In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues that can guide us, uplift us and inspire us to become the best people we can be. For the Jewish world, seeking such a focus is hardly new. Yet, in our time, we have the uncovering of a rich part of our Jewish heritage that was nearly lost to our people: the study and practice of Mussar. In large part inspired by the work of The Mussar Institute and other contemporary efforts at reclaiming Mussar for our day, an ever-expanding number of communities and individuals are bringing the study of Mussar teachings and their accompanying practice into their lives.
Traveling “the Mussar path” is a powerful, meaningful and life-affirming spiritual practice. This Va’ad (Mussar group) is both for new students/practitioners as well as those with some previous experience in Mussar study and practice. We will begin by exploring middot (soul-traits) such as Achrayut/Responsibility; Bitachon/Trust; and Ometz Lev/Courage. From there we will move on to middot (soul-traits) chosen collaboratively by members of the group. The experience will involve bi-weekly group sessions, alternating with hevruta (partnered) text study outside of our group sessions. Our goal is to deepen our awareness and practice of these key Jewish values in our hearts, souls and lives. All materials will be presented in English translation. Led by Rabbi Eric Gurvis.
Course will be held via Zoom or in-person depending on the class decision. Financial scholarships available.+ More... - Less...
* Registration closes on October 21st
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday, January 13, 2022, 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
385 Ward St
Newton, MA 02459
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