Mussar is a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth, that provides a practical set of teachings and practices leading to greater awareness, wisdom and ultimately, transformation. Based on Jewish teachings, both ancient and contemporary, the goal of Mussar study and practice is to become a mensch, a good and decent person. Mussar requires study but the true effect comes from practice. The more you understand of Mussar practice, the more you do the practice, the more you will see the impact.
Yesod is an introductory, five-session, facilitated, virtual-training program. To develop your skills, you’ll practice Mussar facilitation and receive feedback from your experienced Yesod trainer and peers. You’ll interact on a deep level with other trainees in a small and intimate va’ad, fostering your own growth in a process of learning, practice, and reflection. You will study and practice two foundational middot or character traits that illustrate Mussar insight and methods: humility/anavah and enthusiasm/zerizut.
To participate in Zoom video conferences you’ll need a computer with a video camera and microphone and a reliable, high-speed Internet connection.
Is Yesod for you? Do you have general facilitation skills and a foundation in Mussar teachings and practices? Do you have the desire to engage in essential components of Mussar practice in order to bring that knowledge to your facilitation?
Personal characteristics, emotional maturity and stability, qualities of openness, honesty, and inquiry, and a willingness to learn are more important than degrees or credentials. You should be aware of your own characteristics, emotions, and feelings and how that might impact your leadership. To be part of this program, you should also be willing to seek and accept feedback.
Yesod Qualifies you to integrate Mussar into your own programs or lead any of the following:
- TMI Offerings
- A Taste of Mussar
- Challengs: Choices for Teens
- Mussar for Children
- Everyday Holiness
- Season of Mussar I and II
- Toolbox: Mussar for Millennials
- Congregational Programs
- Seeking Everyday Holiness
- Path of the Mensch
- You Shall Be Holy
- A complimentary, one-year membership in Chevrah: Professional Development and Networking for Mussar Facilitators, an international group of individuals with similar interests and experiences.
- Special invitations to Mussar Institute webinars and gatherings.
Due to the personal nature of the training, groups are intentionally small. The next training session for selected applicants will begin as soon as a course fills. Classes are scheduled based on participant availability; details are provided once you register. The first step is to apply.