Become Your Best Self

Come. Discover. And, grow with us through the inspiring and practical Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar.

Who We Are

We are a community of learners and seekers who strive to reach our full potential as individuals and in our communities. We draw on and share the teachings of Mussar, a practical and inspiring Jewish spiritual tradition, to foster a life of greater meaning and enhanced relationships. We open the pathway of Mussar to Jews of all denominations and affiliations, and to others who wish to explore these Jewish spiritual practices.

Learn

Study Mussar with us. We offer courses at all levels: from beginner to advanced, in-person and online. We train, certify, and offer continued professional development for Mussar facilitators.

Meet

Our community is the heart of who we are and all we do. We provide many pathways for our community members to connect with their teachers and with one another. Our sustaining membership program, the Chaverim Initiative, with many exclusive program benefits, is open to all.

SUPPORT

There are many ways to support TMI. Take a course to establish or deepen your Mussar practice. Join our Chaverim membership program to meet others on this spiritual path. Or donate to help us keep our prices low and provide scholarships to those with financial difficulties, especially during this challenging time.

Through the study and practice of Mussar students balance the characteristics or traits of their nefesh (soul) that cause the light within to dim. In Hebrew, the word for traits of the nefesh is middot. The singular form is middah. While many middot are discussed in Mussar literature, in his book, Everyday Holiness, Alan Morinis explores 18 middot and lists 58 in the Soul Trait Inventory,…

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Practice is inherent in the Mussar tradition. In order to develop, change, or transform on a journey toward holiness, knowledge in itself, is inadequate. While the pathway starts with learning, knowledge needs to come to life. Practice is what embeds the learning in the heart so that it becomes the fabric of who you are.…

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The study of Mussar began in tenth-century Babylonia when Sa’adia Ga’on published his Book of Beliefs and Opinions and launched an inquiry into human nature that has been going on in the Jewish world ever since. Before the nineteenth century, Mussar was an introspective, solitary practice. However, in the mid-1800s Rabbi Yisrael Salanter called on…

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Mussar is a traditional Jewish path of spiritual development that leads to awareness, wisdom, and transformation.  It is a treasury of teachings and practices that help individuals understand their true nature as holy souls, then to break through the barriers that surround and obstruct the flow of inner holiness or light. The goal of Mussar…

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