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November 5 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Check out the Center at https://contemporarymussar.org/

Join us for a very special Mussar meeting featuring Nancy Axelrod, the Chair for the Center for Contemporary Mussar. Our middah this month is patience – סבלנות.

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Friday November 5th, 5:30 pm FRIDAY Teatime Series Middah of the Month
Our guest presenter Nancy Axelrod

This summer has been a time of awakening for so many of us. The pandemic that has caused grief and trauma for so many, the anger and malaise many feel and express wildly, the killings of George Floyd, Armaud Arbery, and countless others, as well as the Black Lives Matter protests that have propelled people across the globe to confront racism,  Mussar practice can provide a lense to engage in the work of racial justice, and other character and ethics issues.
Savlanut/Patience – our impatience with the pace of change, as well as our wasted grief over emotions like shame and guilt that get us stuck in paralysis;Emet/Truth – our willingness to confront the “white-washing” of our history and commit to reeducating ourselves and the next generation;Nichutah/Calmness – overcoming judgment in the form of unconscious bias;Shtikah/Silence — on the one hand, the complicity of silence in the face of oppression, and on the other, the lashon hara of microaggressions;Tzedek/Righteousness and Just Action – bearing the suffering of others as our burden by working to repair systemic racism.Mussar calls us to awaken, to hear the cry of the other when they stand before us.

Rabbi Israel Salanter, the founder of the modern Mussar movement, taught that the material needs of the other serve as our spiritual canvas. Hody Nemes, of the Jewish Climate Action Network, writes that Rabbi Salanter taught that humans were created as frail mammals “in order that they should know and feel the pain and misery of others, share in their suffering and their longings, understanding the needs of other people, their lives and their wants, their desires and yearnings” (quoted in Shearit Menachem). It is our very earthliness that makes us capable of empathy, says R. Salanter. Thus, when we struggle to breathe, we are reminded of our common humanity.
We invite you to join us on November 5th at 5:30 pm, as Nancy Axalrod, our guest presenter, leads us as we engage in deep study and conversation about race and racism through a Mussar lens.   
Nancy Axelrod is the Chair of the Center for Contemporary Mussar, which offers classes in Mussar texts, theology, and practice to students who are seeking to make “Love your neighbor as yourself” the cornerstone of their lives.  She has been a Mussar student since 2009, and a madrichah since 2013.  Nancy is grateful to have found a Jewish practice that resonates with her lifelong commitment to social, economic and racial justice, in a warm community of spiritual practitioners who support  each other in transforming their personal relationships and the world.Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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