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Welcome By Gary Shaffer
Mussar Courses for You
Getting Started
   A Season of Mussar

   Everyday Holiness: The Course
Deepening Study
    The Path of the Soul
    Middah a Month
Applying the Lessons
    Mussar in Action
Helping Others
    Manchim

Upcoming Events and Announcements
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MAKING THE MOST OF THE YEAR AHEAD
By Gary Shaffer

Shana tova. This month’s Yashar arrives between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a period of intense reflection and re-grouping. The special holiday liturgies focus our attention on the past and on the future. We consider the sadness, wonders, and joys of the past year and wonder what the New Year will bring. Through the pronounced change in seasons, we smell and feel change at hand. As the shofar is blown at the end of the Ne’ila service, we begin to emerge from the powerful emotions of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe, heightened no doubt by our hunger, and we begin to feel a lightness of spirit. It’s time to move forward and embrace family, friends and the New Year.

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It is our pleasure to introduce you to the courses that are available to support your learning and practice of Mussar.

Getting Started

A-Season-of-Mussar

NEW BEGINNINGS

As we move from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, now is the time to make commitments for what you would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. Perhaps your goals are very practical in terms of your relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Perhaps you would like to explore why you’re here and what God expects of you. Perhaps you are looking for more meaning in your life or a greater sense of spirituality in a Jewish context.

Whatever your resolutions and goals may be, the study of Mussar can help. And the best place to start your Mussar journey is with A Season of Mussar, a course available right in your community.

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Everyday Holiness: The Course

AN INTRODUCTION TO MUSSAR

The introductory Mussar course, Everyday Holiness, is offered online, capitalizing on the vast and effective resources of the Web to provide tools for your spiritual growth. Just beginning? This course provides an introduction to the core Mussar teachings as well as links if you wish to seek more advanced knowledge. Begin the course at any time. You’ll be assigned a study partner (chevruta in Hebrew) with whom you meet on the telephone for about an hour for each lesson.

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Deepening Study

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A CURRICULUM OF WHOLENESS

If you wish to build an intermediate Mussar Practice, Path of the Soul is the course for you. It relies on Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto’s classic Mussar text, Path of the Just, providing a solid foundation for work on any of the middot.

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Middah-a-Month

A FLEXIBLE WAY TO DO MUSSAR

Middah A Month is ideal for helping you maintain an independent Mussar practice. You will receive a monthly email containing a wide range of materials—readings, stories, lessons for children, texts to study in chevruta, phrases for cheshbon ha’nefesh practice, and more. The texts are varied, the stories depict a middah in real-life situations, and the recorded affirmation phrases provide a concrete practice you can incorporate into a daily routine. It’s up to you how much or how little of the curriculum to use, and when to study and practice.

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Applying the Lessons

Mussar In Action

ADVANCED PRACTICE IN CONSCIOUS LIVING

Mussar in Action is a 26-session program that addresses an enduring issue that faces every Mussar student: how to sustain the activity. Mussar in Action supplies a framework of resources, guidance, encouragement and support for that very purpose.

The course explores 12 crucial middot as illuminated in the modern Mussar classic Alei Shur, written by the Mussar giant Rav Shlomo Wolbe. The selections from this text have been translated into English for the first time just for Mussar in Action.

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Helping Others

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TRAINING COMMUNITY MUSSAR FACILITATORS

If you have experience with Mussar Institute courses or a solid background in Mussar learning and feel called to help support others on a spiritual Mussar path, then the Mussar Institute’s Manchim Program is your opportunity to qualify as a Mussar group facilitator. The program will train you to become a facilitator so that you can guide members in your community as they engage in personal development and growth through Mussar learning and practice.

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MANCHIM: TRAINING FOR MUSSAR GROUP LEADERS

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TORAH THE MIDDAH WAY

The Torah portion each week prominently features one or more middot (or soul traits). If you have suggestions or, better yet, if you have written a drash that relates the Torah portion to a middah, please send it to us at info@mussarinstitute.org. We will build a database and make it available so that members of the community can have access to resources to study Torah in a middah way.


LISTEN TO ALAN'S TALK ON STRENGTH, GEVURAH

The middah [soul-trait] of gevurah is central to a life of wholeness, but what is strength? And how do we grow stronger?

In Hebrew, a person who possesses gevurah is a gibor, which is the modern Hebrew word for “hero.” In Pirkei Avot (4:1), the question is asked, “Who is a strong person?” The answer to that question, along with other important insights and practices, were the focus of a session that Alan Morinis led May 1 at the Seattle Mussar Kallah. You can listen to the talk here or go to http://db.tt/rUoOMGC.



donations

The Mussar Institute depends on the generosity of supporters. Please consider making a donation to honor someone or to remember a loved one.

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