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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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Thank you to our generous donors:

  • Jeff and Cairn Aran
  • Julie August, in honor of Harriet Schiff's 80th birthday
  • Len Felson and Julia Rosenblum
  • Marty Friedman
  • Stephen Haas
  • Mark Kaufman
  • Joanne Lancin, in memory of Celia Spurr
  • Nana Meyer, the Pearl and Ira Meyer Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund, in honor of Alan Morinis and in memory of Pearl and Ira Meyer
  • Judy and Jerrold Schermer
  • Gary Shaffer

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Phone: 305-610-7260

Steven KrausTMI Introduces New Executive Director

The Mussar Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Steven Kraus, effective July 1. We are excited to have Steve, who was selected from a group of over 40 applicants, join Dean Alan Morinis, Associate Dean Avi Fertig, and Director of Administration Jeff Agron as they take TMI to new levels.

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Alan MorinisThrough a Mussar Lens: Uncovering the Truth about Ourselves

Ask someone what’s more important, their bank account or their soul, and all but the most foolish would answer that their soul is far more precious to them than any material possession. It’s interesting to observe, then, how few people live by those priorities. Checkbooks get balanced, taxes are filed, performance is reviewed, the bottom line gets tallied, but who does anything remotely like that for their soul?

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Neil HarrisReflections on 13 Middos of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter

אמת – שלא להוציא מן הפה דבר שאין הלב מעיד על אמיתותו.
Truth – Never speak a word unless your heart can testify to its truth.

Do the words we speak to others clearly reflect the feelings in our heart? It is vital that when we talk with our friends or family members we open up ourselves and show them who we really are. Our heart serves as a witness to what we say and who we are. The gemara in Yoma 69b states that Hashem’s “seal” is אמת , truth. By committing to speak the truth in all matters, we are connecting to Hashem in a very powerful way.

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balance 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. .

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St. Louis Mini Mussar Practice Workshop

“Honoring Self, Honoring Others” is the theme of a Mini Mussar Practice Workshop to be held Sunday, July 12, 9:30 a.m.–Noon at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Kopolow Building.

The workshop will include text study led by Rabbi Avi Fertig, Associate Dean of The Mussar Institute, focused on the teaching of The Alter of Slabodka, Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, one of the primary students of Rav Yisrael Salanter. Participants will also experience va’adim (small group discussions) and go home with ideas for developing a Mussar practice for the middah of Kavod/Honor.

To register contact Cyndee Levy, clevy@cajestl.org, or call 314-514-0038.

Mazel tov

CAJE Miami (the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education) announced that Efrat Zarren-Zohar, a member of TMI’s Kallah faculty, has been appointed Associate Director. Efrat will continue her leadership of the Adult Learning and Growth area, in addition to assuming new roles in the areas of development and in supervision of the Miami Jewish Film Festival. Mazel tov to her.

Study partners needed

Wanted: chevruta (study partners) for new Everyday Holiness students. If you have taken Everyday Holiness and would like to be a chevruta for a new student, please email chevrutamatching@mussarinstitute.org. It is a great way to give back and work on your own Mussar practice.


Practice Corner

Keep a journal. Write in it every evening. Record what you felt, thought, said and did that might reflect a “setting” of any of your inner traits [middot]. Were you or were you not generous when you had the opportunity to be? Did you or did you not express thanks when someone did something for you? Did you speak up or remain silent when you had something to offer into the discussion? Whatever you see to be true for you, record in your journal. As the dots take their place on the page, you will be able to connect them, and the map of your inner traits will appear before you, an essential step on the path of personal transformation.


Newsletter Home

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

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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