Have you struggled with ancient, classical Mussar texts and wished you had some real guidance for making the study relevant to your life? Have you been longing for a new advanced Mussar experience? You now have the opportunity to study the classical Mussar text, Messilat Yesharim / Path of The Just, written by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Ramchal) and first published in Amsterdam in 1740 with one of our revered teachers, Avi Fertig.
When Reb Zundel of Salant (the rebbe of Rabbi Yisroel Salanter) asked his rebbe, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin which Mussar text to study, Reb Chaim replied, “Every Mussar text is good to learn, but Messilat Yesharim should be your guide.” In this intermediate level course, you will study the text line by line and in-depth from the original Hebrew and will cover the Ramchal’s introduction and first chapter of this most seminal work.
From this course, we recommend Path of the Soul I-II by Alan Morinis, which takes participants through the entire Messilat Yesharim text.
Messilat Yesharim is available in va’ad-based format (currently our waiting list is open and we will schedule the next group when we reach our minimum enrollment), or for independent learning without a va’ad or chevruta.13 lessons are split into two parts in the va’ad-based version led by an advanced TMI Mussar facilitator. Those studying independently can progress through the entire course at their own pace.
Participants must have their own text of Messilat Yesharim. This course NOT follow any of the many English translations. Avi has translated the original Hebrew words according to his understanding. You can download the text from one of the following sites:
- The book, in Hebrew with the most popular English translation, can be purchased here: https://www.feldheim.com/path-of-the-just-mesillas-yesharim.html
For our self-paced, independent learning option: Non-Chaverim $300, Chaverim members pay $255 for the entire course.
Introducing our three pricing options for our va’ad-based learning option, please select the one you are most comfortable with. If you are able to register at a higher tier, you can help subsidize course registration for those with greater financial need. All course fees are 100% tax deductible.
Non-Chaverim Tier 1 – $330 Part I, $385 Part II
Non-Chaverim Tier 2 – $282 Part I, $329, Part II
Non-Chaverim Tier 3 – $198 Part I, $231 Part II
Chaverim members enjoy a 15% discount off of course pricing. Members, please select the Chaverim rate of your choice on your registration form, membership will be verified before your enrollment is secured for the course.
Rabbi Avi Fertig is Director of Mussar at The Mussar Institute. Avi has guided TMI courses since 2010. He is the author of Bridging the Gap, a comprehensive guide to important Mussar concepts and lessons from the Talmud. Born in the United States, for the past 25 years he has resided in Israel and currently lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and six children.