INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED COURSES

 

To fulfill Mussar’s purpose, ideas are not very effective tools. Once the path is defined, the rest of the climb happens by means of a variety of experiential practices: meditation, visualization, journaling, and chanting.

 - Alan Morinis

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A VA'AD-BASED COURSE IN TWO PARTS

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Pre-Requisites: Season of Mussar I and II or Pathway to the Inner Life I - III

Format: Va'ad, chevruta, readings and personal study

Starts: Fall

Registration: Opens soon

Tuition: Chaverim: $215 per part. non-Chaverim $240 per part.

A VA'AD-BASED COURSE WITH ROBERT BARRIS

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Prerequisites: Season of Mussar I and II or Pathway to the Inner Life I - III

Format: Va'ad, chevruta and community service project

Starts: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. ET, 8/3/2022 - 1/18/2023

Registration: Open

Tuition: Chaverim: $215; non-Chaverim $240

 

Led by Rabbi Judith Edelstein based on the teachings of Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Some Mussar va'ad-based learning experience

Format: Va’ad , Chevruta, and recordings

Starts: Fall 2022

Registration: Opens soon

Tuition:  Chaverim: $300; non-Chaverim: $360

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THESE INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES

A COURSE FROM ALAN MORINIS

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Format: Recorded lectures, readings, practices

Starts: The first Sunday of every month

Registration: Open

Tuition: Chaverim: $136; non-Chaverim: $156

A COURSE FROM ALAN MORINIS

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Format: Recorded lectures, readings, practices, optional chevruta study

Starts: The first Sunday of every month

Registration: Open

Tuition: Chaverim: $136; non-Chaverim: $180

AN INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE FROM AVI FERTIG

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Format: Readings and practices

Starts: The first of every month

Registration: Open

Tuition: Chaverim: $15 per unit / non-Chaverim $18 per unit

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON FOR THESE COURSES

A COURSE FROM RAV NUSSBAUM: Note R. Nussbaum offers an Orthodox point of view.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Some Mussar va'ad-based learning and practice.

Format: Six one-hour live lectures with some Q&A. In English. Recordings are available.

Starts: Fall 2022

Registration: Opens soon

Tuition: Chaverim: $118; non-Chaverim: $180

PART IV: A LECTURE-BASED COURSE FROM AVI FERTIG

Level: Advanced

Prerequisites: Alei Shur Parts 1,2, and 3.  Exceptions require approval from the instructor.

Format: Text Study and Lectures

Starts: Fall 2022

Registration: Part IV: Registration Opens soon

Tuition: Part 4: Chaverim: $200; non-Chaverim: $260

 

A COURSE BASED ON "PATH OF THE JUST "

Level:  Advanced

Prerequisites: Season of Mussar I and II, or Pathway to the Inner Life I - III, Chaburah or Mussar in Action

Format:  Va'ad, chevruta, readings personal study

Starts: This fall.

Registration: Waiting list open

Tuition: Part I: Chaverim:  $180; non-Chaverim: $216; Part II: Chaverim: $150; non-Chaverim: $180

Mussar emerges as unique area of study in 10th century
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto writes Path of the Just in 1740 to develop Mussar into a path of practice
Mussar Movement begins in Lithuania in 19th century led by Rabbi Yisrael Salanter
Mussar Movement nearly disappears in the mid-20th century, in the aftermath of the Holocaust

INTERESTED IN BRINGING MUSSAR TO YOUR COMMUNITY? WE HAVE PROGRAMS FOR YOU TO LICENSE.

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For Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox Congregations

TMI-Certified Facilitators also lead our programs at other Jewish organizations: Jewish Federations, JCC's and more.

WE OFFER CUSTOMIZED CONGREGATIONAL PROGRAMS 

Take your group through a Mussar course based on Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis.  At the end of the program, continue with the intermediate-level program.

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IN THE WORDS OF MUSSAR TEACHERS

The luxuries we indulge in eventually come to seem to be necessities as if we could not live without them. 
RABBI YISRAEL SALANTER (1810–1883)
People search relentlessly for a city of happiness, not realizing that it can only be found in a state of mind.
RABBI AVRAHAM PAM (1913–2001)
 
Modesty at a wedding means rejoicing fully in the singing, dancing, and feasting while inwardly striving to direct all of those activities for the happiness of the wedding couple, not for oneself.
– RABBI NOSSON TZVI FINKEL, THE ALTER OF SLABODKA (1849–1927)