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RESPONSIBILITY / ACHRAYUT
AUGUST 2016

A Mussar Gem

“An unceasing inner gaze toward one’s responsibility leads to remembrance, remembrance leads to concern, concern leads to confidence, confidence leads to strength and strength leads to serenity and wholeness, internally and externally, in thought and in deed.”   
–  Rabbi Avraham Elya Kaplan


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Through a Mussar Lens: The Masters Teach Us Responsibility Through Their Actions

Rabbi Alter Henoch Leibowitz (1918–2008) was the late Rosh Yeshiva of the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva in Queens, N.Y., which his father had started in 1933. His father, R’ Dovid, had been a student of the Alter of Slabodka at his Mussar yeshiva in Lithuania. Then, in 1941, when the younger Rabbi Leibowitz was still only in his early 20s, the untimely death of his father thrust him into the role of leading the yeshiva.

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Obligation to Fulfill our Purpose

Bat mitvah girl practing torah reading with mentorA few weeks from now will mark the ninth anniversary of the publication of my first book, Bridging the Gap. After years of research and writing, I thought long and hard about the final message I wished to leave with my readers. On the very last page of the book is an author’s note, where I quote part of a well-known teaching from the first chapter of Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of Our Fathers). The Talmud enjoins each of us to “Make for yourself a mentor and acquire a friend.”

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Balancing Responsibility

4 people assembling water pipes and solar panelsI got my lesson in finding the right balance of responsibility a few years ago, as a volunteer to be the installation engineer for a small project in Haiti—a solar-powered water pumping system to bring water from a stream up a steep hillside to a mountain community. After a few years of happy retirement, I was delighted with the chance to do good and make a difference in the lives of those much worse off than myself, or so I thought.

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The Practice Corner

Dad doing laundry with babyThere is no way to cultivate responsibility except to act in responsible ways, and the best place to do that is with the people who are closest to you. Every day, consciously undertake two actions with the intention of helping people in the inner circle of your life carry a burden that they bear. Not only will that help them, but that is how you cause the trait of responsibility to flourish in your heart—an essential ingredient in the “wholeness” that is the goal of Mussar study and practice.


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Through a Mussar Lens: The Masters Teach Us Responsibility Through Their Actions – by Alan Morinis

Obligation to Fulfill our Purpose – by Avi Fertig

Balancing Responsibility – by Rose Ashford


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A Mussar Gem

“An unceasing inner gaze toward one’s responsibility leads to remembrance, remembrance leads to concern, concern leads to confidence, confidence leads to strength and strength leads to serenity and wholeness, internally and externally, in thought and in deed.”   
–  Rabbi Avraham Elya Kaplan


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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