Category Archives: Mussar

Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Awe and Love of God

One of the reasons I usually teach you — with dialogue, discussion, the opportunity to challenge and give point and counterpoint — is that respect your intelligence. You are thinking people. You question what you are told. You ask if … Continue reading

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LIVE Elul Discussion, Week 2

The task is large, unending, but we are not free to ignore it. This is not a labor to be accomplished in one great effort or in occasional exertions. The task is the conforming of our minds and spirits to … Continue reading

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Peter’s “Mussar” Teaching, Part 1

The wisdom sages said, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline” (Proverbs 3:11), the Lord’s mussar. And wisdom sages understood that there are many kinds of knowledge. Mussar is a kind of practical knowledge about ourselves and our relationship … Continue reading

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LIVE Elul Discussion, Week 1

A beautiful garden is well-ordered and weedless. This is the month for getting our gardens ready. They need a lot of work . . . אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. -Song of … Continue reading

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Tonight, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time: ELUL Live Discussion

Be here between 9 and 10 pm tonight. I will post some texts from the Machzor, from Mesillat Yesharim, and other sources to get us started with a discussion via blog comments. We’ll discuss repentance, mussar, preparation for the High … Continue reading

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Path of the Just (Mesillat Yesharim)

This is not exactly a book review, though it is on the way to being one. I will do a full book review at some point. At the Society of Biblical Literature this year, I once again had the chance … Continue reading

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