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Study Mussar

Online learning Jewish education programs in Mussar.

Led by Alan Morinis

WHICH COURSE IS FOR YOU?

Ideal as a first exposure to Mussar study and practice. This four-week course consists of 12 lessons, some introductory to the field and some focused on specific middot (soul traits). An easy way to learn what the study of Mussar is all about and what it can offer.
Everyday Holiness: the course introduces Mussar learning and practice to people who seek to build a foundation to their Jewish spiritual practice. The goal is to fulfill the soul’s purpose, to love and to serve.
If you are a synagogue, JCC or group who want to study Mussar together as well as online, then A Season of Mussar is the right course for you.
If you have completed or are completing either Mussar in Action or you have a substantial background in Mussar, then Path of the Soul is the course for you.
If you have completed at least one Mussar course and now want to maintain your connection to the practice, keep up your learning, and stay connected, Middah a Month is a program that provides a monthly dose of learning, practice and inspiration.
If you have benefitted from Season of Mussar I and II or Everyday Holiness, then you will get to the next level by participating in Mussar in Action: Advanced Practice in Conscious Living. At this level, you receive the training you need to become a lifelong Mussar learner and practitioner, both independently and as part of the growing Mussar community.
The Chaburah program meets the need of senior students who seek to build a strong and consistent engagement with Mussar learning and practice, particularly in the company of others with whom they have already shared a va'ad.
The Mussar Institute’s Manchim Program prepares qualified candidates to guide a va'ad (Mussar group) within programs of the Mussar Institute, especially the A Season of Mussar course.
The Mussar Va’ad Facilitators Fellowship (Chevrah) supports Mussar Institute trained va’ad facilitators and selected applicants in their spiritual growth by providing opportunities to engage in ongoing Mussar learning with world-renowned teachers, participate in peer and individual supervision with advanced Mussar practitioners while leading groups, and access experienced group leaders for coaching.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and The Mussar Institute (TMI) have teamed up to offer Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program. At the center of this course is the inspiring book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, Dean of The Mussar Institute. The course will delve into 9 of the most important soul-traits (middotin Hebrew) that the book covers, including weekly group meetings and weekly periods of personal study and practice.
The entire Jewish world is asking for deeper, richer spirituality and the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar meets this need. The Mussar Institute's course, Path of the Mensch: Jewish Wisdom for Everyday Living, is a Mussar program designed for and exclusively available for Conservative communities.
This program integrates a monthly Jewish value (middah) with classroom and family activities, directed discussions, and more. This program is easily incorporated into school programs pairing the middot (plural), of forgiveness, patience, friendship, trust, silence, responsibility, courage, generosity, and kindness, with Jewish holidays and festivals. This program is the only one of its kind geared to children ages 3 to 8 years.


A Taste of Mussar
Ideal as a first exposure to Mussar study and practice. This four-week course consists of 12 lessons, some introductory to the field and some focused on specific middot (soul traits). An easy way to learn what the study of Mussar is all about and what it can offer.

Learn more about A Taste of Mussar   |   Sample for A Taste of Mussar
A Season of Mussar
If you are a synagogue, JCC or group who want to study Mussar together as well as online, then A Season of Mussar is the right course for you.

Learn more about A Season of Mussar 1  |  Sample for A Season of Mussar

Learn more about A Season of Mussar 2
Everyday Holiness: The Course
Everyday Holiness: the course introduces Mussar learning and practice to people who seek to build a foundation to their Jewish spiritual practice. The goal is to fulfill the soul’s purpose, to love and to serve. Learn more about Everyday Holiness. Registration now open.  |  Sample for Everyday Holiness 

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Path of the Mensch
The entire Jewish world is asking for deeper, richer spirituality and the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar meets this need. The Mussar Institute's course, Path of the Mensch: Jewish Wisdom for Everyday Living, is a Mussar program designed for and exclusively available for Conservative communities. Find out more.
Mussar in Action: Practices in Conscious Living
If you have benefitted from Season of Mussar I and II or Everyday Holiness, then you will get to the next level by participating in Mussar in Action: Advanced Practice in Conscious Living.

At this level, you receive the training you need to become a lifelong Mussar learner and practitioner, both independently and as part of the growing Mussar community. Registration is now open.

Learn more about Mussar in Action  |  Sample for Mussar in Action
Path of the Soul
If you have completed or are completing either Mussar in Action or you have a substantial background in Mussar, then Path of the Soul is the course for you. Registration is now open.

Learn more about Path of the Soul  |  Sample for Path of the Soul
Chaburah
The Chaburah program meets the need of senior students who seek to build a strong and consistent engagement with Mussar learning and practice, particularly in the company of others with whom they have already shared a va'ad. The program focuses on individual middot with a "negative" valence-like envy, laziness and anger-but that leads to an investigation and cultivation of their counterpart "positive" traits as well. This focus is appropriate for senior students of Mussar, who have had enough experience to be able to face the "negative" within, as a bridge to the "positive."

Learn more about the Chaburah program  |  Sample for Chaburah
Manchim — Training for Mussar Group Leaders
The Mussar Institute’s Manchim Program prepares qualified candidates to guide a va'ad (Mussar group) within programs of the Mussar Institute, especially the A Season of Mussar course. To find out more about Manchim and the application process, see details.
Chevrah
The Mussar Va’ad Facilitators Fellowship (Chevrah) supports Mussar Institute trained va’ad facilitators and selected applicants in their spiritual growth by providing opportunities to engage in ongoing Mussar learning with world-renowned teachers, participate in peer and individual supervision with advanced Mussar practitioners while leading groups, and access experienced group leaders for coaching. To find out more about Chevrah and the application process, see details.
Seeking Everyday Holiness for URJ Congregations
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and The Mussar Institute (TMI) have teamed up to offer Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program. At the center of this course is the inspiring book Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis, Dean of The Mussar Institute. The course will delve into 9 of the most important soul-traits (middot in Hebrew) that the book covers, including weekly group meetings and weekly periods of personal study and practice. Find out more.
Middah a Month
If you have completed at least one Mussar course and now want to maintain your connection to the practice, keep up your learning, and stay connected, Middah a Month is a program that provides a monthly dose of learning, practice and inspiration. To find out more about Middah a Month and the registration process, see details.
Jewish Values for Everyday Living: Children's Program
The Mussar for Children Program is now available for purchase! This program integrates a monthly Jewish value (middah) with classroom and family activities, directed discussions, and more. This program is easily incorporated into school programs pairing the middot (plural), of forgiveness, patience, friendship, trust, silence, responsibility, courage, generosity, and kindness, with Jewish holidays and festivals. This program is the only one of its kind geared to children ages 3 to 8 years. Find out more.
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