SUMMER CLASS OPTIONS FOR SEASON OF MUSSAR II

Judith Edelstein Va’ad and chevruta meetings Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. ET June 25 – September 17, 2020 Rabbi Edelstein is a post-denominational teacher, spiritual leader, counselor, and writer who has worked in synagogues, long-term care facilities, and Jewish organizations. As she developed her personal Mussar curriculum, she noted, “The practice of highlighting different middot enabled me to see my own areas…

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MESSILAT YESHARIM

Messilat Yesharim is available for independent learning without a va’ad or chevruta. Have you struggled with ancient, classical Mussar texts and wished you had some real guidance for making the study relevant to your life? Have you been longing for a new advanced Mussar experience? You now have the opportunity to study the classical Mussar…

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PATH OF THE SOUL

Path of the Soul is an advanced-level Mussar course designed for people who have completed at least one year of Mussar study. How do you recognize and follow the path of your soul? Only by answering profound questions—not in theory, but in the flesh of your life—can you discover and follow the track that leads to…

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MUSSAR FOR CHILDREN

Mussar for Children integrates Jewish values with classroom and family activities, directed discussions, and more. This program is easily incorporated into school programs pairing the middot with Jewish holidays and festivals. Mussar for Children uses an inquiry-based approach in which cooperative, child-initiated learning promotes the children’s spiritual and ethical development. The program provides a starting point for creating awareness and…

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MUSSAR IN ACTION

Dates: Begins this fall Mussar In Action supports you in answering the question: 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. In…

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INNER LADDER

Inner Ladder: Continuing Mussar Steps is the continuation program for those who have completed either Seeking Everyday Holiness or Gates of Everyday Holiness. Groups continue to study as a va’ad and in chevruta, with a focus on six middot: generosity, enthusiasm, silence, compassion, lovingkindness, and gratitude. Each middah unit offers lesson outlines for the group facilitator following a similar format as Seeking Everyday Holiness or Gates…

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PATH OF THE MENSCH

Path of the Mensch has been customized for Conservative Congregations. The Jewish tradition of Mussar offers the Jewish world a deep and rich experience of spirituality. In this introductory program, participants are brought into a deep exploration of the nine most important soul-traits or middot. The text, which every participant receives, is the inspiring book, Everyday Holiness, by…

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YOU SHALL BE HOLY

You Shall Be Holy has been customized for Reconstructionist Congregations. The Jewish tradition of Mussar offers the Jewish world a deep and rich experience of spirituality. In this introductory program, participants are brought into a deep exploration of the nine most important soul-traits or middot. The text, which every participant receives, is the inspiring book, Everyday Holiness, by…

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ELUL LEARNING PROGRAM

ELUL LEARNING FOR ALL – During the month of Elul, which precedes the High Holydays, TMI presents a daily program of introspection and self-analysis, two cardinal aspects of Mussar practice. This season, Rabbi Avi Fertig, Director of Mussar, will bring our community a weekly podcast with a variety of Mussar teachers, and daily lessons and practices…

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OMER 5780 (2020)

Each year, on the evening of the second Passover Seder, we begin the traditional counting of “the Omer,” the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot.  We count these 49 days with a free program of Mussar learning and practice. During this time of crisis, our community is coming together in a special way to honor…

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