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MAY 2015  • RELEASE/SHEMITAH

MAY 2015

RELEASE/SHEMITAH


A Mussar Gem

Those only content with luxuries soon become famished and needy, and everyone begins to act like their neighbor. Those satisfied with the minimum are called “lazy,” those who take their time accumulating wealth are called “negligent,” those satisfied with the essentials are called “weak,” and those who strive for more and more are called “men of action” whom people praise and are proud of, associate with, defend indignantly, and are pleased with.
Bahya ibn Paquda, Duties of the Heart, published in 1080


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  • Max & Anna Baran, Ben & Sarah Baran, and Milton Baran Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles; Evelyn Baran
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Alan MorinisThrough a Mussar Lens:The Spiritual Benefits of Release

This past Rosh Hashana ushered in not just any new year but a Shemitah year. Just as the Torah marks the seventh day as a day of rest, every seventh year is designated as a Sabbath year. Like Shabbat, the Shemitah year embodies a theme of rest—only in the case of the seventh year, it is not people but the land that is given a break, from cultivation. Additionally, some debts are remitted and certain slaves are entitled to go free.

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Ask QuestionsInquiring Hearts and Minds: Creativity

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

This month’s question: “One of the products that flows from “letting go” is creativity. Is creativity a middah?

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Welcome to Kallah Faculty

We are excited to announce the appointment of four distinguished Mussar teachers to serve as faculty for The Mussar Institute’s annual fall Kallah. Two members will serve as Core Faculty and two as Rotating Faculty.

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balanceFinding Balance in Our Lives

Would you welcome more peace in your life? Can you find equanimity, alongside the pressures of everyday life, so that you can experience greater joy? How do you achieve a greater sense of balance? What helps restore your peace of mind?

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Mini Kallot

TMI is offering a half day of learning in our Mussar Caravan in various cities. The Mussar Caravan may be coming to a city near you:

  • May 3 – Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, New York University, Manhattan. Register now.
  • May 17 – Stanford University Hillel, San Francisco Bay Area. Register now.

Help spread the word about these exciting events. Tell your friends and other potential students in the area about this wonderful learning opportunity.

Mussar for Children

The Mussar Institute is offering a new curriculum specifically geared to children ages 3 to 8—Jewish Values for Everyday Living: Mussar for Children.

The nine-month curriculum was developed by Michelle Princenthal in conjunction with TMI for use in both ECC and religious school programs, regardless of denomination. It incorporates easily into school programs, pairing Jewish values (middot)—forgiveness, patience, friendship, trust, silence, responsibility, courage, generosity, and kindness—with Jewish holidays and festivals.

For more information or to purchase the Mussar for Children curriculum, go to http://mussarinstitute.org/jewish-values-children/

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Grasping fist in a jarPractice Corner

To do this exercise, you need five nuts or candies and a jar with a neck that is big enough just to fit your open hand as you slip it in. Place the nuts or candies in the jar. Then put your hand in and grasp the nuts or candies. Try to remove your hand while holding on to the nuts or candies. Could you do it? Now release the contents from your fist. Will your hand slip out once you let go?


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Through a Mussar Lens: The Spiritual Benefits of Release – by Alan Morinis

Inquiring Hearts and Minds

Welcome to Kallah Faculty

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A Mussar Gem

Those only content with luxuries soon become famished and needy, and everyone begins to act like their neighbor. Those satisfied with the minimum are called “lazy,” those who take their time accumulating wealth are called “negligent,” those satisfied with the essentials are called “weak,” and those who strive for more and more are called “men of action” whom people praise and are proud of, associate with, defend indignantly, and are pleased with.
Bahya ibn Paquda, Duties of the Heart, published in 1080


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:

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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:

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: 305-610-7260