Spirituality Group: An Introduction to Mussar

If you attended any of the High Holiday Services this year, you might recall that we began looking at Mussar. Mussar is a thousand-year-old body of teachings and practices that provides distinctively Jewish answers to the questions we all ask about life. Mussar guides us in identifying our unique, personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to assist us on our unique journey.

Based upon the positive reactions we have received from congregants, the Spirituality Committee thought that we would dive a little deeper into the practices of Mussar.

After a couple of postponements, our first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 22 at 7PM at the synagogue. At that time we will explore and use some of the methods of Mussar as a framework for spiritual and, therefore, personal growth. Some of the questions addressed by Mussar include:

  • How can I live my life closer to my spiritual potential?
  • How can I avoid making the same mistakes?
  • Why do I cause pain to myself and those I love?
  • What can I learn from those who lived before me?

We’ll explore some of the middot, or traits of the soul. We will engage with readings from the teachings of Mussar masters and Mussar practices that touch the soul. Questions will provide us with opportunities for reflection to deepen the learning and application to our lives. As in the past, our work together will be in a warm, congenial group environment.

We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a fun, enlightening experience.If you have any questions, feel free to contact any one of us. As always, if you know someone who might be interested in joining us, please feel free to invite them. We hope that you can all be there. Lynne, Rabbi Perry, Bruce

Rabbi Shoshana Perry

Lynne Rothstein

Bruce Goss