Middah of the Month: Sivan


Judaism nurtures our purpose in life to make this world a better place. Central to the work of repairing the world (tikkun olam) is the individual cultivation & repair of soul traits (tikkun middot). The practice of Mussar is the work of refining, tuning and fine tuning the quality of our character (middah).

Middah of the Month = Sivan (June): Joy (Simchah)

“Joy is a gift that comes to people in different measure.” explains Dr. Arthur Green in his book Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas:  A Brief Guide for Seekers, in which Joy is first on the list.  “Moments come when the heart dances in the light…joy erupts when the inner sphere scintillates in its completeness.  An experience touches us to the depths of our souls, and in that moment we are graced with a vision – if only fleetingly – of the flawless wholeness and perfection of it all.”  Alan Morinis

Practice

  • Share something you find beautiful with a friend, and a stranger.
  • Be the first to smile in each encounter today