A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar

A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar

by Ira Stone


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620328750
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Ira F. Stone is rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia and founder of the Philadelphia Mussar Institute. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary and currently teaches at Recontructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Stone is the author of Seeking the Path to Life, Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud, and two volumes of poetry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 Building a Contemporary Mussar Theology

Introduction What Is Theology? 3

Chapter 1 Creation 7

Chapter 2 Revelation 15

Chapter 3 Redemption 31

Part 2 The Theory of Mussar

Chapter 4 Yetzer Ha-Tov and Yetzer Ha-Ra 43

Chapter 5 Yirat Hashem and Ahavat Hashem 51

Chapter 6 Kibbush Ha-Yetzer and Tikkun Ha-Yetzer 57

Chapter 7 Olam Ha-Zeh, Olam Ha-Ba, and Reward and Punishment 61

Part 3 Contemporary Mussar Practice

Chapter 8 Shiur - Learning 73

Chapter 9 Heshbon Ha-Nefesh - An Accounting of the Soul 77

Chapter 10 Hitpa'alut and Studying with Lips Aflame 82

Chapter 11 Worldly Wisdom 92

Chapter 12 Mazkeh Ha-Rabbim 95

Part 4 Mussar and Mitzvot

Chapter 13 Introduction: The Particularity of Love and Choosing Judaism 99

Chapter 14 Middot and Mitzvot 110

Chapter 15 Staying Awake and Sharing the Burden through Halakhah 118

Chapter 16 Hearing the Cry and Giving It Voice 121

Chapter 17 Becoming a Revelation 142

Chapter 18 Making Space for Eternity 148

Chapter 19 Hyperbole and Messianism 151

Appendix: Hokhmah U-Mussar-Translation and Commentary 157

Bibliography 233

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