Yashar
CHESED / LOVINGKINDNESS
AUGUST 2017

A Mussar Gem

The sort of chesed Mussar students want to develop is characterized by benevolence taken to excess, which means beyond the measure of any sort of set or expected obligation that is simply required of a person (which would be categorized as tzedek—justice). In regard to clothing the naked and feeding the hungry, we are enjoined to push ourselves to excess. In these sorts of cases, kindness means we do things that we have absolutely no obligation to perform, or where we do have obligation and we provide a greater measure of kindness than what is required of us.
– Alan Morinis


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Favorable Judgment as a Strategy in Working for Social Justice

Elul Learning Program and Dedication

Elul initiates a very special period of introspection and self-analysis, two cardinal aspects of Mussar practice. Beginning on Rosh Hodesh Elul, August 22, TMI will provide a free, daily Mussar study and practice program.

The five-week program embodies five topics around the themes of Elul and the Yomim Noraim – Days of Awe. Each week starts with a short video introducing the theme of the week and the weekly practice (one new practice each week).

Each day during the week (except Shabbat), we will send an email with a short teaching/quote on the week’s theme, a question that the teaching provokes, and a link to the video and the practice for the week.

Two other customs for Elul are visiting the graves of loved ones and giving charity in their names. Visiting the graves of parents and grandparents renews a sense of continuity between the sacred past and the unborn future and fosters a sense of oneself as the vital link between the two. Giving charity emphasizes that we can be our best selves only when we are also concerned for the well-being of others. 

You are invited to sponsor a day, or an entire week, of this learning in memory of your departed loved ones. To make it personal and meaningful to all who participate, we ask you to identify one middah that characterized the deceased person which you (and others) can work on to honor that person’s memory. Program sponsors will be invited to participate in a special Elul/Days of Awe webinar presented by Alan Morinis.

We are requesting a donation of $236 for a one-day sponsorship and $1,000 for a weekly (six-day) sponsorship. Please contact Steven Kraus (steven@mussarinstitute.org) if you would like to honor a dear one by sponsoring this learning and whether there is a particular day or week that you would like to sponsor.

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Through a Mussar Lens: Generosity Begets Lovingkindness – by Alan Morinis

Finding Community in Amsterdam – by Bonnie Leopold

Kallah XV: Kindness on the Way to Holiness – by Nina Piken

Caring for Homeless as an Opportunity for Kindness – by

Art Raffle Benefits Children's Program – by

Elul Learning Program and Dedication


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A Mussar Gem

The sort of chesed Mussar students want to develop is characterized by benevolence taken to excess, which means beyond the measure of any sort of set or expected obligation that is simply required of a person (which would be categorized as tzedek—justice). In regard to clothing the naked and feeding the hungry, we are enjoined to push ourselves to excess. In these sorts of cases, kindness means we do things that we have absolutely no obligation to perform, or where we do have obligation and we provide a greater measure of kindness than what is required of us.
– Alan Morinis


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THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org
Email address: info@mussarinstitute.org
Phone: 305-610-7260