Yashar
ZERIZUT
OCTOBER 2016

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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This issue of Yashar is dedicated in loving memory of Norton Agron, father of Jeffrey Agron.

Through a Mussar Lens: To Grow in Zerizut, Pursue Love

In a New Yorker cartoon, the always very funny Roz Chast outdoes 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.”

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Just Do It!

voice lessonWhat is standing in my way? I start out with zerizut (enthusiasm) and then wonder why I am not supporting my choice with my practice. I have always wanted to take voice lessons. Finally, in my 64th year, I decided if not now when, and found a joyful, energetic, brilliant voice teacher. I love going to my lessons—so why am I not practicing?

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Environmental Responsibility Begins at Home

Bonnie's gardenWhen I think about the challenges before us to improve the environment, I feel an urgency to play my part in doing what I can to restore at least some part of it. But am I being energetic and persistent enough in my efforts? 

The middah of zerizut has a great deal to teach us in this respect. In our busy lives, we can easily rationalize that we just don’t have the time to do anything about the immense problems.

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The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions.NEW INTRO MUSSAR BOOK: Greg Marcus has published a new Mussar book designed to be especially accessible to those who do not know Hebrew or engage in traditional ritual observance. Alan Morinis says of the book, “The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions opens wide the door to a traditional Jewish Spiritual Practice that has the power to transform your life.”


The Practice Corner

Little girl protecting kitten's nap by shushingIn 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 someone who might love you more if you were generous toward him or her, and then go ahead and do something generous, whether with money, time, possessions, emotions or any other way they may appreciate. 


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

Just Do It! – by Nina Piken

Environmental Responsibility Begins at Home – 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)


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In memory of Norton Agron, father of Jeffrey Agron

Membership

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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