Reb Yisroel Salanter
In the nineteenth century, a leader of magnificent spiritual stature emerged in Lithuania. A gaon, who made a lasting contribution toward the revitalization of Torah Judaism. This Individual was Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin of Salant. Known as Rabbi Yisrael Salanter; he was the father of the mussar movement, which continues to shape the Torah community the world over to the present day. Rabbi Yisrael examined the Jewish community of his time, and he was not satisfied with what he found. Klal Yisrael needed to be revitalized, to be given a new perspective on achieving their life goals. Rabbi Yisrael dedicated his life to this course. Man, he taught, must endlessly strive for perfection, must never be content with his spiritual attainments. It was due to Rabbi Yisrael's indefatigable efforts and dedication that the mussar approach became a widespread movement that brought a new dimension of sincerity and vitality into the yeshivas of Lithuania. To this day, the great mussar yeshivas of America, Europe and Israel continue to carry on Rabbi Yisraels legacy of Torah and mussar.