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Steven Bob, Senior Rabbi
Andrea Cosnowsky, Associate Rabbi
Anne Stein, Director of Education
Jacob Margulies, President
Janet Widmaier, Past President
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Lifelong Learning Program- Mussar
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What is Mussar? To start, it is a 19th century Jewish spiritual practice that originated in Lithuania. The word
Mussar, which is found many times in the Bible, literally means “correction” or “instruction;” and, depending on
context, it can have a stronger meaning such as “reproach.” In modern Hebrew the word Mussar means
Rabbi Salanter (19th C) is the recognized ‘father’ of the Mussar Movement. He saw that there could be a
chasm between our intellectual knowledge and our actual behavior. He understood that it is inadequate to just
control ourselves, our impulses, and our inclinations. It is necessary to change ourselves internally so that
we are transformed so that our actions are natural and from an inner self being true to itself. For example,
acting honestly because we fear divine or earthly punishment is not the goal. That is just controlling our
dishonest nature. The goal is to be honest because our inner self is honest and can act in no other way. Only
then could each of us realize our full spiritual potential as human beings and Jews.
Please join us for this Shabbaton. We will study a wonderful subject that is sure to enlighten, entertain, and
enrich your spiritual life. Even if you are not Jewish, you are most welcome to study this timeless subject –
the study of Mussar.
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