There are many ways to learn and experience the practice of Mussar, depending upon your level of interest, availability and personal goals.
Mussar is a practice, and in that sense, one cannot master it in a course or two without committing the time to integrate the course material into everyday life. Therefore, courses of The Mussar Institute are designed to take you through a process of learning, are offered both in-person and online, and range from beginning levels to advanced.
While an individual can take a course, some options are best experienced in a small-group setting. All courses contain original source material, some with translations of texts that are unavailable elsewhere.
Should you have any questions at all, we will happy to engage you in a discussion about your Mussar journey and in what ways TMI can serve you.
Beginning course levels have no prerequisites, are highly accessible and a wonderful place to start. The following questions are provided to help you think about what’s best for you.
- What is my experience with Mussar?
- What course level is most appropriate for me?
- What type of course would meet my needs? Online or in-person?
- Are there Mussar courses in my area?
Click on any course below for a more complete description and to register:
ONLINE DISTANCE COURSES
These courses are self-paced.
A four-week introduction to Mussar. You will learn about the tradition of Mussar learning and practice that has engaged and helped people for centuries.
The course offers an accessible and flexible program of personal learning and practice, individualized guidance and group interaction (through a moderated forum for questions and personal reflections). This comprehensive program provides the resources needed to come to a deeper understanding of the Mussar discipline and put its methods to work in your life to bring about lasting change.
A subscription course offering rich materials for Mussar study for anyone who has completed one or more courses with The Mussar Institute or has a solid foundation in Torah learning.
A 26-unit advanced course focusing on integrating Mussar practice into your life through a personal commitment project. This course has prerequisites of Season of Mussar II or Everyday Holiness.
This advanced annual course occurs in two back-to-back semesters, one 16 weeks and the other 13 weeks. Using advanced texts, it will guide you to recognize your own personal program in living, while providing you with the tools you need to grow toward wholeness. Course prerequisites are Season of Mussar II or Everyday Holiness and Mussar in Action.
This unique and advanced year-long course focuses on individual middot, bridging the negative within toward the positive. Students must have completed Mussar in Action and Path of the Soul.
These courses are experienced at a synagogue, organization, or Jewish community center where you’ll learn in a small, safe group setting. You’ll also experience chevruta, or partner, learning in alternate weeks. All are led by facilitators trained by The Mussar Institute’s Premier Training Program, Manchim.
This 13-lesson program will guide you toward discovering balance and strength through developing key inner traits essential for leading a fulfilling life in both worldly and spiritual matters.
After you’ve completed Season of Mussar I, you most likely will want to continue your Mussar learning and practice through this higher level, 13-session course which focuses on a different set of six middot (traits) than Season of Mussar I.
This 26-unit advanced course focuses on integrating Mussar practice into your life through a personal commitment project. Prerequisites are Season of Mussar II or Everyday Holiness.
This course is offered in back-to-back semesters, one 16 weeks and one 13 weeks. A more advanced course, Path of the Soul will help you recognize your own personal program in living while providing you with the tools you need to grow toward wholeness.
This unique, advanced course runs a full year and focuses on individual middot. Students who have had enough experience to be able to face the negative within as a bridge to the positive will build a strong and consistent engagement with Mussar learning and practice. Students must have completed Mussar in Action and Path of the Soul.
There are some courses that combine self-study with a distance va’ad, depending on location. Connect with TMI for further details.