Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar

Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar

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by Alan Morinis
     
 

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Mussar is an illuminating, approachable, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day-to-day life. Here is an accessible and inspiring introduction to this Jewish spiritual path, which until lately has been best known in the world of Orthodox Judaism. The core teaching of Mussar is that our

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Mussar is an illuminating, approachable, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day-to-day life. Here is an accessible and inspiring introduction to this Jewish spiritual path, which until lately has been best known in the world of Orthodox Judaism. The core teaching of Mussar is that our deepest essence is inherently pure and holy, but this inner radiance is obscured by extremes of emotion, desire, and bad habits. Our work in life is to uncover the brilliant light of the soul. The Mussar masters developed transformative teachings and practices—some of which are contemplative, some of which focus on how we relate to others in daily life—to help us to heal and refine ourselves.

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"You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this way of refining and elevating your inner life and outward actions. Everyday Holiness is an exceptional resource, illuminating how true spiritual transformation can take place in our lives one day at a time.”—Spirituality and Health

“Clear and delightfully illustrated. Readers of any religion should take their time with this engaging tome of wisdom, lore, and suggested practice.”—Publishers Weekly

“A readable, engaging, friendly book. . . . [Morinis] writes as one besotted with the Jewish path, but not so intoxicated as to forget the conventions of the secular. He’s an accessible guide, and a sober one.”—Jewish Daily Forward

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590306093
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
111,419
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Morinis completed his doctorate at Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. A producer of award-winning television and film, he has been a student of the Mussar tradition since 1997, studying under Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr. Alan is the founder and director of the Mussar Institute, an organization that promotes the study of Mussar through study groups, courses, and public talks. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and two daughters.

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Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The matter has no end and it is circumstantial.   The level of sensitivity required must precede thought.  Humility and free will reaches a new dimension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book as part of a class with our rabbi. It is a good basis for discussion topics, but we have issues with many of the author's examples and some of his points of view. It really helps to go through the book with someone who is already learned in Mussar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best read in a guided setting or class led by someone educated in this process. Can be re-read and meditated upon forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago