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Intro to Mussar with Rabbi Evette Lutman

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, January 27, 2021 14 Sh'vat 5781

7:00 PM - 8:15 PMOffered on Zoom

2. Wednesday, February 10, 2021 28 Sh'vat 5781

6:00 PM - 8:15 PMOffered on Zoom

3. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12 Adar 5781

6:00 PM - 8:15 PMOffered on Zoom

4. Wednesday, March 10, 2021 26 Adar 5781

7:00 PM - 8:15 PMOffered on Zoom

5. Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11 Nisan 5781

7:00 PM - 8:15 PMOffered on Zoom

6. Wednesday, April 7, 2021 25 Nisan 5781

7:00 PM - 8:15 PMOffered on Zoom

7. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 9 Iyar 5781

7:00 PM - 8:15 PMOffered on Zoom
Past Sessions
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 29 Tevet 5781 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Offered on Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86701225698 867 0122 5698.
Saturday, February 10, 2001 17 Sh'vat 5761 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Offered on Zoom

Why Study Mussar?

The Practice of Mussar is a Jewish approach to living and behaving ethically, via character examination and improvement. We use accessible tools, called middot – character traits by which we measure our growth. By studying and practicing these traits and the suggestions of the Mussar masters, we come to a better understanding of why we sometimes behave in a manner out-of-sync with who we believe ourselves to be. 

What’s Different About This Mussar Class? 

♦  We draw from both traditional Jewish texts and modern scientific behavioral study. 

♦  We begin with the premise that we have installed within us two distinct inclinations. One of those inclinations is called the Yetzer haTov (often translated as “good,” from the word “tov”). The second inclination, the most misunderstood, is the Yetzer haRa (often mistranslated as “evil,” from the word “ra”).  

♦  In this class, we reconsider the Yetzer haRa as a positive, protective, instinctive, reactive animal-brain drive. The practice of Mussar helps us understand the interaction between our animal drive and our higher self (Yetzer haTov). Your classmates will help you examine your choices through the structure of the middot to aid in your growth and development.

Text & Homework

We’ll use Everyday Holiness, the Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, by Alan Morinis, as our study guide and discussion prompter. We’ll also use modern scientific theory such as cognitive dissonance to further our understanding of why we make the choices we do.

There will be homework: assigned reading and middah practice.

Jewish & Multifaith

While Mussar is a Jewish approach, its study/practice is not exclusively Jewish. People of diverse spiritual paths can learn and participate together. So bring a friend!

Cost: Members - Free; Friends: - $100 / Maximum number of participants: 12

Registration required below. Zoom access will be provided prior to the class.              https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86701225698 867 0122 5698.

   Rabbi Evette Lutman serves as a teacher and spiritual leader of B’nai Havurah, Denver Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical  College (RRC), as well as the Ohio State College of Law.  Rabbi Evette is passionate about Mussar – Jewish Ethics, having studied for two years at RRC with Rabbi Ira Stone, Rosh Yeshiva of the Mussar Leadership Program in Philadelphia. 

Rabbi Evette is driven by the torah passage, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof” – “Justice, justice you shall pursue!”. She challenges both adults and children to be an ongoing part of the repair of our world, through personal involvement in social justice projects and  public advocacy.

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