Yashar
RACHAMIM / COMPASSION
APRIL 2017

A Mussar Gem

The soul-trait of compassion may be more accurately defined as the inner experience of touching another being so closely that you no longer perceive the other as separate from you. The two are made one, as the baby in the mother’s womb. In that state of inner identification, feelings will be shared as fully as if they were your own. You will leap to care for the other as naturally as you care for yourself. Because the other is no longer other.
– Alan Morinis, Everyday Holiness, pp. 80-1.


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In Memory of David Abramson

David AbramsonHe was a bright light. Compassionate. Filled with love. A mensch. A mover and a shaker. He connected with people wherever he went. His goal was to get people talking, to get people communicating. He was always sharing his latest endeavor, hoping to bring others on board. Actively engaged with Landmark Education, Challenge Day programs, the Association for Youth Empowerment—his goal was always to help break down social and cultural barriers.

He had only recently decided to spread his message to an even wider audience. He also realized that he could best get people to join him if he found out what they were all about and listened deeply to their story— which is how he and his wife Ellen wound up hosting TMI’s recent Jewish Spirituality Challenge in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That was Sunday, March 19, and by Thursday, March 23, he was gone. A beautiful soul lost to heart disease at the age of 63.

David A., as he was wont to refer to himself, was an exemplary model for what it means to be engaged in community and engaged with life. He will be sorely missed in the many communities of which he was a part, most notably in the greater Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

Interestingly, the Kallah program team had already decided that this year’s theme would center on Engagement. Just imagine what we could accomplish if we were all engaged in life in as holy a way as David was.

Please plan now to join us for our fall Kallah, to be held Thursday, November 30 – Sunday, December 3, at the Capital Retreat Center in southern Pennsylvania (outside the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area). Just mark your calendar and begin to consider: What does engagement look like for you? Can you keep it present in your awareness so that you begin to find opportunities for engagement, even before we meet later this year? I hope so. I look forward to being with you all again, and if you have not yet been to a Kallah . . . why not make this year a first for you?


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Through a Mussar Lens: Compassion is Not Optional – by Alan Morinis

Building Compassion in the Home – by Mike Nichols

In Memory of David Abramson – by Roann Altman

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A Mussar Gem

The soul-trait of compassion may be more accurately defined as the inner experience of touching another being so closely that you no longer perceive the other as separate from you. The two are made one, as the baby in the mother’s womb. In that state of inner identification, feelings will be shared as fully as if they were your own. You will leap to care for the other as naturally as you care for yourself. Because the other is no longer other.
– Alan Morinis, Everyday Holiness, pp. 80-1.


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THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

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Phone: 305-610-7260