“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one..” These words are the supreme testimony of Jewish faith. Each word is worthy of careful study, but it is the first – the verb Shema – that deserves special attention.Read More
What is Mussar?
שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ, וְאַל תִּטֹּשׁ תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ (משלי א ח)
Listen, my son, to the discipline of your father, and do not forsake the teaching of your mother. (Proverbs 1:8)
Meaning to pay close attention.
“The discipline of your father”
“The teaching of your mother”
Whereas this is referring to the additional fences and safeguards which the Rabbis introduced in every generation, in order to keep the people far from sin.