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OCTOBER 2014  • TRANSITIONS

OCTOBER 2014

TRANSITIONS


A Mussar Gem

Every second is a totally new world, and no moment is like any other.
– Rabbi Chaim Vital


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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.

Thanks to these generous donors and members:

  • Sammy Alzofon
  • Jeffrey Amer
  • Sam Axelrad
  • Lawrence Bach
  • Marsha Belford
  • Jan Bergman
  • Joni Brenner, in honor of Judith Laseron
  • Charles Brown
  • Lana Croft
  • Ellen Cronin
  • Fran Danoff
  • Emily Easton
  • Judith Feigin
  • Sandra Garrett, in honor of the birth of Nina Sadie, granddaughter of Alan Morinis and Bev Spring
  • Lisa and Jack Gildar
  • Suzette Gingold, in honor of Rabbi Howard Shapiro
  • Steve Goldberg
  • Laura Goldman
  • Lisa Goodman
  • Miriam Goodman
  • David Hoffman
  • Caroline Isaacs
  • Kathleen Jacobs
  • Michael Jaffe
  • Robert Kaufman
  • Joanne Lancin
  • Baruch and Chana Lazewnik
  • Amy Leider
  • Margarett McGuff
  • Lisa and Joel Marcoe
  • Deni Marshall
  • Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh
  • Rabbi Susie Moskowitz, in honor of Alan Morinis
  • Linda Owen
  • Chanin Rosen
  • Ellen Berk Rosenbloom, in memory of Jessica Miller Craig
  • Ali Rosenblum
  • Cheryl Sachnoff
  • Lisa Sacks
  • Cindy Sandler
  • Stanley Schiffman
  • Laura Smith, in memory of my loving parents
  • Will Soll
  • Beatrice Steinberg, in honor of Alan Morinis
  • Nancy Weiss
  • Leslie and Michael Windman

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Sandra Lief GarrettThrough a Mussar Lens: TMI in Transition

In recent years, I experienced the transition from a full-time career to retirement (more or less), and from being a mother with an unmarried son to becoming a mother-in-law and then grandmother with two extraordinary granddaughters who are now a significant part of my life. One of my most profound transitions has been from a person who just four years ago did not know what Mussar was, to a person now on the Jewish spiritual path that leads to awareness, wisdom and transformation. Each of you will have experienced your own transitions that will have challenged you and been a source of much spiritual growth. Hopefully, you have found some guidance in the wisdom that Mussar provides.

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Ask QuestionsInquiring Hearts and Minds: Whither Sarcasm?

Each month, Yashar will send a question to one or two Mussar teachers on an idea, practice, text, middah, or other Mussar-related challenge that someone is confronting. Email your question to info@mussarinstitute.org .

This month’s question:
 
I’m working on not being sarcastic. It’s so ingrained in our culture, as a form of humor. Whole careers are made on it. One doesn’t want to be known as “too serious,” yet sarcasm can be so hurtful. Do you have suggestions?

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Nina Piken-YarusKallah XII: Creating Space for Transitions

Rushing around from one thing to the next, juggling projects, deadlines, helping others. How can I possibly remember everything I need to do? What transitions? Everything runs into everything else.

Okay. Stop! Breathe. Take a moment to get centered. Just one minute is all it takes to get grounded and be able to focus and move on.

Do you have the Bitachon / Trust to let yourself experience this practice? Do you have the Ratzon / Will to sit for just one minute for your own benefit? Be Patient, have Savlanut, and give yourself this gift.

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Julie AugustAt Sukkot, Harvesting the Best in Ourselves

The Festival of Sukkot is one of the most joyous holidays for Jews. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the 40-year period during which the Israelites wandered in the desert following the Exodus from Egypt. We are commanded to dwell, and eat our meals, in a temporary shelter called a sukkah. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a time for farmers to give thanks to God for the bounty of the agricultural harvest. It is a time to contemplate our abundance with gratitude. In Southeast Michigan, the farmers markets are filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, including locally grown apples, to enjoy in the sukkah.

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Amazon“Smile” for The Mussar Institute

Do you have an Amazon account? If so, then whenever you shop on Amazon, you can help The Mussar Institute earn money through AmazonSmile. What is AmazonSmile? It is a simple and automatic way for you to support TMI (or any of your favorite charities) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you sign up for AmazonSmile on your account, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (.5%) to TMI. We are now one of over 1 million approved non-profits. Not all items are eligible, but tens of millions are.

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Bulletin boardTMI Bulletin Board

First Mussar Kallah in Europe

Sunday, October 26, 2014, in Amsterdam. Learn more.

Study with The Mussar Institute

Fall course registration opens Oct. 12.

TMI Membership

Membership for 2014 –15 now open. Great benefits.

SOMETHING TO ANNOUNCE? If you have an upcoming Mussar event, publication or other note, please send it to info@mussarinstitute.org for possible publication in an upcoming issue.


fall leavesPractice Corner

With our entry into a new year and the approach of fall, we have the opportunity to appreciate the transitions around us. Take some time out of your day, preferably in nature, to reflect on the cooler temperatures, gentle breezes, and changing colors of the leaves. Breathe gently in and out. Close your eyes. Breathe gently in and out again. What do you feel? What transitions are you experiencing in your own life now? Greet these transitions as well with a gentle breath, with appreciation.

And for those of our Mussar friends in the Southern Hemisphere: As spring approaches, reflect on the increasing temperatures, the drier air, and the scent and color of the budding flowers, and then continue to reflect on the transitions in your own life.


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Through a Mussar Lens: TMI in Transition – by Sandra Leif Garrett

Inquiring Hearts and Minds: Whither Sarcasm?

Kallah XII: Creating Space for Transition – by Nina Piken Yarus

At Sukkot, Harvesting the Best in Ourselves – by Julie August


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A Mussar Gem

Every second is a totally new world, and no moment is like any other.
– Rabbi Chaim Vital


Chevrah members access the HomeSite here


JUST 3 ROOMS REMAINING

for the Mussar Kallah, Nov. 13 – 16.
Register now.


SAVE THE DATE
MUSSAR PRACTICE RETREAT 2015

May 31 – June 3, 2015
Pearlstone Conference Center
Baltimore, MD


With Heart in Mind

Available now! Order

 


wwwfollow us on facebook

FOLLOW US ON:

Forward to a friend

Join our mailing list


Study Mussar

Course registration for fall is open

Chevrah members access the HomeSite here


Donations

The Mussar Institute depends on the generosity of supporters. Please consider making a donation to honor someone or to remember a loved one.

Thanks to these generous donors and members:

Become a member of The Mussar Institute.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

pushke


THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org
Email address: info@mussarinstitute.org
Phone: 778-300-6174