A Mussar Gem
“People ... grow up surrounded with a superabundance of Divine favors which they experience continuously, and to which they become so accustomed that they come to regard these as essential parts of their being, not to be removed or separated from themselves during the whole of their lives. When their intelligence develops and their mental faculties become strong, they foolishly ignore the benefits the Creator has bestowed on them and do not consider the obligation of gratitude for Divine beneficence, for they are unaware of the high degree of the boon ....”
– Chovot Ha’Levavot [Duties of the Heart] by Rabbi Bahya ibn Paquda (11th century); Introduction to Gate 2.
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The Mussar Institute depends on the generosity of supporters. Please consider making a donation to honor someone or to remember a loved one.
Thank you to our generous donors & members:
- Jeffrey Agron
- Barry Block and Toni Dollinger Block
- Art Donsky
- Emily Easton
- Sandra Garrett, in honor of the birth of Steven Kraus’s grandson, Yaakov Hillel (Jacob Henry)
- Sandra Garrett
- Kathryn Heller
- Brett Isserow
- Daniel Kaufman, the Henry and Elaine Kaufman Foundation
- Hephzibah Kolban
- Steven Kraus, in memory of Phyllis and Stanley Kraus, and Max Rosenzveig
- Joanne Lancin, in memory of Celia Spurr
- Damaris Methner
- Pam Rollins
- Gary Shaffer
- Suzanne and Stanley Stier, in memory of Ann Ellman
- Betsy Teitell
- Efrat Zarren-Zohar, in memory of her parents, Bennett and Ellen Zarren
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TMI Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement
The Mussar Institute has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal is to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
Why is it called the 2 x 2 on Giving TUEsday Campaign? Here is the how the equation works. We are asking you to donate:
2 x (double chai [life] = $36)
2 (from you and one other social media friend)
on Giving TUE(get the joke?)sday
Our campaign goal is to receive $3,600 (200 x chai) to fund the planning of a teen Mussar program.
But we cannot do this alone. We can only do it all TUEgether on Tuesday, December 1. To donate, just go to our website on December 1: www.mussarinstitute.org.
Thank you in advance for joining our #GivingTuesday Team.
Through a Mussar Lens: Reasons to be Grateful for Everything – by Alan Morinis
#GivingTuesday – by Steven Kraus
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