Welcome to the Center for Contemporary Mussar

The Center for Contemporary Mussar, founded in Philadelphia, offers online classes in Mussar texts, theology, and practice to students across the world. Explore this ancient and innovative way to invoke your highest self in service, invigorate your relationships, and repair the world.

If you are interested in beginning your Mussar Journey with the Center for Contemporary Mussar, please click on our New Class Interest Form.

On Mussar and Theology

Madrich: Rabbi Ira Stone 

Drawing on the previous classes studying both Nefesh haHayyim and Emmanuel Levinas, this class will focus specifically on the role of theology to undergird Mussar practice. Is it necessary? Where and why does God enter into the practice? What understanding of God can we have in a post-holocaust world to play this role if it is deemed important?

One does not have to have taken both or either of the previous classes

Fee: $180

Thursdays on ZOOM
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Dates: September 15 to November 17, 2022 (no class on October 6) 

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This class is open to all Mussar students.

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An Introduction to the Life and Work of Hannah Arendt  

Madrich: Rabbi Joshua Boettiger 

The 20th Century Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt was a controversial and brilliant thinker, who was deeply concerned with what we might call Mussar if we are able to stretch our classical understanding of the term. In this five-session class, we’ll look at Arendt’s life, read excerpts from her work, and explore together what the implications of her thought might be for us today, both politically and personally.

Fee: $100

Tuesdays on ZOOM
Time: Noon-1:00 PM ET

Dates: October 18 to November 15, 2022

To Register and Pay using PayPal or Credit Card, please click HERE.

To Register and Pay using a Check, please click HERE.

This class is open to all Mussar students.

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 madrichah.

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.

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…

Contact Us

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Mailing Address: Center for Contemporary Mussar – PO Box 1661, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054