Mussar Level II: Mussar for Communities of Obligation with Hope Melton
Inspired by the Jewish wisdom traditions of Mussar (applied Jewish ethics) and Chas-sidut (applied Jewish mysticism) David Jaffe’s book, Changing the World from the In-side Out, creates an integrated path of personal and societal change. Based on this text, the course seeks to make social justice work more meaningful because it is spiritually grounded and sustainable. With a paradigm shift towards caring for the Other and the common good, the course seeks to move social justice work towards Devekut (Closeness) – the pathway of feeling close to the Living Presence and all creation, and Shleimut (Wholeness/Alignment) – the pathway of behaving in alignment with Jewish values and the reality of our constant, albeit hidden, connection to Source of All Being and the interconnection and interdependence of all creation. The main focus is on four middot foundational to social justice work; Anavah/Humility, Savlanut/Patience, Kavod/Respect & Dignity, and Bitachon/Trust.
PREREQUESITE: Intro to Mussar class or other Mussar study.
NOTE: This class will only be offered on Zoom (no hybrid option).
REQUIRED MATERIAL: Justice in the City; An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism by Aryeh Cohen. Purchase here.