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JULY 2015

A Mussar Gem

“Self-accounting is [the] earnest deliberation on one’s religious and secular concerns, in the privacy of one’s own thoughts, to discover what one has accomplished—and has yet to accomplish—of one’s obligations.” 
– Bahya ibn Paquda, Duties of the Heart [Chovot haLevavot]; 11th century


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  • Len Felson and Julia Rosenblum
  • Marty Friedman
  • Stephen Haas
  • Mark Kaufman
  • Joanne Lancin, in memory of Celia Spurr
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What is on your Spiritual Curriculum?

I have been thinking about my own spiritual curriculum of late. When I first began working for The Mussar Institute, the middah that kept coming up for me was patience. Why did so many people have so much difficulty using technology? It’s easy, no? So I started working on patience.

I believe I have made progress. How do I know? People tell me that I am so compassionate and patient with them. I may still feel impatient from time to time, but I am able to accept that and to reflect patience with them. I have learned to find balance with the soul trait of Patience—not immediately reacting with impatience but also not being infinitely patient so that my many other tasks are neglected. How I treat people is what is important, not how I feel. I’m feeling a greater sense of balance in this area.

What middah on your soul curriculum requires balancing? What areas of your life require balancing? Only you know where work needs to be done. Think about it. Where would you like to find more balance in your life? To help you in your study, we invite you to join The Mussar Institute community for an in-depth look at balance. The theme of this year’s kallah—our 13th!— is Balancing our Lives, Balancing our Souls.

What would your life look like if it were more in balance? What is standing in your way of achieving greater balance? Right now, without further thought, go to your calendar and mark off Nov. 12–15 for the Kallah in Zion, Illinois. Just doing that will get you thinking about balance in your life.

And then as you consider the benefits of having a more balanced life and middot that are in greater balance, register for the Kallah. Come help us celebrate our 13th year of learning in community. Receive support from others on this path. Mussar is best practiced with others, and what better way to do that than with The Mussar Institute’s community of practitioners? I look forward to seeing you there.

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TMI Introduces New Executive Director by Sandra Lief Garrett

Through a Mussar Lens: Uncovering the Truth about Ourselves – by Alan Morinis

Reflections on 13 Middos of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter – by Neil Harris

Kallah XIII: What Is On Your Spiritual Curriculum – by Jeff Agron


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A Mussar Gem

“Self-accounting is [the] earnest deliberation on one’s religious and secular concerns, in the privacy of one’s own thoughts, to discover what one has accomplished—and has yet to accomplish—of one’s obligations.” 
– Bahya ibn Paquda, Duties of the Heart [Chovot haLevavot]; 11th century


Chevrah members access the HomeSite here.


With Heart in Mind

Available now! Order


wwwfollow us on facebook

FOLLOW US ON:

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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.

Thank you to our 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