Mussar is a discipline of steady personal character refinement. 
Our Mussar Master, Messiah Yeshua taught us how we should bring good fruit as a demonstration of our purposeful lives.  Mussar is one important component of being a disciple and light of Messiah.

You are the light of the world.  A city that sits on the mountain will not be hidden, nor do people kindle a lamp just to put it under the bushel measure, but on the menorah, to illuminate all who are in the house.  So also, shine your light before sons of men, so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16, DHE)

new-life
daily-walking
  • during the week...

  • gather - once or twice with your chevruta (partner) for study
  • repeat - the memory verse of the week
  • be aware - of behaviors during the day, moments that elucidate middot work
  • after sundown on saturday night...

  • finish - journal entries for friday and saturday and score yourself in your charts
  • assess - your scores in your journal charts by tallying them and reflecting on the results
daily-stairway
  • in the morning...

  • meditate  - on the middah for the week
  • repeat - the memory verse of the week
  • be aware - of behaviors during the day, moments that elucidate middot work
  • in the evening...

  • journal - positive or negative moments related to the weekly middah
  • account -by filling in your daily or chesbon hanefesh chart

middah of the week

24-awareness

Soak in the world through the pores of body, mind, and soul.

Awareness is seeing and knowing what is happening in your locale, the world, and within yourself. It is a constant state of being connected to humanity, your soul, and Hashem. Awareness breeds concern and helps to refine the other middot.

middah gallery

Click on an image to bring you to the middah content. The highlighted middah is this week's.

humilitypatiencegratitude
orderequanimityconcentration
enthusiasmsilenceawareness
adaptabilitymoderationdecisiveness
loving-kindness

author's blog

    rav rafael Developing Mussar class at UMJC Conference
    Written by rav rafael

    Many thanks to all who attended our recent intro to Mussar at the summer 2014 UMJC Conference.  Rabbi Paul Saal and Rabbi Jason Forbes (aka. rav rafael) presented this class to a packed room. 

    Due to the amount of interest at this conference, we plan to start a new year cycle after the fall holidays, on October 19th, 2014.  Sign up on our email list to the right.  In the meantime, we recommend you get started learning with the book Everyday Holiness.

    Click "read more" to listen and view the presentation.


    Written on Sunday, 20 July 2014 20:42

support the program - step 1

riverton creekWondering how the program works?  Check out our overview.

Click here to pay the yearly donation for the program.

We ask for a donation of $18 ($26 for married couples) to cover a year of the program, unless you inform us (privately) that you are under financial distress. This donation says "I'm in - I'm committed - I'm determined to make real progress this coming year".  

We hope the program overflows living waters into your life. Thanks for giving!

facebook-iconDonating members may join our online mussar discussions; they occur through Facebook.  You can request to join by clicking here.

program signup - step 2

First put your email in this box to get on the mailing list, and click subscribe.

order materials - step 3

The new journals are ready. Order yours today!

journal5775-cover


Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

 

Click here for other recommended materials.

Member Login

Login to access podcasts, special content, discussion forums and user blogs.