Four weeks ago the workers disassembled my office wall units of book shelves, drawers and cabinets. This followed days of packing the books from those bookshelves. My friends assisted sorting through the books and donating to the nearby library. My life collection of Judaic and Mussar texts, along with a set of 40-plus Danielle Steele novels, was boxed with care.
Middah a Month Revised and Restructured
If you have completed one or more courses with The Mussar Institute or have a foundation in Mussar or Torah learning, then Middah a Month will support your study and practice with rich and varied materials focusing on one middah each month.
Based on years of experience and valuable feedback from our subscribers, the program has been upgraded so that now, as a Middah a Month subscriber, you choose:
- the middot you want to work with
- the order in which you will receive them
- whether to subscribe for 1 middah … or 13 … or any number in between
Each of the new monthly middah units contains the following core elements:
- A traditional Mussar text
- Mussar Quotations
- A creative work (story, poem, video)
- A contemporary commentary on the middah
- A profile (a personal story of someone who exemplifies the trait)
- Practice Corner
Middah a Month is your opportunity to explore, in study and practice, different aspects of a range of middot and will provide spiritual nourishment to heart, mind and soul. To learn more and to register, go to https://mussarinstitute.org/courses/middah-a-month/
WEBINAR SERIES: The Mussar Institute’s 2018 webinar series, “Calming the Storm: Mussar Practices for the Heart and Soul in Troubling Times,” continues June 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern with David Jaffe leading “Finding Your Agency in Stormy Times though Cheshbon HaNefesh (Soul Accounting) Journaling.” You can register here. The first four webinars have been recorded, so you can watch them all!
VIDEO BLOG: How much difference does a change in mind-set make? Potentially quite a bit. Watch Chaim Safren’s short Mussar video, “Enjoy the Go,” to learn more.
The Practice Corner
The need for strength can show up in many places in your life, and in different ways. One effective way to exercise strength is to consider the question: “Where in your life do you need to draw a line?”
What is that line? There may be more than one area for you, but for the purposes of this practice, choose only one.
Make a resolution for yourself that feels attainable. Write out your resolution in as much detail as required to make it clear to yourself. Write it in your evening journal so that it will be there to refer to and as a reminder when you go to do your journaling.
One thing that makes these sorts of resolutions effective is to articulate them aloud, and in this case, that means taking someone into your confidence. It is essential that there be a bond of trust and confidentiality to create a safe environment into which you can speak your resolution.
Then, over the course of the coming weeks, do everything you can to fulfill your resolution. Share your experience along the way with your journal and with your friend. All this work will help you foster greater strength (gevurah).
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