|A Season of Mussar comes to Calgary|
|Friday, 09 September 2011 20:01|
Last June many in the Calgary Jewish community were introduced to the Mussar movement for the first time. Now, the Calgary Community Kollel is offering a 13 week program that explores the use of Jewish spirituality to transform daily life.
Mussar is an old tradition that originated outside the synagogue movement. It’s modern adherents, such as Alan Morinis who spoke in Calgary last June, has written in his book, “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” in which he explains that for him, Mussar was a search for how to weave the qualities of a holy spiritual life into daily, practical reality.
As described in the program, the focus is on finding balance in life. If you did an inventory of your frustrations – anger, lack of patience, feeling out of control – the study of Mussar tries to show individuals how the answers may be found in Judaism.
As Morinis states in his book, “Jews have practiced their religion, their culture for thousands of years. We’ve learned a lot on the way. And human nature hasn’t really changed that much over the years. So we are not the first, nor the last people to ask hard questions, such as how to live without greed, lust and fear. So let’s look at what Judaism has to offer about how to live.”
The 13-week Mussar program is lead by Rabbi Chaim Safran of the Kollel, who has been studying Mussar for years.