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Path of the Mensch

Path of the Mensch

The entire Jewish world is asking for deeper, richer spirituality and the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar meets this need.

The Mussar Institute's course, Path of the Mensch: Jewish Wisdom for Everyday Living, is a Mussar program designed for and exclusively available for Conservative communities.

At the center of this course is the inspiring book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, Dean of The Mussar Institute. The course probes 9 of the most important soul-traits (middot in Hebrew) explored in that book, which makes traditional teachings accessible and applicable to the lives of contemporary people.

Participants each receive a copy of Everyday Holiness and are guided in their study by weekly lessons based on the text. Through discussion in a small group led by a facilitator trained by The Mussar Institute, and in one-on-one study with a chevruta, participants delve into texts and teachings of the Mussar tradition that they will find applicable and relevant to their own personal lives and to the challenges and issues they face. It is our consistent experience that the wisdom of Mussar helps people develop awareness and wisdom for living, and often leads to spiritual transformation.

This program provides congregations with a comprehensive package of educational and spiritual tools that will deepen self-awareness and foster holiness rooted in a Jewish framework.

More information and details on costs are contained in the document that you can download below "Information for Congregations."

When you are ready to promote the course at your congregation, all you need to start the process is available on this page.

Materials you can insert in your newsletter ("Newsletter Text"), a program description for potential participants ("Information for Individuals") can be downloaded below, to promote the program in your congregation. We left an empty space in the program description for you to enter the details specific to your temple. "Introducing the Mussar Path" is a suggested format for a 60-minute session to introduce Mussar to the members of your community, to interest them in the Path of the Mensch program.

Once you have the list of participants you will be ready to fill out the registration form by pressing "Register Now." Please print out the License Agreement to review and mail to TMI with your check after you have registered.

If you interested in exploring bringing these transformative Mussar teachings to your synagogue, please contact Judith Zaruches, Program Director at We will be happy to assist you and answer any questions.

Information for CongregationsInformation for Individuals Newsletter TextProgram Checklist
Introducing the Mussar Path License Agreement

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