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Friday, 03 September 2010 21:52

why mussar?

Mussar is a discipline of steady personal character refinement. 
Our Mussar Master, Messiah Yeshua taught us how we should bring good fruit as a demonstration of our purposeful lives.  Mussar is one important component of being a disciple and light of Messiah.

You are the light of the world.  A city that sits on the mountain will not be hidden, nor do people kindle a lamp just to put it under the bushel measure, but on the menorah, to illuminate all who are in the house.  So also, shine your light before sons of men, so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16, DHE)

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Monday, 30 August 2010 05:41

getting started

Here's how it all works. The chart below shows how this website will aid you through the process of making your life a wellspring.  This is not a passive study program.  The key to tuning your character traits is making mussar an active daily practice with the steps below.

Program Chart 

signup

commit
  • If you are looking for a meaningful mussar practice in a committed community, then look no further.  Signup with Riverton Mussar on the homepage to receive the weekly email with the middah (character trait) of the week, and donate to keep the program going.
get source books
  • We recommend having a copy of Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, and a journal.  These can be found here.  Other books recommendations are here.

weekly activities

jumpstart
  • You week will start out by reading an email which will be sent to you from the Riverton Mussar website on Saturday night.  This will summarize the middah for the week and help you get started .  Take time on Sunday to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to this middah.
prepare
  • Use the resources on this website to understand the nature of the middah for the week. Acquaint yourself with the middah and inspire yourself with the various writings regarding work on this trait.  In addition, read your classic and contemporary mussar texts to help supplement your learning.
partner
  • Schedule time with your chevrutah partner for study during the week.  If you get together in the latter half of the week, this will give you both time to observe and discuss your own interactions regarding the weekly middah before getting together.
reflect
  • On Saturday evening, after sundown, finish your final journal entry for the previous week by looking back at your weekly experiences.  Review your journal entries and summarize your discoveries for the past week.  Add up your accounting for each day and review the results. 

 

daily activities

meditation (hitbonenut)
  • this is best perfomed in the morning before the days' duties
  • find a quiet spot to sit in where you will be undisturbed for at least 10 minutes
  • allocate the time to meditate as a necessity, like you would to eat breakfast or shower
  • find a comfortable space on the floor and breathe in and out  - and notice your breath
  • when your breath becomes uncalculated and you find a natural rhythm, you are ready to proceed
  • say, think or feel shlema (wholeness) – focus and block out external noises and mind noise
  • don’t wander, come back if necessary in your meditation
  • at the end of the day write what distracts you during your meditation in your journal (as it will illuminate what middot are your working points in your morning mantra)
nourish
  • Use the resource page for the middah to gain insights and experiences from mussar masters, leaders, and fellow members.  As the community grows, this resource collection will grow.  While each of our experiences are unique, many of these insights will nourish your soul with wisdom and give you the tools for self-awareness and growth.
observe
  • As you progress through each day, make a mental note of your successes and failures as they relate to the weekly middah.

    Become sensitive to the soul traits inside you.  Heighten your awareness.  It means being aware of the seed of a thought, word, feeling or deed as early as possible in its cycle of germination and birth.  As you go through each day, recognize when your middah is being challenged and how you respond to a particular situation.
correct
  • On Saturday evening, after sundown, look back at your experiences of the week.  Review your journal entries and summarize your discoveries for the week. After you add up your accounting for each day and review the results, make a mental note of where your inability to master self-restraint affected your performance of a particular middah.
    As you prepare to enter a new week, consider where your need to improve lies.  In order to have success in the next week, resolve to be more aware of your behavioral patterns and reign in potentially damaging behavior.  Are you prone to lust?  Look the other way.  Do you have a tendency towards lying?  Perhaps in tandem you need to not only master truth but silence.  Rework problematic soul traits to the root so that it is not a barrier to the soul.  

    Harness the power to correct your middot with this thought:

    "External motions instigate internal motions."  --Rav Chaim Luzzatto
share
  • The power of Riverton Mussar lies in being a collective.  As we share our experiences in an objective fashion with many members, we empower and encourage those around us who may struggle with the same middah that it is possible to change and achieve more wholeness.  Members will be encouraged to participate in our private Facebook discussion group.
journal
  • Each day, it is imperative to journal before retiring.  This includes scoring yourself on the 13 middot and journaling on one or many experiences which reflect on the main middah of focus for the week.  The only night where you would not journal is Friday night, since it is the Shabbat.  Rather, you would journal Friday and Saturday's progress for both days accordingly in your journal following the close of Shabbat.  When you have finished those two entries and accounting, look back at your experiences for the week.  Review your journal entries and summarize your discoveries for the week.  Add up your accounting for each day and review the results.  The cycle begins again each 13 weeks, so you will be able to work on this middah again in 3 months so keep in mind you will have the ability to return to a particular middah again as need be.
Monday, 23 August 2010 20:04

meditations of the BeShT

art-yafa-homeOn his 16th birthday, the Baal Shem Tov wandered into the open fields to meditate on the significance of the day. He had been lodging at a local inn in a nearby village, managed by Aaron Shlomo the innkeeper and his wife Zlata Rivka. The simplest Jews, they were barely literate in daily prayers. but both were God fearing, and praised God at every opportunity. "Blessed is He forever!" offered the innkeeper, while his wife would say, "Blessed be His Holy Name." In the fields the Baal Shem Tov recited Psalms with great feeling, concentrating on the various mystical intentions associated with each verse, that his mentor the hidden Tzadik Rabbi Chaim had imbued him with. Immersed in spiritual thought, he suddenly saw Elijah the Prophet standing before him. Although he had merited such visions before with the other mystics, he was humbled by this first vision alone, a smile on the Prophet's countenance. Said the Prophet, "You invest such effort in meditation, trying to attain lofty levels, while the hearfelt words said by Aaron Shlomo and his wife cause a delight in Heaven, more than the commotion caused by the esoteric meditations of the righteous. When God is blessed, this causes great satisfaction on High, particularly when offered by simple folk, whose sincere faith unites them constantly with the Creator." The Baal Shem Tov later shared this revelation with the circle of hidden mystics and suggested they inquire after the welfare of the common folk in their travels. This will cause them to praise God, and if they are not faring well, our concern will cause them to arouse Divine mercy with their supplications.1

