Saturday, 22 March 2014

Mussar: True Story at NCSY National Convention, Circa 1970

Prologue:
"Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life."

You might even save a life!

don Miguel Ruiz

NCSY National Convention Circa 1970

R Meyer Krentzman was regional director of the Eastern Canadian region of NCSY. Mr. "Harvey Kahn" [Iif I recall his name correctly] was slated to be honoured by the National convention but his name had been [apparently] bypassed.

Meyer got up and left the hall. Nearly the entire region got up to leave in protest - due to the slight towards their beloved Harvey Kahn.

Well it turns out that:
1. For some reason the order was different that year. And while 90% of his region was absent, he was honoured with hardly any to cheer.

2. Meyer Krentzman indeed had left. He had left simply to answer "a call to nature." The interpretation that he was in fact protesting the slight was merely an erroneous rush to judgment, largely due to failing to clarify Meyer's motives.

Mussar Heskel:
Maybe Yitzchak Rabin and Trayvon Martin could still be alive today, if only some reasonable clarifications took place first.

Kol Tuv,
RRW

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