Posts from January 2015

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February’s Middah of the Month: KAVOD/Honor

by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

Judaism teaches that we are all holy, divine souls and that everything in the world has an element of holiness in it. (see Isaiah 6:3) The starting point for giving KAVOD—understood as both honor and dignity, is the inner awareness of one’s own holiness; from that awareness one can begin to notice the holiness of each […]

A Letter from the Brookline Clergy Association

by Naomi Fisher

Originally Posted on Wicked Local       Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:00 am      BROOKLINE, MA Dear People of Goodwill Everywhere, As a new year begins, racial relationships are once again gripping our national consciousness. We, the members of the Brookline Clergy Association, offer this statement of goodwill and hope and call for a renewed commitment to creating […]

January’s Middah of the Month: CHESED/Lovingkindness

by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

This year TOS is part of a groundbreaking national project involving the Jewish practice of Mussar. Each month our clergy, staff, congregants and sub-groups are encouraged to actively engage in the project. The first step is to learn about, and attempt to practice the Mussar Middah (soul-trait) of the Month. See below to get started. […]

December’s Middah of the Month: SAVLANUT/Patience

by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

This year TOS is part of a groundbreaking national project involving the Jewish practice of Mussar. Each month our clergy, staff, congregants and sub-groups are encouraged to actively engage in the project. The first step is to learn about, and attempt to practice the Mussar Middah (soul-trait) of the Month. See below to get started. […]

November’s Middah of the Month: ANAVAH/Humility

by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

This year TOS is part of a groundbreaking national project involving the Jewish practice of Mussar. Each month our clergy, staff, congregants and sub-groups are encouraged to actively engage in the project. The first step is to learn about, and attempt to practice the Mussar Middah (soul-trait) of the Month. See below to get started. […]

Reflection on ANAVAH/Humility by Hilda Lopez

by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

From the perspective of three years’ familiarity with Mussar “principles”, Hilda Lopez reflects on the challenge of practicing good self care while attempting to practice ANAVAH/humility (taking up the right amount of space)—especially if over tired, in a hurry, or if facing someone who is self-absorbed or blaming of others.  She writes:  “The hardest things to […]

Reflection on ANAVAH/Humility by Dorothy Lebach

by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

We learned that Humility/Anavah means taking up “No more than my space”, …and that it has a second meaning. It also means stepping up when called, i.e. “Hineini/Here I am.” The Hineini aspect of Humility/Anavah is the harder one for me. Thus, it’s the aspect I chose to practice. Here’s the first example I had […]

October’s Middah of the Month: NEKUDOT B’CHIRAH/Choice Points

by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman

This year TOS is part of a groundbreaking national project involving the Jewish practice of Mussar. Each month our clergy, staff, congregants and sub-groups are encouraged to actively engage in the project. The first step is to learn about, and attempt to practice the Mussar Middah (soul-trait) of the Month. See below to get started. […]

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