-7260