Seeds of Mussar

This five week introductory class will introduce a method that focuses on refining our attributes so that they enable us to serve others with greater and greater joy. We work on our character attributes, not simply to take care of ourselves and enjoy more fulfilling lives, but to practice bearing responsibility for others. The Torah introduced the idea of loving our neighbor as ourselves thousands of years ago; this Mussar program provides each student with a personal operating manual toward meeting this overarching goal of Judaism. (No Prerequisite)

Open Seeds Classes

Madrichah: Karen Kripke
Online Zoom Class – Every Monday
Meets 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET • October 12 – November 9, 2020
Course SU20-SD-MO-KK – Course Fee: $100
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Madrichah: Hazzan Naomi Hirsch
Online Zoom Class – Every Thursday
Meets 7:00 – 9:30 PM ET • October 22 – November 19, 2020
Course SU20-SD-TH-NH – Course Fee: $100
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Foundations of Mussar

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)

Open Foundations Classes

Madrichah: Elana Eisner
Mondays on ZOOM: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
October 5 – December 28, 2020
Course F20-Y1/S1-MO-EE – Fee $325
If you have questions please reach out to Elana at elanaeisner@gmail.com
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Madrich: Herb Levine
(A special Foundations Class for men offered as a collaboration with Menschwork)
Every Other Wednesday on ZOOM: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET
September 23, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Course F20-Y1/S1-WE-HL
If you have questions please reach out to Herb@contemporarymussar.org
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Foundations of Mussar – Semester 2 – Open to returning students
Madrichah: Carol Daniels
Mondays on ZOOM: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET
October 19 – January 11, 2021
Course F20-Y1/S2-MO-CD – Fee $325
If you have questions please reach out to Carol at caroldaniels604@gmail.com
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