Continuing Va’ads — Spring and Summer 2022

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

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Foundations/Kibbush I

Madrichah: Helene Kates

Mondays on ZOOM
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET
June 13 – August 15, 2022

Fee $325

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Foundations/Kibbush I

Madrichah: Sandi Kirschner

Thursdays on ZOOM
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET
April 28 – June 30, 2022

Fee $250

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This class is full.

Foundations/Kibbush II

Madrichah: Carol Daniels

Tuesdays on ZOOM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET
February 8 — May 10, 2022

Fee $325

This class is full.

Foundations/Kibbush III

Madrichah: Sonia Voynow

Thursdays on ZOOM
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET
March 3 — June 9, 2022

Fee $325

This class is full.

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

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Transformations/Tikkun I

This class is full

Madrichah: Elana Eisner

Mondays on ZOOM
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT
February 7 — May 2, 2022

Fee: $325

Transformations classes are for students who have completed the prerequisite study of Foundations I – III (or equivalent). To apply to this va’ad please reach out to Elana at elanaeisner@gmail.com

Transformations/Tikkun II

Madrichah: Carol Daniels

Fee: $325

Two sections available on ZOOM:

  Section I: Mondays

     6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET
     February 7 — May 9, 2022

  Section II: Wednesdays

     9:30 AM – 11:00 AM ET
     February 9 — May 11, 2022

  These classes are full.

Transformations/Tikkun IV

Madrichah: Hazzan Naomi Hirsch

Mondays on ZOOM
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET
Dates: January 31 – May 16, 2022

Fee: $325

This class is full.

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: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Dates: January 13 – May 19, 2022

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: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Dates: January 20 – May 26, 2022

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

 

Mussar for Mensches 

With Rabbi Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu 

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: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET

Dates: February 9 – May 18, 2022

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