Practice is a central focus of Mussar. All Mussar teachers emphasize that intellectual learning is an essential first step in the process of transformation, but if the process stops at that point, it will have no discernible impact on personal life. Experiential practice is the method by which we fulfill the Mussar process, so well described by Rabbi Elya Lopian as, “Making the heart understand what the mind knows.”
Each middah unit contains a document called, “The Practice Corner” where we offer various practices that can be engaged throughout the month. We offer a variety of practices in the hope and expectation that you will find at least one that resonates with you and that you will actively engage during the period you work on each middah. See “Program Practice” for a complete discussion on the types of practices that you will encounter. Unless noted otherwise, these documents were prepared by Avi Fertig.