What is Mussar?

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5 Responses

  1. Stephen Baker says:

    This was a wonderful and thought provoking essay.

  2. micha says:

    I don’t think your second paragraph is true. If anything, many contemporary rabbis have often shown a tendency to fight vehemently against actions that are only desecrations of the Torah according to their own derekh, and not by the worldview of the one acting. Sowing division when it is hard to see how the benefit outweighs the cost.

    I also fail to see what this has to do with the question in the post, “What is Mussar?”

    -micha

  3. micha says:

    You’re shifting your claim. You made a statement that the rabbinate is no good, and are now noting that there are some rabbis who are no good. Of course there are — you can never have a group of that many people without having some really rotten apples.

    I don’t know what problem you have with either of the two rabbis I mentioned, but R’ Yaakov Hillel shares your need to warn people against faux mequbalim.

    None of the people named even try to sell berakhos, or expect students to kiss their hand, so I think you’re just leveraging an unrelated post to just launch your own campaign.

    -micha

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