Seasons of Mussar 2
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After Vidui comes Mussar - Exercise for your Soul

As the High Holidays approach, our thoughts turn inward and we take stock of our lives. On Yom Kippur we will recite Vidui, an alphabetical list of sins. As we review the year’s actions, we realize that we have some soul work to do. We resolve to do better in the coming year. But, how can we affect real change? The study and practice of Mussar offers guidance.

Mussar is a Jewish discipline, rooted in ancient texts, that is as relevant today as it was 1000 years ago. It is a spiritual journey upon which one embarks to mindfully work toward becoming the best version of oneself. Let this be the year that you resolve to “exercise your soul.” Let this be the year that you engage in Mussar, and work toward realizing the intentions that you set for the New Year.

The Talmud teaches that each of us is gifted with a holy soul. The light from that soul is often clouded by our counterproductive habits and misinformed actions. Mussar guides us along the path of character development through an examination of our soul traits such as generosity, patience, humility, order, gratitude and more. Mussar provides experiential practice to help bring each of these traits into balance. Mussar cultivates personal growth and unveils the light that shines within each of us.

Two va’ads (groups) will be lead by TST Co-Chair of Spirituality Caryl Shaw, who is a Mussar group facilitator certified by The Mussar Institute. Together we will exercise our souls through text study, group discussion, study with a chevruta (partner), journaling, and targeted practices.

Season of Mussar 2 (prerequisite Season of Mussar I)

Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:45 pm September 28, October 19 , October 26, November 9, November 16, December 7, December 21

The cost for the courses is $72 for members and $108 for non-members. Registration is required at www.shirtikva.org/mussar2 by September 15

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