Mussar is a 1,000-year-old Jewish spiritual practice focusing on the development of one’s character traits.

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, sample what Mussar is all about at an introductory “Taste of Mussar”. Rabbi Sacks will teach two sessions of this class: Monday, October 18 at 8 pm or Thursday, October 21 at 10 am. Free. In-person and on Zoom.