Yashar
BEGINNINGS
MAY  2016

A Mussar Gem

We must sometimes permit ourselves to begin things badly, just so that we begin them. Those who spend too much time preparing graceful entrances often never get to make them.
–Rabbi Shraga Silverstein, A Candle by Day


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Thank you to our generous donors & members:

  • Joan and Steven Belkin
  • Susan Benson         
  • Ken Birenbaum       
  • Maureen Bismark, in memory of Rabbi Kalonymos Shapira
  • Karen Cheniae
  • Judith Edelstein, in memory of Maxine Simon Unger, mother of Judith Golden    
  • Mark Edelstein        
  • Warren Ehrlich        
  • Susan Feinberg-Shear       
  • Samuel and Adriaan Finnerman 
  • Sandra Garrett         
  • Katherine Krause    
  • Joanne Lancin, in memory of Celia Spurr 
  • Joanne and Eli Papir, in memory of Ruth Piken, mother of Nina Piken Yarus
  • Susan Pardo 
  • Myra Peskowitz       
  • Pam Rollins, in honor of TMI Board of Directors
  • Edward Rosenwasser        
  • Jocelyn Scheirer       
  • Gary Shaffer 
  • Don Shapiro 
  • Michael Sporer        
  • Dana Sukenik Kornfeld, in memory of Ruth Piken, mother of Nina Piken Yarus
  • J Walker        

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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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For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org
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Phone: 305-610-7260

This issue of Yashar is dedicated in loving memory of Levi Beaupain, brother of Daniel Beaupain.

Through a Mussar Lens: Beginnings–Joy in Process

The euphoric days of Pesach freedom are just behind us and we immediately embark on a journey that will lead us to Mount Sinai, where on the holiday of Shavuot we received the Torah. You might wonder what lesson about the special days we will now traverse can be found in your first taste of really dry red wine or the first shot of an expensive single malt. We shall see. In my case, my response to these experiences was to grit my teeth, force a smile, and say how wonderful it was, while inside wondering why in the world anyone would spend fifty dollars for a bottle of this awful stuff. Beginnings are often bitter, and many of the deepest pleasures in life take time to appreciate. The Midrash puts it even more emphatically: “All beginnings are difficult,” it says. But how is the bitterness of something new transformed into the pleasure and satisfaction we crave?

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Taking the First Step

As the program team begins planning for Kallah XIV, we are delighted to invite you to join us for what promises to be a new beginning for the Kallah. After six great years at the Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center in Zion, Illinois, we are moving to a new venue—the wonderful Capital Retreat Center in Pennsylvania, outside the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. While we are well aware that all beginnings are challenging, we trust that any difficulties will be transformed into a truly memorable and pleasurable retreat experience.

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MAY EVENTS: One-day TMI events are coming to the Rochester, NY, area on May 15 and to Los Angeles on May 22. For more information or to register, go to http://www.mussarinstitute.org/events.htm.

PRACTICE RETREAT: The East Coast retreat will be held June 5-8. You can register here. Register now, early rates extended to May 10!

OMER COUNTDOWN: Daily emails are going out with a short spiritual practice related to Counting the Omer. Members are receiving weekly weekly videos from Alan Morinis and Avi Fertig. Teachings will arrive through Erev Shavuot. It is not too late to sign up for the remainder of 2015-16 membership year and receive the videos plus recordings of our membership webinars. Join now.

MUSSAR VIDEO BLOGS: TMI faculty member Chaim Safren delivers short weekly Mussar lessons on his video blog. Check out his discussions here.


TMI Team Expanding

The Mussar Institute welcomes Ruth Schapira as the new Director of Leadership and Training. Ruth will use her experience as the Director of Gratz College High School and Camp Ramah to expand TMI’s efforts working with professional and volunteer leaders. She will focus on recruitment and retention, assessment and training, curriculum design, and establishing professional development opportunities.

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The Practice Corner

Mountain in the distance with a path leading around a lakeEvery human being has the potential to be a beacon of holiness in the world. The starting point on the journey to holiness is the humble task of identifying one trait in you that could be improved upon and then committing to a process of growth and development in that area. Your practice is to identify one trait and one action you will undertake to change that trait. Start like that, and the peak of the holy mountain will already have come into view.


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Through a Mussar Lens: Beginnings–Joy in Process – by Avi Fertig

Kallah XIV – by Roann Altman

TMI Team Expanding – by Steven Kraus


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A Mussar Gem

We must sometimes permit ourselves to begin things badly, just so that we begin them. Those who spend too much time preparing graceful entrances often never get to make them.
–Rabbi Shraga Silverstein, A Candle by Day


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Donations & Memberships

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Thank you to our generous donors & members:

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.

pushke


THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

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