In this seminal program from Dr. Alan Morinis, Founder of The Mussar Institute, you will work locally, in a va'ad or small group, and with a chevruta or partner. You will refine your understanding of your inner nature and develop new skills as you grow in awareness and wisdom. In time, you will transform your sense of yourself,  your relationships with those closest to you, and your relationship with the Divine Presence.

We offer this program on a perpetual license with no per-participant fee. Purchase once and use as often as you wish. By purchasing the program materials, you agree not to re-sell or share to any individual or group outside of your congregation/organization, all materials are copyrighted by The Mussar Institute.

  • $550.00 per part or purchase both parts together for $1,000.

This program is available for purchase by TMI-trained facilitators offering this program through their synagogue, JCC, or their personal LLC. Ownership of the perpetual license can be the organization or the individual. Trained facilitators must be in agreement with their organization as to who will own the license before purchase. 

Organizations who make a purchase without already having a TMI-trained facilitator can hire one by requesting the list of available facilitators from TMI and must contract with a facilitator for hire before receiving the program materials. Such organizations must arrange all logistics and payments directly with the facilitator for hire. To request the list, please email info@mussarinstitute.org.

Part I:

In the Jewish perspective, the soul is the primary essence of who we are. However, we do not necessarily experience our inner lives in this way, and instead develop a belief that our selves, our egos, form our primary identity.

In following the path of Mussar to build our inner lives, we have to come to appreciate the difference between self and soul, and especially to develop an understanding of the ideal relationship we can foster between these two dimensions. You will study:

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

Part II

Our relationships are where "the rubber hits the road. " Too often, our relationships with those closest to us are the most problematic. In this eight-week section, we will explore the middot that are directly linked with relationships and transform, or radically alter our insight into and ability to balance them. We'll study:

  • Forgiveness/Slichah
  • Strength/Gevurah
  • Patience/Savlanut
  • Lovingkindness/Chesed
  • Simplicity/Histapkut
  • Faith/Emunah