Live your Best Life: The Mussar Edition
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A major professional failure left Dr. Alan Morinis feeling spiritually orphaned. He then began a journey that led him on a mission to revive the Mussar Movement, a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement that developed in 19th century Lithuania.
As the founder the Mussar Institute, he teaches that our ancient spiritual practices can enable each person to unlock the gates of your soul to become your best self, by drawing on and sharing the teachings of Mussar to foster a life of greater meaning and enhanced relationships.
Join him in conversation with AJU’s Rabbi Pinchas Giller, as they discuss how Jewish spirituality can help to illuminate our lives.
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Dr. Alan Morinis, Founder of The Mussar Institute, is a leading figure in the contemporary revival of the Mussar movement, a 1,100-year-old authentic Jewish personal and communal spiritual tradition that was nearly lost following the Holocaust. A filmmaker, Rhodes Scholar, and anthropologist whose focus had been Hindu religious pilgrimages, he reached a personal turning point in his life in 1997 that led to his exploration of Mussar.
Alan sought out Rabbi Yechiel Perr, an accomplished master who stood in an unbroken line of transmission of the Mussar tradition. Following years of study he reinterpreted the ancient Mussar learnings and practices for modern audiences in Climbing Jacob’s Ladder and Everyday Holiness. To address the growing public interest in Mussar, he founded The Mussar Institute in 2004. He went on to author two more books, Every Day, Holy Day, and With Heart in Mind. Alan continues to explore and interpret original Mussar sources in Hebrew and is making these valuable teachings available to the contemporary world.
The Mussar Institute is the world’s leading provider of contemporary Mussar resources and instruction. The Mussar Institute offers courses, facilitator training, curricula for congregations and organizations, special events, speakers, and retreats. Mussar is a Jewish tradition of learning and practices focusing on character and ethical development that leads to self-awareness, wisdom, and transformation. It is practiced by people worldwide, regardless of affiliation.
Rabbi Giller was ordained at Yeshiva University and received his PhD. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His has written four scholarly works on Kabbalah and its central work, the Zohar. Rabbi Giller is on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School at the American Jewish University.