The Mussar Tradition and "Humility" (anavah): On Exodus 38:21-40:38


This week, Modya and David discuss Pekudei (Ex. 38:21-40:38), the last Torah portion in the Book of Exodus, in light of the trait of Humility. Among the questions the hosts ponder: What does the contrast between the episodes of the Golden Calf and the construction of the Mishkan teach us about cultivating humility? Why is humility seen as the trait to start with in the Mussar tradition? How do we bring these lessons into our daily lives? And how can humility help us to be more responsive and responsible in our relationships? The hosts bring a variety of biblical and other sources to the discussion. We hope you enjoy!

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Modya Silver and David Gottlieb

Modya Silver is an author and psychotherapist based in Toronto. David Gottlieb is a faculty member in the Jewish Studies program at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago.

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