April 27, 8:00 p.m. ET
We encourage our facilitators to join Alan for this very special workshop!
Europe is once again in the throes of war and that is only one of the things that makes our current moment more turbulent than any we have experienced in recent memory. But if we go back only a little further, we encounter the Second World War and the Holocaust.In fact, we will be meeting on April 27 on the eve of Yom HaShoah, when we solemnly commemorate the destruction wrought by a dictator on European Jewry. Our ancestors may have learned Mussar in yeshivas and at home, but historical events called on them to apply their spiritual lives in unimaginably demanding situations. In this session, we will look at how various Mussar yeshivas responded to the coming of the Shoah and the lessons we may be able to draw about our own times and the challenges we face.
How does this apply to Mussar va’ad facilitation? A va’ad is a forum for every kind of spiritual issue and challenge, and there is no doubt that as individuals, we are all challenged by current events. Seeing how our wise ancestors responded to their surrounding realities gives us a template to consider as we (individually and collectively) respond to our own.
Unsurprisingly, one of the middot that was called on most heavily in their time was bitachon / trust in God, and there is no doubt that fostering that same middah is appropriate given the anxiety-inducing uncertainty brought on by living in turbulent times. The session will include a special focus
Alan is widely considered to be a leader in the resurgence of contemporary Mussar. Born into a culturally Jewish, non-observant home, he studied anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He teaches, writes curriculum, and speaks frequently. His books include Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, Everyday Holiness, Every Day, Holy Day and With Heart in Mind. on bitachon.
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