Mussar and Next Year

e90efd30665a4423abb3bd43fc4b435fYou may have noticed that along with the weekly Torah portions, and there has been mussar exercises every week since parsha Vayera.

It is my belief, and the belief of others, that our Messiah Yeshua not only taught Torah to his talmidim, he taught mussar, which seeks to get to the heart of the individual and transform that person from the inside out by pinpointing and strengthening positive attributes. (One example of this is found in the Sermon on the Mount, specifically, Matthew 5:21-6:4.)

Why am I bringing up mussar now? Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking about how to present the next year’s Torah cycle. I have decided that instead of doing weekly blogs, I will share an easily downloadable, FREE booklet for anyone who wants to walk through the weekly portions and do the mussar practices with me and my family.

We will be using a specific book for Mussar this Torah cycle. The book is entitled, Every Day, Holy Day: 365 Days of Teachings and Practices from the Jewish Tradition of Mussar by Alan Morinis. I chose this book, because it breaks down attributes by week (each one being covered twice over the course of a year), and includes quotes from rabbis, verses from Scripture, and has a place for journaling.

I highly encourage you, if you know little about mussar, to check out the video below.

Also, you might like to check out Riverton Mussar, and the article, Mussar 101, by my friend and fellow blogger, Yiska Gallagher.

The new year 5777 will begin on the evening of Ocober 2, 2016, and we will start back at the beginning of Genesis on October 23, 2016, and so I will be posting a link here at the blog for the next year’s Torah cycle booklet very soon. If you have not yet subscribed, please consider signing up above by email or through WordPress, so that you can download the booklet for free when it comes available.

Shalom and blessings,