eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
A daily inspirational, concise idea, with a suggested action.
We have completed the path of preparation for repentance on Yom Kippur. Now we are ready to make a plan to study Mussar for the rest of the year.
The first task is to establish daily periods of Mussar study. These sessions should be about 15-20 minutes. It is helpful to connect them to an already existing habit. For instance, you may schedule your Mussar session before or after one of the daily prayer services or perhaps before or after one of your meals. Some people prefer to study Mussar as soon as they arise in the morning while others study it before they go to sleep at night. There is no standard time; rather every person must devise a plan that is most efficient for them.
A classic and successful method entails selecting a Mussar passage that relates to the aspect of growth that one wants to improve. The passage should be verbalized in order to arouse one’s emotions so that the Mussar will be internalized. Forming a group that meets on a regular basis to learn Mussar together is highly recommended. The synergy of the group helps to strengthen Mussar concepts among the group as well as in the individuals.
The incremental approach, a little bit each day, is the best way to successfully absorb Mussar and transform oneself. If you miss a day do not fret-just continue the next day. Eventually the study of Mussar will become a beloved routine, bringing you endless joy, inspiration, fulfillment, and holiness.
Select a Mussar book, such as: The Path of the Just, The Ways of the Righteous, Duties of the Heart, Tomer Devorah, and Ohr Yisrael. There are many other books and resources for you to choose from. For instance, The Salant Foundation publishes online, a daily, concise Mussar lesson, culled from a wide variety of sources.
To join the emussar list (free), or for any questions that you might have regarding Mussar, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786- 319 -4582.
May your daily study of Mussar evoke abundant Heavenly mercy for you and all Klal Yisrael. Together may we be inscribed in The Book of Life!
Implementation: Choose a Mussar book and make a daily schedule for study-and realize that by doing so you are giving Life to Your Soul.
In his conduct, he has injected his soul with a surefire remedy. Mussar is life itself! In light of this, HaShem will inscribe his name in The Book of Life!
Implementation: You are learning Mussar-and as you are learning–visualize your name being inscribed in The Book of Life.
By Rabbi Zvi Miller.
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Just so you know, “mussar” is the traditional name for the teaching of character development and personal growth. And Salant Foundation’s eMussar delivers this perspective to you every day via e-mail.
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