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By Rebbetzin Malkah
Ramban teaches us that Sefer Bereshis is really a book of symbols and allegory; it tells us not only what transpired in the past, but more importantly, it reveals that which will occur in the future. The poet William Blake says it well in this passage:
We are wishing you a sweet and prosperous New Year 5771. How are you going to make this year better than the next? How will we all be a better light for Messiah this year? I think we have an answer. Our community has started a new project and all are invited to participate. Let me introduce you to the practice of Mussar for the Messianic Jewish community.
The Hebrew term Mussar (מוּסַר), is from the book of Proverbs 1:2 meaning instruction, discipline, or conduct. The Mussar movement was a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement that developed in 19th century Eastern Europe, particularly among Orthodox Lithuanian Jews.
A diligent study of Mussar (Jewish ethical practice) can bring new life into your days. Our Mussar Master, Messiah Yeshua taught us how we should bring good fruit as a demonstration of our purposeful lives:
For a good tree does not produce rotten fruit, and a rotten tree does not produce good fruit. For every tree is recognized by its fruit; for people do not gather figs from thorns or harvest grapes from a thorny bush. A good man, from the storehouse of his good heart, obtains what is good; a bad man, from the storehouse of his bad heart, obtains what is bad. For from the overflow of a man’s heart his mouth will speak. (Luke 6:43-45)
Let us sprout good fruit this year. I welcome you to participate and be active in the Riverton Mussar project.