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In This Issue
By Modya Silver, Co-President
Welcome to this summer edition of Yashar. We’ve just come through the three weeks of mourning over the loss of the Jerusalem Temple. I don’t know about you, but for me it seemed quite poignant this year against the backdrop of the U.S. and Israel not seeing eye to eye, against the rise of Iranian nuclear ambition and against the rise of anti-Semitism around the world.
Mussar is about living in the world, about taking who you are inside and making it a reality outside. The question then is what is your appropriate response to what is happening to the Jewish people today?
In February of this year, while in Israel, I went to visit a rabbi (who prefers to go unnamed) who for many years supervised a Beis Hamussar (Mussar study house) in Jerusalem and was menahel ruchani (principal) of the yeshiva founded by Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, the great Mussar teacher who died in 2005. I was so looking forward to meeting someone as steeped in the ways of Mussar as this rabbi must surely be.
This meeting was arranged by my colleague and friend, Rabbi Avi Fertig (author of the wonderful Mussar book, “Bridging the Gap.”) R’ Avi had given me the name of the yeshiva where the meeting was to take place, and the name of the neighborhood where the yeshiva is located, but nothing more specific. I took off in a taxi with a driver who knew where to find the general area I sought, and we did a lot of asking of directions as we drew closer.
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