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

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

A VA'AD-BASED COURSE IN TWO PARTS

Open To: All Students with some va'ad experience

Learning Methods: Live Web Meetings, Independent Study & Practice, Chevruta, Va’ad

Prerequisites: Season of Mussar I or II, Pathways I - III or Everyday Holiness

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

PART II: A LECTURE-BASED COURSE FROM AVI FERTIG

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Part III: Registration Open

Modality: Text Study

The source text is Alei Shur from Mussar Master, Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, in the original Hebrew. Avi is enrolling continuing students and a few new qualified students.

WITH REBBETZIN DINA SCHOONMAKER AND RABBI JUDITH EDELSTEIN

Modality: Va’ad and Recordings, Chevruta, Kaballot

Starts: Part I: Facilitator: Judith Edelstein, Tuesdays, 4:30-6 pm ET, 3/1-5/16, 2022

Tuition: Chaverim: $300 Non-Chaverim: $360

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THESE INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES

A COURSE FROM ALAN MORINIS

Level: Intermediate

Open to: All

Modality: Independent study

Modules: Recorded webinars, podcasts, readings, practices, online journaling

Starts: The first week of any month

Registration: Open now

Tuition:

Chaverim: $136

Non-Chaverim: $156

A COURSE FROM ALAN MORINIS

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: All

Modality: Independent Study

Modules: Recorded webinars, podcasts, readings, practices, optional chevruta study

Starts: The first week of any month

Registration: Open now

Tuition: 

Chaverim: $136

Non-Chaverim: $180

AN INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE FROM AVI FERTIG

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: All

Modality: Lessons are emailed the first week of each month

Modules: Readings, practices, recorded chants

Starts: The first week of any month

Registration: Open now

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

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON FOR THESE COURSES

A COURSE FROM RAV NUSSBAUM

Requirements: Open to All

Modality: Live Va'ad in English, Recordings available

Sessions: Six one-hour sessions

Meeting: Sundays,  4 p.m. ET

Tuition: $118 Chaverim, $180 non-Chaverim

A VA'AD-BASED COURSE WITH ROBERT BARRIS

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Open to: Chaverim

Modality: Va'ad, chevruta

Starts: When the required number of students have enrolled on the waiting list.

Registration: Waiting list is open. Va'ad to begin soon.

Tuition: $325

How can one sustain learning and put into practice what is learned? Rabbi Yisrael Salanter saw this challenge and spoke of it in the 19th century, as did Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto in the 18th. Both goals are reached through practice.

A COURSE BASED ON PATH OF THE JUST 

For those moving from Path of the Soul Part 1 to Part 2, Your facilitator will send you registration information and links.

Level:  Advanced

Open to: All with significant Mussar va'ad experience

Tuition:

Chaverim: Part I: $180 Part II: $150

Non-Chaverim: Part I: $216 Part II: $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)