Foundations of Mussar/Kibbush
Kibbush, which literally means “capture,” is the Mussar practice of self-restraint. This is a foundational step in Mussar practice and evokes the question: What is it that keeps us asleep, even as we desire to be awake to the needs of the other?
In this foundational class of Kibbush, we will study middot (character traits) such as seder/order and savlanut/patience, as a way to understand and recognize when our energy is in a state of Ra, or self-absorption. We will study Mesillat Yesharim (The Path of the Upright) by Rabbi Moses Hayyim Luzzatto as we explore the elements of daily practice which help us transform our energy so we can more fully serve the other.
Prerequisite: Seeds of Mussar (or prior mussar training–contact instructor)
Required texts: Mesillat Yesharim ($48) and CCM Workbook ($18)