Continuing Va’ads — Fall 2022

Foundations of Mussar/Kibbush: I, II, and III

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Foundations/Kibbush I

Madrichah: Cathy Schechter

Sundays on ZOOM

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CT
August 28 – December 11, 2022

Fee $325

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Foundations/Kibbush I

Madrichah: Helene Kates

Fridays on ZOOM

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
September 9 – November 11, 2022

Fee $325

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This class is for Women only.

Foundations/Kibbush I

Madrichah: Sandi Kirschner

Wednesdays IN-PERSON

4:15PM – 5:45 PM ET
September 14 – December 7, 2022 (no class 11/23/22)

Fee $325

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This class is for members of Temple Beth Hillel Beth-El only.

 

Foundations/Kibbush II

Madrichah: Sandi Kirschner

Thursdays on ZOOM

3:00PM – 4:30 PM ET
September 8 – December 1, 2022 (no class 11/24/22)

Fee $325

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Foundations/Kibbush III

Madrichah: Carol Daniels

Thursdays on ZOOM

10:30AM – Noon ET

September 8 – December 8, 2022

Fee $325

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Transformations through Mussar/Tikkun: I, II, III and IV

Transformations classes are for students who have completed the prerequisite study of Foundations I – III (or equivalent). 

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Transformations/Tikkun I

Madrichah: Elana Eisner

Mondays on ZOOM

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

September 19 – December 26, 2022

Fee $325

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Transformations/Tikkun II

Madrichah: TBA

More information coming soon!

Transformations/Tikkun III

Madrichah: Carol Daniels

I. Mondays on ZOOM

6:30PM – 8:00PM ET

September 12 – December 12, 2022

Fee $325

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II. Wednesdays on ZOOM

9:30AM – 11:00AM ET

September 7 – December 7, 2022

Fee $325

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Transformations/Tikkun IV

Madrichah: TBA

More information coming soon!

On Mussar and Theology

With 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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Nefesh haHayyim  

With Rabbi Ira Stone 

This shiur is based on Nefesh haHayyim, The Soul of Life, by Rabbi Chaim Volozhin, viewed through a Mussar perspective. The translation we are using describes the book as Nefesh HaTzimTzum to emphasise the doctrine of tzimtzum or “conflation.” The course began as a free offering by Rabbi Stone during the early days of quarantine in the Summer of 2020, and has blossomed into a deep and ongoing study. In the introduction, this text is described as a Shulchan Aruch of Hashkafa, “a formal presentation of how a Jew is to view and philosophically interact with the world.”

Fee: $180

Every Other Thursday on ZOOM
Time: TBA

Dates: TBA

Not currently accepting new students. To be placed on waitlist please email: admin@contemporarymussar.org

 

Lectures at Levinas 

With Rabbi Ira Stone 

One of the unique aspects of the Center for Contemporary Mussar’s approach was developed by using the philosophic lens of Emmanuel Levinas. He was born in Lithuania, but studied in France, where he eventually made his permanent home. His emphasis on the obligation to bear the “other” as our responsibility runs through much of CCM’s material. This bi-weekly course will trace the main lines of Levinas’ philosophic thought through his specific Judaic essays and commentaries. The centrality of ethics in his philosophical approach, derived in part from his Judaic background, provides a unique lens through which to view traditional Mussar texts and practice.

Fee: $180

Every other Thursday on ZOOM
Time: TBA

Dates: TBA

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Mussar for Mensches 

Madrich: TBA 

In this class, we return to the final chapters of Mesillat Yesharim, focusing on concepts such as Hasidut, or Love as expressed in deeds, Anavah, or inner humility, Fear of Sin, or awe in the face of the magnitude of our obligation, and Holiness, which is about elevating all activities to the level of Divine Service. You will revisit weekly the original 18 Cheshbon HaNefesh middot.

Fee: $265

Wednesdays on ZOOM
Time: TBA

Dates: TBA

This class is for Men only.

Not currently accepting new students. To be placed on waitlist please email: admin@contemporarymussar.org