Category: Mussar

Mussar | A Lesson on Righteousness

In the Bible righteousness bears a distinctly legal character; the righteous man is the innocent party, while the wicked man is the guilty one: “And the judges judge them by justifying the righteous and...

Mussar | A Lesson on Decisiveness

All of your acts should be preceded by deliberation; when you have reached a decision, act without hesitating. This middah is one which helps us in our daily walk by empowering us to accomplish...

Mussar | A Lesson on Order

All your actions and possessions should be orderly — each and every one in a set place and at a set time. Let your thoughts always be free to deal with that which lies...

Mussar | A Lesson on Calmness

Calmness is a middah that comes into play each and every day in the little things and the big things. A low-grade nagging feeling that things are not well impacts the little choices that...

Mussar | A Lesson on Truth

Do you have examples of little manipulations of truth like these that you also commit? If you act carefully and no one catches on, they don’t really even have any negative consequences, do they?...

Mussar | A Lesson On Equanimity

Equanimity is the Soul Trait that governs whether you stay calm or lose your head. Equanimity is often confused with inner peace. Many of us live such stressful lives that Equanimity is indeed more...

Mussar | A Lesson on Generosity

The soul-trait of generosity is named nedivut. A generous person is a nadiv. Mussar clearly distinguishes this type of generosity from another kind, called tzedakah, which means obligated giving, such as tithing. Please follow...

Mussar | A Lesson on Patience

The Hebrew word for patience is savlanut, which also means “tolerance.” The same root gives rise to words that means “suffer” (sevel) and “burdens” (sivlot). We learn from this that patience is not a...

Mussar | A Lesson on Humility

Humility is almost universally taught as the first Soul Trait, because it is fundamental to who we are. Unlike the western definition of Humility, which emphasizes being self-effacing and understated, Mussar teaches that Humility...

Mussar | Introduction | Part Two

What exactly is Mussar? That term names a spiritual perspective and also a discipline of practices that can significantly change the way a person perceives the world and acts in it. Mussar also names...

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