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Welcome Modya Silver
Through a Mussar LensBy Alan Morinis
Mussar Want-Ads
Upcoming Events and Announcements


By Modya Silver, Co-President

Today is the third day of Passover. That means that by the time you read this you should have sobered up from drinking eight glasses of wine and had your fill of matzah, maror and many other things that are an assault on our bodies. Also, it’s only one month after we over-loaded our bodies at Purim by over-drinking.

It’s funny that many of our Holy Days seem to be laced with extreme measures and yet our teachings from the Mussar tradition preach moderation and finding the middle way. This dichotomy seems to run through everything we do in life and provides an interesting point of reflection for us in developing our character traits.

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By Alan Morinis

It is well known and easily understood that matzah represents the middah [trait] of humility. Compared to the fancy, inflated breads that take four or five adjectives to describe (like multi-grain seeded artisan fig and olive, for example), the humble matzah is simple and unpretentious, admirable qualities for a human being as well.

The matzah I am eating this year holds special significance because my own eyes observed it being made, baked and packaged. The Olympics were coming to my hometown of Vancouver, promising crowds, traffic and mayhem. What an excellent time to make my first visit to Israel in 42 years. And there I was able to fulfill the mitzvah of observing matzah being made.

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Testimonials: Mussar Want-Ads Work

Our new Mussar Want-Ads really work. Here are two testimonials from Yashar readers who emailed us to express their gratitude:

My ad RE: "Ways of the Tzaddikkim," which ran in Yashar solicited a reply the following day from a man in Ottawa. He is connected with the JCC there and belongs to a Mussar group, which needed a copy of the "Ways of the Tzaddikim." All this to show you that the Want-Ad did work, for which I thank you.

Yesterday I saw the "Mussar Want-Ad" in my emailed newsletter from The Mussar Institute. Since I live in Chicago, I decided to contact [the person] who was seeking a chevruta [study partner]. I live within five miles of him and we actually met up last night for mincha/maariv at a shul near his home. He and I will, hopefully, start learning very soon. I'm very excited and just wanted you to know that the "want-ad" idea seems to have worked.

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