Through the study and practice of Mussar students balance the characteristics or traits of their nefesh (soul) that cause the light within to dim. In Hebrew, the word for traits of the nefesh is middot. The singular form is middah. While many middot are discussed in Mussar literature, in his book, Everyday Holiness, Alan Morinis explores 18 middot and lists 58 in the Soul Trait Inventory,…

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A va’ad is a unique facilitated group learning environment that is traditional to Mussar. While we learn a great deal on our own, we learn differently with a partner, and differently again when we discuss things with other people, who bring additional experience and perspectives to the issue.  When you work in a va’ad, the main form of interaction…

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Yesod is an introductory, six-session, facilitated, virtual training program designed to train facilitators to lead introductory TMI courses in the unique skills of Mussar facilitation. You will interact on a deep level with other trainees in a small and intimate va’ad, fostering your own growth in a process of learning, practice, and reflection. You will study and…

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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

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