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In This Issue
By Modya Silver, Co-President
Welcome to 2010. The Board and all those involved in The Mussar Institute hope that it is a wonderful year filled with everything that you want and perhaps a few pleasant surprises too. There is a tendency in some Jewish circles to not acknowledge January 1 as the beginning of a new year. However, I think that this is a missed opportunity. While we have four “new years” within the Jewish calendar year, I think that any opportunity to stop and reflect on time gone by and time to come is worthy of attention and celebration.
Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe published his great work of Mussar, “Alei Shur,” in the 1990s. This great scion of the Mussar yeshivas of Lithuania passed away in 2005. These two facts serve to underline how recently we had a Mussar master living among us. And because he lived so recently, he was aware of the modern world and of us who inhabit it.
Another factor that contributed to Rabbi Wolbe’s sensitivity to contemporary life is revealed in the fact that the name his parents gave him at his birth was August Wilhelm Wolbe. He was raised in a non-observant Jewish home in Berlin, and he had a secular education at the University of Berlin (1930-1933). As his religious and spiritual life developed, he eventually found his way to the Mir yeshiva in Poland, where he became a student of the Mussar mashgiach [supervisor] there, Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz.
Mussar in Psychiatric Practice
Q&A: A Psychiatrist’s Use of Mussar As a Tool
Yashar: Tell me briefly about your practice?
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Yashar: How did you begin to think you could use Mussar in your practice?
Mussar Partner Wanted
Mussar partner wanted in Skokie Ill., W. Rogers Park, or Lincolnwood and not too distant Chicago areas. Contact: Mike Fisher 847-602-5982 email@example.com
Books for Sale
I have a boxed set of two books: “The Ways of the Tzaddikim” from The Torah Classics Library, Feldheim Publishers. Size 6 1/2"x 4 1/4".These books have not been used as I have found the print to be too small for my aging eyes. Offering them at the price I paid: US $26.99. I live in Vancouver, BC. Call 604-327-6799
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ASK AND YOU MAY RECEIVE: A NEW FEATURE
Need a chevruta partner? Do you have a Mussar book for sale or one you are seeking? Whatever your need or want in the area of Mussar, beginning this month, The Mussar Institute's newsletter, Yashar, will add a new feature—"Want Ads." You can advertise your need or request by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be sure to include your ad in the next issue of Yashar, as long as we get your ad by our deadline. The deadline is the 10th of each month.
COMING IN FEBRUARY—THREE NEW PROGRAMS FROM THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE
Middah A Month
Mussar thoughts, teachings, exercises and inspiration will be delivered to you, a new middah [soul-trait] in a monthly package. You'll receive carefully selected excerpts from Mussar texts -- to study on your own or with a partner -- stories to inspire children, exercises to help cultivate that trait, and a surprising and changing range of materials to deepen and enrich your engagement with Mussar and your own soul, one middah at a time.
If you live in New York or Los Angeles, you will soon be able to join a small group of people for the most enriched and challenging Mussar program we have ever developed. Over a two-year period, a maximum of 40 people will participate in a stimulating and challenging engagement with contemporary thinkers and leaders who will focus on Mussar subjects, though not necessarily only from a Mussar perspective. Among the subjects: a study of Jewish ethics with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin; and learning with a senior Mussar teacher (perhaps Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr, or Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein) who will explore Mussar methodologies of transformation with an expert in neuropsychology.
NETWORK – Mussar Group Leader Support
The Mussar Institute has trained more than 50 people to lead Mussar groups, and another 16 people are about to embark on the Manchim group leader training program. As this growing cadre of group leaders continues to form groups and lead people in the exploration of their inner lives and growth, the leaders themselves have needs. This new program will provide enrichment in Mussar learning as well as intensive supervision and support to people leading Mussar groups, especially our Manchim graduates. The first learning program will be a 10-part series of webinars with Rabbi Yaakov Feldman exploring highlights and issues in the Mussar classic, "The Duties of the Heart."
For more information on any of these programs, watch your inbox or email Info@Mussarinstitute.org