Ethical living: Modern Orthodoxy and Mussar with Rabbi David Silverstein and Rabbanit Shayna Goldberg

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The month and Elul and the approach of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur bring with them the overwhelming desire for introspection and self-reflection. Although we are all familiar with some of the classic works of mussar and ethics building, the Modern Orthodox community tends to shy away from the formal study of mussar. We sat down with Rabbi David Silverstein, assistant Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Orayta, and Rabbanit Shayna Goldberg, Mashgiha Ruhani of Migdal Oz to discuss why mussar tends to take a back seat in the Modern Orthodox world, a different approach to the study of ethics and our understanding of mitzvot and halakha, and to get some inspiration ahead of the High Holidays.
Rabbi David Silverstein - Rabbi Silverstein is the Sgan (Assistant) Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Orayta, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and previously served as the Director of the Overseas Program at Yeshivat Hesder, Petach Tikva. Rabbi Silverstein lectures widely on the philosophy and meaning of Jewish law and is the author of Jewish Law as a Journey: Finding Meaning in Daily Jewish Practice from Menorah. Originally from New Jersey, Rabbi Silverstein lives with his wife and four children in Modiin, Israel.
Rabbanit Shayna Goldberg - Rabbanit Goldberg teaches in the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz and is a contributing editor at Deracheha.org. She previously taught halakha at the Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck, NJ, and served as a yoetzet halacha for Congregations Rinat Yisrael and Ahavat Torah, as well as for Kehilat Kesher, all in New Jersey. She lives in Alon Shevut, Israel, with her husband and five children.
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