 

1. The Great Mission: the life and story of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, Eli Friedman, Kehot pub, p. 16-17

Monday, 23 August 2010 19:56

questions to ask yourself

art-questionsUse these questions to evaluate your day:

  1. What tests did you encounter today?
  2. Were there any surprises today that caught you off guard?  Were they based on some pre-set expectations you had?  How did you handle them?
  3. Think of several good things that happened today.  What was your reaction to them compared to the difficult things?
  4. If you were unsettled today by something, what did you do to get yourself balanced?  What worked and what didn't?
  5. Were you able to use prayer or meditation to calm your soul?
Monday, 05 July 2010 00:35

decisiveness

middahTo decide is to affect change.

Decisiveness requires one to act with sufficient forethought to make a decision with the best chance for success, but with willingness and readiness so as not to miss the opportunity.

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Suggested practices:

  • Take some time to go through your closets/dressers/garage/basement and decide which items do not serve you anymore. Bring those items to a nearby donation store/drop-off point.
  • Bring to mind a decision that you have been wavering on and contemplate/research all options and act.
  • Create a plan for your week perhaps in meals, scheduling, budgeting your money, recreation, fitness, etc... See if planning and organization helps you in the area of decisiveness regarding this matter.
  • Lay out an outline of a plan for the year and write down some steps on how you will decide to pursue that plan.

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Monday, 05 July 2010 01:14

separation

"Strengthen yourself so you can stop lewd thoughts." --Rabbi M. M Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh 

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People who are well-versed in this middah accept the appropriate responsibilities and seek to fulfill them and them alone. Those who are strong in this middah can also separate from the visual culture which seeks to overwhelm and draw us away from Hashem. If we draw close to those we are destined to draw close to, and separate ourselves from relationships that are forbidden, unhealthy or unsanctified,  then we will receive what separation has for us as its due reward: holiness.

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Monday, 05 July 2010 01:14

truth

"Do not allow anything to pass your lips that you are not certain is completely true.'" --Rabbi M.M. Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh

Anyone possessing truth is able to live a more conflict-free life; for as truth brings clarity, so too does it bring purpose and determination.  Do not allow anything to pass your lips that you are not certain is completely true.  Be a friend of truth and sponsor it.

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Monday, 05 July 2010 01:13

calmness

"The words of the wise are stated gently." --Rabbi M.M. Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh

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Monday, 05 July 2010 01:12

silence

middahSilence offers deeper engagement with the world.

Silence is the ultimate purity in speech. By immersing ourselves in moments of silence (apart from technology and social interactions), we can begin to listen to greater things as Hashem speaks to us through our souls, minds, and hearts.

Perfecting this trait allows one to know when to speak and when not to speak. When we exemplify silence so as to not commit lashon hara (evil speech), we are using our speech in the purest way possible. However, silence can also be a detriment if someone is counting on you to say something to uplift, defend or contribute. A perfect balance of this trait is using every word for higher reasons, not just to fill the air. Before you open your mouth, be silent and reflect: “What benefit will my speech bring to me or others?”

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Suggested practices: 

  • Say only positive words regarding a situation or person.
  • Listen more than you speak this week.
  • Practice being comfortable with silence in a conversation and don’t seek to fill the quiet spaces with awkward conversation.
  • If a situation arises and someone or a group needs defense, do not be silent. Rather gently defend by commenting or speaking your truth to correct and bring honor. Do not be complicit.

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"Before you open your mouth, be silent and reflect: 'What benefit will my speech bring me or others?'" --Rabbi M.M. Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh

Silence is the ultimate purity in speech.  As the menorah in the Temple represented purity and brilliance, so too do we shine like a menorah when we guard our words.  When we exemplify silence so as to not commit lashon hara, we are using our speech in the purest way possible.   Before you open your mouth, be silent and reflect: "What benefit will my speech bring to me or others?"

Monday, 05 July 2010 01:11

diligence

Memory Verse: "Always find something to do - for yourself or for a friend, and don't allow a moment of your life to be wasted." --Rabbi M. M. Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh

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In our own pursuits of being light enough to be moved about in learning and positive growth, we are strong enough to pursue these goals without being shaken or giving up. One who is diligent is eager to learn and grow, persistently working to realize the next level - whatever that may be. The diligent person is never idle – always assessing, always reevaluating.

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Here's a drash on loving-kindness adapted from my book Creation to Completion, wh . . .
chesed and truth
For the Torah was given through Moshe; chesed and truth came through Yeshua the M . . .
chesed and forgiveness
In his commentaries in both the Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur Koren Machzorim Rabbi . . .
how the world stands
A woman died and left no money to pay for her funeral. She was an inhabitant of o . . .
His chesed is always there!
One of the high points of the Passover Seder every year, especially when our ki . . .
do a chesed
There was an older gentleman I used to to interact with fairly regularly at a Ra . . .
bottled up kindness
'The kindnesses of the Lord I shall sing forever; to generation after generation . . .
showering chesed
The Hebrew word for loving-kindness is chesed.    . . .

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