We are grateful to the following individuals whose support made it possible to count the Omer with our community. Eileen AbelPhyllis AbendDavid AbramsomJoe AckersteinJeff AgronSusan AkshaySammy AlzofonJeffrey AmerJulie AugustSasha BakenRick BankheadElizabeth BauerDaniel BeaupainMarian BellJudith BeltzElizabeth BernsteinRoger BernsteinKen BirenbaumWendy BleiweissBarry BlockJoni BrennerDaliah BrillPaula BroseLarry ChaitynKaren ChapmanLeslie-Anne Copes-FinkeBelinda DennTodd DoctorJudith EdelsteinMark EdelsteinAndy EdwardsBarbara FermonAvi FertigDavid FertigPat ForemanEmily…

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Redeeming Sadness: A Mussar Appreciation Chaverim-only Webinar with Dr. Alan Morinis Sunday, July 26, 4:30 p.m. ET (Free and Open to Current Chaverim as of 7/24) We are in the three-week period that begins with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz and climaxes with Tisha b’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av. This is traditionally a period of mourning for…

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The goal of this Mussar practice is to cause key concepts to penetrate deeply, far more profoundly than intellectual knowledge, to the point where the inherent truth of the concept resonates within one’s life. That is how the concept moves from being information to transformation. The steps or stages have not changed over the centuries.…

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The Dr. Sam Axelrad Memorial Scholarship Fund of The Mussar Institute The Dr. Sam Axelrad Memorial Scholarship Fund is intended to make Mussar courses and programs accessible for all worthy Mussar students. A Note from Alan Morinis about the Alexrad Memorial Scholarship Fund: Sam was someone who wanted to include everyone in Mussar study and…

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Helaine Sheias Va’ad meetings, no chevruta study Tuesdays, 7-8.30 p.m. ET July 7 – September 29, 2020 Helaine is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Yinspiration Yoga—a Therapeutic Approach to Yin Yoga. Helaine holds a Ph.D. in Human Sciences and is a graduate of the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program at Saybrook University. Born in…

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Alan Morinis, Everyday Holiness “It is very heplful to set up a learning partnership with someone else whom you meet with every week or two to learn a text. This is the traditional learning form called chevruta, which is traditional in large part because it is such a very effective way to learn. … Reading…

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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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Dr. Alan Morinis, Founder of The Mussar Institute, is widely considered to be the leading figure in the contemporary revival of the Mussar movement, a 1,100-year-old authentic Jewish personal and communal spiritual tradition that was nearly lost following the Holocaust. A filmmaker, Rhodes Scholar, and anthropologist whose focus had been Hindu religious pilgrimages, he began…

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Mussar Classics The Duties of the Heart, by Bahya ibn Pakuda Gates of Repentance, by Rabbeinu Yonah Orchos Tzadikim, anonymous Mesillat Yesharim, by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto Cheshbon ha-Nefesh, by Rabbi Menahem Mendel Leffin Strive for Truth, by Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler Books by Alan Morinis Everyday Holiness Climbing Jacob’s Ladder Every Day, Holy Day With Heart…

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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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