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FEBRUARY 2015  • GENEROSITY

FEBRUARY 2015

GENEROSITY


A Mussar Gem

“The giver gets more than the recipient. The recipient acquires something material and limited. The one who gives, however, acquires for himself a good and pure heart.”
– Rabbi Yosef Yozel Hurwitz, the Alter of Novardok (1847–1919) 


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MUSSAR PRACTICE RETREAT 2015

May 31 – June 3, 2015
Pearlstone Conference Center
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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:

  • Roann Altman, in memory of Bennett Zarren, father of Efrat Zarren-Zohar
  • Anonymous
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  • Roger Bernstein     
  • Karen Cheniae, in honor of Roz Katz
  • Karen Cheniae, in honor of Andrew Gilbert and Gregory Leyden
  • Marsha Cohn          
  • Georgene Eisenberg         
  • Deena and Stanley Forster, in memory of Lucille Hindin
  • Deena and Stanley Forster          
  • Susan Goldberg Schwartz
  • Craig Gordon          
  • Annette Hamm      
  • Bonnie Haughton  
  • Felice Joyce 
  • Roz Katz, in honor of Pam Rollins
  • Joanne Lancin, in memory of Celia Spurr
  • Bonnie Leopold      
  • Guy Levine
  • Robert Mandell      
  • Nana Meyer
  • Bonnie Pastor         
  • Evelyn Prince          
  • Miriam and Daniel Scharf
  • Gary Shaffer
  • Janet Shalwitz        
  • Howard Shapiro     
  • Don Shapiro, in loving memory of Harold Theodore Shapiro
  • Betsy Teitell
  • Sue Weiner, in honor of Pam Rollins
  • Diane Wilson           
  • Martin Zwick

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Elderly man in tallit giving tzedakahThrough a Mussar Lens: Cultivating a Generosity of Spirit

by Alan Morinis

In honor and reflection of Generosity Week, I want to offer some comments (and mostly stories) about a kind of generosity that does not involve digging into your pocket. The fact is that you can give money and not care at all about the recipient. The motivation could be self-glorification, or satisfying a tax need, or something else that does not involve generosity of spirit. I want to focus on the importance of being a caring soul as a key component of generosity, and how that figures into Mussar study and practice, with the Mussar greats of the past as our exemplars.

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The Mussar Institute Presents Generosity Week, February 8-13, 2015

Open Your Heart During Generosity Week

By Margo Martin

The Mussar Institute’s fourth annual Generosity Week will take place the week of February 8–13. It challenges us to strengthen our generosity muscle. By opening our hand to give, we open our heart as well and experience a direct connection that enhances relationships and creates a powerful synergy.

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Ask QuestionsInquiring Hearts and Minds: Regret

A monthly question from readers. Send your question to info@mussarinstitute.org.

This month’s question: Where does “regret” fit in the Mussar teachings? That is one trait that has always haunted me. 

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  • Alan Morinis’s Everyday Holiness is now available as an audiobook.
  • Registration is open for the Practice Retreat, to be held May 31 – June 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Rates are discounted until March 1.
  • Save the dates for Kallah XIII, Nov. 12 – 15, 2015, in Zion, Ill. Kallah XII was our biggest and best yet, so be sure to make plans to be there this year.

I am Grateful listPractice Corner

Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler astutely recognized that the key to being generous is to foster gratitude. Take a moment to recognize all the good that has come to you in your life. Even better, write out a list of the ten things you are grateful for right now.

The more you can see and feel the gifts that you have received, the more you will be moved to share and increase the good you pass on to others. 


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Through a Mussar Lens: Cultivating a Generosity of Spirit – by Alan Morinis

Inquiring Hearts and Minds: Regret

Open Your Heart during Generosity Week – by Margo Martin


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A Mussar Gem

“The giver gets more than the recipient. The recipient acquires something material and limited. The one who gives, however, acquires for himself a good and pure heart.”
– Rabbi Yosef Yozel Hurwitz, the Alter of Novardok (1847–1919) 


Chevrah members access the HomeSite here


MUSSAR PRACTICE RETREAT 2015

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

Register Now


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