Instruction, resources & community for those seeking greater awareness, wisdom, and transformation through the Jewish spiritual path of Mussar.



The Chaburah program meets the need of students who have taken previous courses with The Mussar Institute and are ready to build awareness of middot with a negative valence. This focus is appropriate for those students of Mussar who have had enough experience to be able to face the “negative” within, as a bridge to the “positive.” For this reason, it is important to have a foundational understanding of many middot before embarking on this course.  Students will continue their strong and consistent engagement with Mussar learning and practice, and experience the interrelationship of middot in their lives in the safe space of a va’ad.  

The Chaburah program runs for one year and focuses on one middah per month. The traits covered in the program are:

  1. Anger
  2. Impatience
  3. Stinginess
  4. Ingratitude
  5. Worry
  6. Envy
  7. Laziness
  8. Judgment
  9. Falsehood
  10. Arrogance
  11. Stubbornness
  12. Sorrow

The focus in the Chaburah program is on middot that you might not have studied. These traits have a “negative” valence, but, of course, studying them leads to the cultivation of their counterpart “positive” traits as well.

You will advance your Mussar practice and cultivate a sharpened awareness so that you become sensitive to the play of inner traits in your life. This awareness puts you in a position to exercise choice in order to influence the way those qualities exist in your life. You change, your relationships change, and through you, the world changes.

The program also involves study with a chevruta and in a va’ad and an advanced level of personal practice.




Local groups can start any time, as determined by TMI and the facilitator. We require 2-3 weeks advance notice of a new group. The course cycle is 52 weeks.


$480 per person for the year-long program.


Please complete the registration form found at the link at the bottom of this page. Questions, please email

Local Course Payment

Please check with your facilitator before paying for this LOCAL course. Your facilitator will tell you which option is being used by your group:
• Pay directly to the institution sponsoring your Local group.
• Pay by PayPal/Credit Card at this site.

Our distance courses are offered via video conference over Zoom (Mac and PC compatible). Reliable, high-speed Internet connection, a current and valid email account, and computer video camera and microphone are required to participate. Some courses are scheduled based on participant availability; details are provided once you register.