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What is Mussar



Mussar is wisdom that comes down through the ages from Jewish teachers. The term mussar comes from a phrase found in Biblical text. The Hebrew word literally means “instruction” and is generally understood to mean instruction in ethical behavior and thought.

Mussar is as applicable to our lives today as it was in ancient times. Mussar encourages us to reflect on our thoughts and actions, and guides us in ways we can grow spiritually, morally and ethically. These teachings help us to overcome inner obstacles that interfere with our becoming the best we can be. We accomplish this by studying and practicing Jewish values (middot in Hebrew) and continually strive to improve ourselves. This program introduces young children formally to these ideas and practices, using Mussar teachings to guide them as they learn and grow.


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