Instruction, resources & community for those seeking greater awareness, wisdom, and transformation through the Jewish spiritual path of Mussar.


Level: Beginner

Delivery: Distance Learning via Live Web Meetings or Local On-Site

Learning Methods: Independent Study and Practice plus Groups (va’adim) Meeting Locally or via Live Web Meetings with or without Chevruta

Duration: 13 Sessions

A Season of Mussar guides you in an exploration of your soul traits as you find and strengthen your balance for leading a fulfilling life in worldly and spiritual matters. You will become equipped with tools of Jewish spiritual practice that are centuries old to purify and elevate your soul. Guided by a Mussar Institute trained facilitator, you will create a spiritual group or va’ad, which is a place of safety to share and explore Mussar. Local Va’ad facilitators report a strengthening of the group’s bond with the local Jewish community.

Courses are delivered in two ways: (1) on-site, through organizations, or (2) through live, web meetings.

Groups meet in Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Congregations and non-denominational contexts. 

Course Content

Following an introductory session, each middah is studied intensely for two weeks, so that 6 middot are studied in the full program.

    • Humility/Anavah
    • Anger/Ka’as
    • Gratitude/Hakarat Ha’tov
    • Trust/Bitachon
    • Honor/Kavod
    • Alacrity/Zerizut

 A Season of Mussar II is a continuation course that runs 13 weeks and focuses on a different set of 6 middot. At this higher level, more advanced Mussar practices are added to the program. 

Two Ways to Take Season of Mussar I

(1) Live Web Meetings: Students from around the world are now gathering for online Season of Mussar I courses.  They meet face-to-face via Zoom web meetings to study in small groups, led by a facilitator with deep knowledge of Mussar. Tuition: Chaverim: $150. Non-Chaverim: $180. Next Step: meet the Season of Mussar Facilitators and explore the course schedule.  You’ll register for a specific facilitator and schedule. NEXT

(2) Local On-Site Courses: Fees may vary depending upon the agreement between your host organization and The Mussar Institute.  Contact that organization or your Mussar group leader for details. Please check with your facilitator before paying for and registering for an on-site or local course.  Base Tuition (not including any organizational supplemental charges): Chaverim Members: $136. Non-Chaverim: $164. To register you will need to know the name of your facilitator and the start date of the local course you are registering for. REGISTER


For withdrawal prior to the first group meeting: 100% refund. For withdrawal after the first group meeting: no refund. Anyone who withdraws and re-enrolls at a future time will be required to pay the full fee at the time of re-enrollment.