Separation and connection

Here's my latest contribution to RivertonMussar.org. Separation, or pure living, is a vital part of mussar, the Jewish pursuit of ethical transformation. But it's suspect in today's world because we disdain the holier-than-thou variety. Yeshua models a life of both separation and connection. Separation begins within, as Messiah taught in one of his most famous—and… Continue reading Separation and connection

Mussar: Calmness

Here’s my commentary on Calmness, the Mussar emphasis for the coming week. For more teaching on Mussar, the Jewish discipline of character development, check out  www.rivertonmussar.org. Calmness of spirit allows us to act, rather than react, when the pressure is on. In a moment of crisis, calmness is essential to doing the right thing. Joseph displays… Continue reading Mussar: Calmness