AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN MUSSAR
Open to: All
Modules: Five 90-minute live web meetings with readings in preparation, practice exercises or kaballot, and small-group va'ad learning
Runs: Sundays, October 24 - Nov 21, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET.
Tuition: Suggested donation of $36. It is our intention that no one should be unable to participate due to financial considerations.
The senior faculty of The Mussar Institute is opening the door for you to experience some of the Mussar tradition’s wisdom for guiding our lives in these challenging times.
Please join Alan, Eric and Avi live on Zoom to travel the Mussar path to a better you.
- Five live sessions led by Alan, Avi, Eric with guest Mussar teachers
- The inspiring personal connection of group study and practice led by experienced leaders in the TMI community
- Practical wisdom for becoming a better version of yourself
- The transformative power of ancient Jewish practices involving the mind, heart, body, and soul
- Guidance for living with greater humility, patience, and equanimity, and
- You will begin to develop your own personal spiritual curriculum and uncover your path forward
You'll explore your spiritual and Jewish needs in this time of global upheaval and change, and the relevance of Mussar study and practice as you address your needs. You’ll begin to develop your spiritual map and experience working within a va’ad or small group.
You’ll discover the unique Jewish/Mussar interpretation of Anavah or Humility and the powerful role it already plays in your life. What will change in your daily events and experiences when Anavah comes into balance?
You'll understand the soul-trait of Patience or Savlanut, one of the most challenging middot for most people.
You'll explore the soul-trait of Equanimity or Menuchat HaNefesh.
In your final session, everything will come together when you explore your own personal spiritual curriculum and develop your path forward. You’ll receive personal coaching as you take the step of planning your unique spiritual path.
- GROW -
through the process of examining your soul and developing your soul path.
- MEET -
a growing, international group of Mussar practitioners.
- RECEIVE -
texts and practices for advancing your personal Mussar journey.
- EXPERIENCE -
the basics of Mussar practiced for more than 1,000 years
- BECOME -
aware of the journey and yearnings of your soul and able to develop a viable path forward
Dr. Alan Morinis, Founder of The Mussar Institute, is a leading figure in the contemporary revival of the Mussar movement, a 1,100-year-old authentic Jewish personal and communal spiritual tradition that was nearly lost following the Holocaust. A filmmaker, Rhodes Scholar, and anthropologist whose focus had been Hindu religious pilgrimages, he reached a personal turning point in his life in 1997 that led to his exploration of Mussar.
Alan sought out Rabbi Yechiel Perr, an accomplished master who stood in an unbroken line of transmission of the Mussar tradition. Following years of study he reinterpreted the ancient Mussar learnings and practices for modern audiences in Climbing Jacob’s Ladder and Everyday Holiness. To address the growing public interest in Mussar, he founded The Mussar Institute in 2004. He went on to author two more books, Every Day, Holy Day, and With Heart in Mind.
Alan continues to explore and interpret original Mussar sources in Hebrew and is making these valuable teachings available to the contemporary world.
Rabbi Avi Fertig is the Director of Mussar for The Mussar Institute, where he has been guiding courses and programs since 2010. He is the author of Bridging the Gap (Feldheim 2007), a comprehensive guide to important Mussar concepts and lessons from the Talmud and the classical works of the modern Mussar movement, as well as numerous other publications on topics of Mussar.
Rabbi Fertig studied at the Ner Israel Yeshiva in Baltimore and has also learned and taught at Yeshivat Neve Zion, Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim and the Mir Yeshiva of Jerusalem. Born in the United States, for the past 24 years he has resided in Israel and currently lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and six children.
Eric is a graduate of SUNY-Albany and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Eric has served congregations in New York City; Jackson, MS; Teaneck, NJ; Newton, MA; and is currently the rabbi of Sha'arei Shalom in Ashland, MA. Eric facilitates Mussar groups throughout the Greater Boston area and in Western Massachusetts.
He and his wife, Laura Kizner Gurvis are blessed with four children and two young grandsons.