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.
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.
A monthly question from readers. Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month’s question: Where does “regret” fit in the Mussar teachings? That is one trait that has always haunted me.
- 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.
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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