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Everyday Holiness: The Course

Based on the book Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar
by Alan Morinis.

Start Date: This course is self-paced and can begin at any time.
Duration: 15 – 45 weeks (see below)
Fee: $200 US
(no discounts or scholarships are available)
Information: eh@mussasrinstitute.org.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Every one of us is assigned to master something in our lives. You have already been given your assignment and you have already encountered it, though you may not be aware that what faces you is a curriculum, nor that this is the central task of your life. My purpose in this book is to help you wake up to your personal curriculum and to guide your steps toward mastering it.

—The first paragraph of Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar by Alan Morinis

Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish tradition that can help you develop inner awareness, and bring about transformation of the traits of the soul, in order is to become the finest version of the person you already are. The goal is to fulfill the soul’s purpose, to love and to serve.

Learning and practicing Mussar requires guidance and support of a kind not easily found today. Everyday Holiness: the course offers an accessible and flexible program of personal learning and practice, individualized guidance and group interaction (through a moderated forum for questions and personal reflections). This comprehensive program provides the resources needed to come to a deeper understanding of the Mussar discipline and put its methods to work in your life to bring about lasting change.

If a group signs up to do the course together, we provide additional learning and practice assigments specifically to support the group.

There are no prerequisites for this program, and no language other than English is required.

COURSE CONTENT

Your learning program is made up of 15 lessons covering 13 soul traits. The text for the course is Alan Morinis’ newly published book, Everyday Holiness. Each lesson consists of:

  • Five elements discussing and expanding upon the text, including supplementary reading from a classic Mussar text, links to other information and sites, audio teachings, and video clips. You can access the Course Site with your password from any computer with access to the Internet.

  • Self-reflective exercises and an on-line personal journal to guide you in integrating the conceptual material into your life and daily practices.

  • Self-paced, each lesson may be worked on for a minimum of 1 week and a suggested maximum of three weeks, which means the course will run from 15 – 45 weeks.

In addition, Everyday Holiness: the course provides you with:

  • A learning partnership with one other person (chevruta) for the study and practice of Mussar texts and methods. Where possible, we will endeavor to provide learning partners who are senior students and who live in your locale. Special chevruta study materials are provided for each unit.

  • A moderated on-line bulletin board (The Forum) where you can correspond with the course community and where your questions, insights, problems, and thoughts can be posted for others to read, offer guidance, and develop learnings.

  • A half-hour telephone consultation with Alan Morinis at the mid-point of your program.

  • Where available (in large cities for the most part), participation in “Mussar salons” led by senior students in that area. You can drop in, and benefit from all the resources and companionship of a growing spiritual community.

  • If a group signs up to do the course together, we provide additional learning and practice assignments specifically to support the group.

In addition, direct one-on-one consultation and support from a Mussar teacher is available (for an additional fee).

COURSE OUTCOMES

Participants will be guided in an active engagement with Mussar as a spiritual tradition and a discipline, in order to learn and to transform.

Learning outcome: familiarity with the insights and teachings of the Mussar masters and their classic writings.

Spiritual outcome: developing a Mussar perspective on life, your own and others’, and taking steps toward mastering your personal spiritual curriculum, as expressed in soul-traits (middot).

Note: One "hiatus"—i.e., a break of up to three months—in the course, is permitted. At the end of the hiatus, a fee of 50% of the ordinary fee is payable for re-registration in order to pick up the course again. A break of more than three months, or a request for a second hiatus, will be considered dropping out of the course. The fee for re-registration after dropping out of the course is 100% of the course fee.

 

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