|A Taste of Mussar with Rabbi Lisa SacksTuesday, January 28 at 7:45 pm.|
As we enter the secular new year of 2020, many of us will make resolutions to change our lives, whether that is starting an enhanced exercise program or being kinder to our family. But how quickly those resolutions fall by the wayside!
You might be surprised to learn that within Judaism there is a thousand-year-old tradition that can help us make changes that last. The path of Mussar focuses on the development of character traits as a means of spiritual growth. It began as a way to balance out Judaism’s emphasis on ritual and observance, to help people behave in the world in a way that reflects their beliefs. As Spanish Rabbi Bachya ibn Pakuda wrote in the year 1040, Mussar’s goal is that people’s insides should match their outsides.
Through Mussar we undertake a process of self-growth, and think and talk a lot about our own way of being in the world, yet our big picture focus is on how we relate to others, on how we can achieve holiness in our relationships. How can we be more grateful, more patient, less angry, more compassionate?
If this sounds intriguing to you, I hope you’ll join me for an introductory “Taste of Mussar” session at the end of January. There will be three different opportunities for this experience – Sunday, January 26 at 9:45 am, and Tuesday, January 28 at 7:45 pm. Then, for those who are interested, I will be convening monthly groups – one day-time and one evening – so that we can delve more deeply into this practice together.
Please reach out to me at email@example.com with any questions or concerns that you have. Mussar has been so important in my own journey and I am excited to share it with my new community.
Happy New Year!
Rabbi Lisa Sacks