Yetzer haTov and Democracy

I have always believed that the ideals of American democracy were a sure sign of the Infinite Source of Goodness in the Cosmos. The very fact that those ideals were articulated by very flawed human beings, people who sanctioned the genocide of the native population,...

On Sukkot, Rabbi Ira Stone

The French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas once said that his whole philosophy could be reduced to two words: Apres vous, “After you.” It is a cliché, perhaps, to assert that good manners are the foundation of the ethical life, but like all cliches there is more...

High Holy Day Message from Rabbi Ira Stone

The Torah is a template for interpretation; not a very new or radical idea, however we often don’t fully appreciate how important this fact is. Since the Torah is also a magnificently constructed narrative we are often seduced by the narrative and ask ourselves: “What...

On Elul, by Rabbi Ira Stone

All of us at the Center For Contemporary Mussar are very excited about our upcoming Elul learning program. In these difficult days, when most of us will be unable to take advantage of in-person religious programs leading up to and including the High Holy Days, the...

Special Offering From Rabbi Stone

Discover Solace through Study: Torah & Mussar with Rabbi Stone Join us on Zoom (instructional link below) Every Thursday beginning March 26, 1:00-2:00 PMPlease register below to receive details Dear Chevre,   In light of the fact that many of us are now in various...