WHAT IS MUSSAR?

It is a treasury of teachings and practices that help individuals understand their true natures as holy souls, then to break through the barriers that surround and obstruct the flow of inner holiness or light. The goal of Mussar is to release the light of holiness that lives within each soul.

HOW IS MUSSAR PRACTICED?

Practitioners study classical and contemporary Mussar literature and practice visualization, meditation, silence and retreat, journaling, chanting, and kaballah or actions done on behalf of others.

WHAT ARE MIDDOT?

The tradition of Mussar directs us to pay attention to our inner traits, middot, and their impact on our lives. When we face an obstacle, our inner traits tend toward the extreme. The path of Mussar is about bringing these middot back into balance.

BRIEF HISTORY OF MUSSAR

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.

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IMPORTANT MUSSAR WORKS

As some Mussar books are being translated to English from the original Hebrew or Aramaic, important Mussar books are becoming more accessible to the West. Here is a short list of important works.

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ALAN MORINIS FOUNDER, TMI

Dr. Alan Morinis, (Right) Founder of The Mussar Institute, is widely considered to be the leading figure in the contemporary revival of the Mussar movement.

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MUSSAR IS TRADITIONALLY STUDIED IN A SMALL GROUP OR VA'AD

MUSSAR IS STUDIED WITH A PARTNER OR CHEVRUTA