Yashar
SILENCE/SHTIKAH
JUNE 2015

A Mussar Gem

Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel would say: “All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence.”
– Pirkei Avot 1:17 


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Alan MorinisThrough a Mussar Lens: The Gift of Silence

I have come to recognize a divine dimension to Costco. If you have ever shopped at that big box store (or Whole Foods, too, as someone pointed out to me) you’ll know that those stores provide free samples in every aisle, and that’s exactly how HaShem set up the world as well. Free samples of all the divine qualities are made available to us. You don’t have to do an iota of spiritual practice nor have any sense of relationship to God to experience awe at seeing a glorious sunset, or hearing superb music, or experiencing the birth of new life. Those free samples are handed out in aisle 12. So, too, with kindness, compassion and many other divine qualities: they are all available and known to all of us as free samples that come along with the experience of being human.

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balanceWhat Does Balance Mean To You?

When you think of having balance in your life, do you picture a life like mine? Hectic days switching from one project to another … phone ringing … people walking in and out … and then— the unexpected. Oh, no. Gotta reorder everything.

At that point, I take a moment and picture myself standing on my half foam roller … simply trying to stay on. In those moments, I am completely silent, as balancing while talking is out of the question.

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TMI’s New Logo

This is a Shehecheyanu moment for The Mussar Institute (TMI). You are the first to experience TMI’s new logo in the masthead of Yashar! A result of many months of deliberation, this redesigned logo is a powerful representation of TMI: who we are and what we do.  

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Mini-Kallot Rousing Successes

In April and May, groups in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York areas organized successful half-day gatherings that brought communities together to study Mussar and introduce it to new audiences.

Each Mussar Institute mini-kallah presented opportunities for local groups to reach out beyond their own congregations and organizations and share a communal experience with veteran Mussar practitioners and teachers as well as students receiving their first exposure.

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April eveningPractice Corner

Consider where your personal speech is excessive and pointless, and commit to reducing that speech and accepting silence in its place for one week. 

  • Do you tend to be judgmental of others? Be silent. 
  • Do you prattle on about trivial subjects? Be silent. 
  • Do you say much where little would do? Be silent.
  • Where is your speech excessive? Be silent.

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Through a Mussar Lens: The Gift of Silence – by Alan Morinis

Kallah XIII: What Does Balance Mean to You – by Nina Piken-Yarus

TMI's New Logo

Afternoons of Mussar a Roaring Success


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A Mussar Gem

Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel would say: “All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence.”
– Pirkei Avot 1:17 


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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.

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THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org
Email address: info@mussarinstitute.org
Phone: 305-610-7260