Classes for Grads and Madrichim 

Spring 2023


Spring Classes Arriving Daily!

Spring 2023!

Mussar and Prayer: A Close Reading of Chapter 10 of Tomer Devorah

Madrich: Rabbi Ira Stone 

The question of prayer is often times ignored within the Mussar community. This class will explore the meaning and practice of prayer through the eyes of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero’s Chapter 10 of Tomer Devorah and through the lens of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “Quest for God.”

Fee: $180

Every Thursday on ZOOM

Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM ET

Dates: April 20 to May 25, 2023  

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NOTE: This Class is full!


Spring 2023!

Poetry and Mussar: The Other as Revelation

Madrich: Rabbi Joshua Boettiger 

Stretched hyperbolically, one might say that all poetry, at least all good poetry, is Mussar poetry. What did Marina Tsvataeva mean when she wrote, “All poets are Jews” and how might this connect to Emanuel Levinas’ dynamic definition of ‘Israel’? Join Rabbi Boettiger for a four session course exploring the intersection of Poetry and Mussar, and how we might make use of poetry within our Mussar practices. We will be looking at poems that describe encounter, but also at poems that embody encounter itself – such as poetry of direct experience, or poetry written by those who we might consider, ‘other.’ We’ll spend a little time initially grounding in the Psalms and other biblical poetry before moving into what we might call poetry with a Mussar sensibility. Featured poets include Paul Celan, Osip Mandelstam, Muriel Ruckeyser, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ilya Kaminsky, Ariana Reines, and more.

NOTE: this class is open to all Mussar students.

Fee: $80

Every Tuesday on ZOOM

Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM ET

Dates: May 2 to May 23, 2023  

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Madrich Colloquium Series

Ongoing – Open to All Madrichim

No Fee

Convened by Rabbi Ira Stone, Dr. Beulah Trey and the management team. Each session will feature a teaching about a text and/or practice, presentation to increase madrich knowledge from their experience, content and items to support Center for Contemporary Mussar, teaching dialogues and organizational growth. Committing to the series is a professional and organizational development series that develops a robust community of practice. Communities of practice have been defined as “groups of people who share a passion about a topic and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.”

Dates: TBA