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By Modya Silver, Co-President
In the Talmud (Bava Kama 97b), we learn that Abraham minted a coin that had an image of an old man on one side and a young man on the other. While emperors, kings and the like minted coins with their own image, Abraham chose an unusual configuration.
Now fast forward to the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Moses asked for the Israelites to go out to the wilderness to offer sacrifices to G-d. Pharaoh responded by saying that all men aged 20-60 could go. Isn't that a little strange? We would think that those men, who are in the prime of their lives, the ones serving as slaves to Pharaoh and helping build his empire, would be the ones not allowed to take a three-day vacation.
It is 14 years since the way of Mussar came into my life, and seven years since the founding of The Mussar Institute, and it may be an inherent feature of the number seven that brings us to a time of renewal right now. I want you to join me in offering a warm welcome to Michael Burnham, who joins The Mussar Institute as our first Executive Director. Having Michael step into that role to lead us in the many ways we are active propagating Mussar and serving the community is an enormous leap in our activities. Michael and I will be partners, and I wish my new partner blessings in his work with us.
Renewal is afoot in my own life, too, at this time. I have recently taken to calling myself the poster boy for Mussar, not because I am exemplary but because I am so aware of my own need for the guidelines for living and practices for growing that Mussar provides.
MUSSAR PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
If you have been developing or delivering Mussar-based or middot-based programs for children, please get in touch with Alan at email@example.com. For a long time we have been receiving requests to create or make available material specifically for children, which we have not done. What we believe, however, is that others have filled that gap by creating their own programs. We would love to gather some of the outlines and materials you may have been using with children with an eye either to synthesizing the best into a program or creating a "materials exchange" where we can share what has been working in our different communities. Please be in touch if you have been working in the area of Mussar and children. We want to hear from you.
MUSSAR KALLAH IX
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