Our Mussar: Transforming Lives & Relationships

 

  • Are you looking for a spiritual practice that will take you beyond a focus on yourself?

  • Are you looking for an approach to Judaism, informed by tradition, but which you can make your own?

  • Are you looking for a program that allows for authentic and sustained connection with others on the journey?

Mussar, as shared by the Center for Contemporary Mussar, is an intensive, innovative and intimate spiritual practice that will enable you to transform yourself and your relationships, allowing you to live a moral life of responsible service to others…

intensive

Develop a daily and weekly practice based on individual study, journaling, text study with a partner and work in a Mussar va’ad, a class of like-minded seekers, with a trained teacher, a madrich or madricha.

innovative

Approach traditional Jewish sources through the groundbreaking contemporary thinking of Rabbi Stone and his students, which opens up new possibilities for old terms, such as God, Torah and the Jewish people.

intimate

In a small setting, share with others who are learning how to make “Love your neighbor as yourself” the cornerstone of their lives — discover that joy and holiness happen in those moments when we are fully present to others.

Dear Mussar friends,

The central principle that we have developed in the programs of the Center for Contemporary Mussar is that of bearing the Other as our burden. In the past few days the weight of that burden has once again been immeasurably expanded by the horrific slaughter of innocent worshippers at two Mosques in New Zealand. This outrageous event, following on the heels of so many other such events, most especially the one that hits closest to home in Pittsburgh, threatens to leave us feeling exhausted and  rendered impotent by the magnitude of these events. To give in to those feelings would be to allow the Yetzer Hara to gain the victory it seeks through the evil of the perpetrators. Rather, we must double our efforts to bring Tov into the world. We cannot bear the Muslim community of New Zealand as our direct burden, but we can contribute materially to help assuage their pain and allow them to bury their dead and rebuild their community.

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