This week in Chicago, like Jews everywhere, you’ll be stocking up on your Passover supplies. It’s not quite time to panic over seder preparations yet, so here’s a list of a few things that are going on, if you’re not tempted by the smell of bacon that will be emanating from the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum, which will be hosting this year’s Baconfest.
There is a certain rush we get when we can validate negative thoughts about another person or group. It is one thing to make judgments about Kushner’s actions (or lack thereof) in the face of unjust public policy. It is quite another to judge an entire segment of our Jewish brothers and sisters, and to seek an emotional triumph in another round of the game “will the real Jews please stand up?” Mussar is one important way to overcome that impulse.
At a time when many feel politics — and both of our presidential candidates — are ethically bankrupt, some have turned to the Jewish teaching of Mussar.
A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here.