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August 2013  • Forgiveness

August 2013

Forgiveness


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“Hashem deals with our judgment the way in which we deal with others; if we … do not act strictly with others who cause us pain, [Hashem, too,] will not be strict in judging us. This demands an enormous amount of vigilance in our middot as we prepare for the Day of Judgment and during the Days of Judgment themselves. We must practice vigilance from anger and harshness/being inflexible during these days. If we mention [in our prayers to Yom Kippur], For You are a forgiver of Israel and the Pardoner of the tribes of Jeshurun, then the person who utters such a prayer must also be a ‘forgiver’ and a ‘pardoner.’ ”
–Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, Alei Shur (translation by Rabbi Avi Fertig)


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Welcome by Jason Winston

Welcome

In the va’ad about forgiveness in A Season of Mussar II, participants are invited to stand before the group and recite a prayer to forgive someone. The power of the words is palpable. Releasing the pain of a wrong done to you takes gevurah (strength), emunah (faith) and more than a little anavah (humility), too.

I felt moved, even as the facilitator, to hear myself speak the words and forgive someone close to me. I have continued to try to work on this middah, because freeing myself from the burden of unmet expectations feels so much better than carrying around that bitterness.

My biggest personal challenge with this middah is forgiving myself. Mussar helps me work toward a goal of living in the present tense, unburdened by past mistakes and worry about the future. Participating in and facilitating TMI courses keeps me focused on that goal, and I am deeply grateful to be on this path and sharing it with so many like-minded souls.

Several months ago, when we selected the 2013 themes for Yashar, we did not yet know that Kallah XI would focus on relationships. Yet, the choice now seems inspired.

Read Rabbi Berger’s exposition on the levels of forgiveness we can explore, Sam Finnerman’s recounting of his spiritual journey and Roann Altman’s eloquent article about how much the Kallah has to offer, and you will no doubt grasp how critical forgiveness is to building the relationships we want to have.

With the High Holidays just a month away and the Kallah a month later, the opportunities for growth and forgiveness abound. How could I ever forgive myself if I let them slip away? Hopefully, that will not be necessary.


Newsletter Home

Through a Mussar Lens: Exploring the Many Facets of Forgiveness – by Micha Berger

Welcome – by Jason Winston

My Mussar Journey – by Samuel H. Finnerman

Around the Mussar World: Temple Beth David, Rochester, NY – by Howard Brill

Chevrah Fellowship Expanding - by Pam Rollins

Mussar Kallah: Now's the Time – by Roann Altman

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Kallah Registration is Open!

Registration for Mussar Kallah XI, October 17-20 in Zion, IL is now open.

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A MUSSAR GEM

“Hashem deals with our judgment the way in which we deal with others; if we … do not act strictly with others who cause us pain, [Hashem, too,] will not be strict in judging us. This demands an enormous amount of vigilance in our middot as we prepare for the Day of Judgment and during the Days of Judgment themselves. We must practice vigilance from anger and harshness/being inflexible during these days. If we mention [in our prayers to Yom Kippur], For You are a forgiver of Israel and the Pardoner of the tribes of Jeshurun, then the person who utters such a prayer must also be a ‘forgiver’ and a ‘pardoner.’ ”
–Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, Alei Shur (translation by Rabbi Avi Fertig)


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