With Yom Kippur’s approach, a letter from the leading gedolim of our generation has been publicized regarding the great chiyuv to learn mussar and conduct a cheshbonhanefesh on a regular basis. The letter ends with a request from the gedoleiha’dor to KlalYisrael in unprecedented language: “We therefore urge all who fear Hashem, men and women alike, to use this time of hisorerus to be mekabel upon themselves bli neder the custom of cheshbonhanefesh and to learn mussar every day, which is the only way to save oneself from the yetzer ha’ra. This will help them and their families, more than all the segulos in the world, to be inscribed for peace and a good, long life, and for yeshuos and nechamos in all matters, in this world and the next. For in this manner, they place themselves in the category of “one who is doing teshuvah.”
Among the signatories on the kol korei are Rav Aron Leib Shteinman, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, Rav Shmuel Auerbach, Rav Nissim Karelitz, Rav Dovid Feinstein, Rav Gershon Edelstein, Rav Yitzchok Scheiner, Rav Meir Tzvi Bergman, Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, Rav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss, Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rav Dov Yaffe, Rav Baruch Dov Povarsky, Rav Aharon Feldman, Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, Rav Matisyahu Salomon, Rav Aryeh Leib Finkel, Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, Rav Moshe Tzadka, Rav Aviezer Piltz, Rav Dovid Cohen, and Rav Yaakov Hillel, shlita.
Upon reading the kol korei, Rav Dovid Soloveichik, shlita, said, “These words are very true; there is a great need for strengthening the study of Mussar without which Torah study cannot endure.”
The Beis HaMussar, in memory of the Alter of Slabodka, has set up a hotline for anyone who would like to be mekabel upon himself the words of the gedolei ha’dor (and are mekabel, at the very least, to conduct a cheshbon hanefesh and Mussar seder once a week) and receive automated reminders periodically of this kabbalah, to register their name, address, and phone number at 732-290-5319 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally all names of mekablim will be entered in a raffle to win a 135-volume Oz Vehadar Mesivta Shas.