Awareness • Wisdom • Transformation


Everyday Holiness

Based on the book Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar by Alan Morinis.


“Every one of us is assigned to master something in our lives. You have already been given your assignment and you have already encountered it, though you may not be aware that what faces you is a curriculum, nor that this is the central task of your life. My purpose in this book is to help you wake up to your personal curriculum and to guide your steps toward mastering it.” From Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar by Alan Morinis

Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish tradition that can help you develop inner awareness and bring about the transformation of your soul so that you can become the finest version of the person you already are. The goal is to fulfill the soul’s purpose: to love and to serve.

Learning and practicing Mussar requires guidance and support of a kind not easily found today. The course, Everyday Holiness, offers an accessible and flexible program of personal learning and practice, with individualized guidance and group interaction through a moderated forum. 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 for lasting change.


Your learning program is made up of 15 lessons covering 13 soul traits. Self-paced, each lesson may be worked on for a minimum of one week and a suggested maximum of three weeks, which means the course will run from 15-45 weeks.

You can access the course site with your password from any computer with access to the Internet.

The text for the course is Everyday Holiness, by Alan Morinis. Each lesson consists of:

  • Five elements discussing and expanding upon the text, including supplementary reading from a classic Mussar text, links to other information and sites, audio teachings and video clips.
  • Self-reflective exercises
  • An online personal journal to guide you in integrating the conceptual material into your life and daily practices.

In addition, the course Everyday Holiness provides you with:

  • A learning partnership with one other person (chevruta) for the study and practice of Mussar texts and methods. Where possible, we will endeavor to provide learning partners who are senior students and who live in your locale. Special chevruta study materials are provided for each unit.
  • A moderated online bulletin board (The Forum) where you can correspond with the course community and where your questions, insights, problems, and thoughts can be posted for others to read, offer guidance and learning.


There are no prerequisites for this program, and no language other than English is required.


Participants will be guided in an active engagement with Mussar as a spiritual tradition and a discipline, in order to learn and to transform.

Learning outcome: familiarity with the insights and teachings of the Mussar masters and their classic writings.

Spiritual outcome: developing a Mussar perspective on life, your own and others’, and taking steps toward mastering your personal spiritual curriculum, as expressed in soul-traits (middot).


This course is self-paced and can begin at any time.


Duration: 15-45 weeks


If a group signs up to do the course together, The Mussar Institute provides additional learning and practice assignments specifically to support the group.



Financial assistance is available. Please contact the TMI Office at



One “hiatus,” a break of up to three months, is permitted. At the end of the hiatus, a fee of 50 percent of the tuition is payable for re-registration in order to pick up the course again. A break of more than three months, or a request for a second hiatus, will be considered dropping out of the course. The fee for re-registration after dropping out of the course is 100 percent of the course tuition.

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