Mussar is a centuries-old toolbox for working on one’s character, focusing on particular character traits and Jewish values. Unlike other approaches to Mussar that stress finding a place of balance in each of one’s character attributes, Seeds of Mussar: A Men's Introduction to Jewish Ethical Practice will introduce men to 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.
The class, a joint offering of Menschwork and Center for Contemporary Mussar, will meet for four, one-hour videoconference sessions on July 1, July 8, July 15, and July 22.
Future Study Opportunity
Seeds of Mussar is offered as an introductory course. Menschwork and Center for Contemporary Mussar intend to offer a more intensive program, Mussar For Mensches: A Class for Men, starting in the fall. Herb will be piloting a new approach to the CCM curriculum, with up to twelve students meeting every other week for a ninety minute class and also meeting with a study partner in the intervening week. Registration will be forthcoming during the summer.
Class and Registration Information
Number of Classes: Seeds of Mussar: A Men's Introduction to Jewish Ethical Practice will meet four times. Each class will last one hour and be presented by videoconference.
Dates and Times: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Format: Videoconference. Each session will consist of lecture/discussion and experiential segments. You will be sent the Zoom information upon registration.
Committment to participate in all four sessions.
Registration is closed.
About the Instructor: Herb Levine
A lifelong learner, Herb was educated at Harvard and Princeton, where he earned a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and did Jewish study at Boston’s Hebrew College and Philadelphia’s Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is the author of books on Yeats and the biblical Psalms. More recently, he has shared his own books of bi-lingual poetry from Ben Yehuda Press: Words for Blessing the World (2017) and An Added Soul (forthcoming, 2020). He has been involved in adult Jewish education since the mid-1980’s.