Join us for a joyous shabbat morning filled with Hebrew chants, deep contemplation along with spirited Torah learning. Rabbi Donsky and David Goldstein (Tikkun Chant Circle of Pittsburgh http://davidpgoldstein.owlweb.org/hebrewchant.htm). The dates are March 2nd, April 20th (Rabbi Donsky only), and May 4th, 2013. Simhat Shabbat – 10 AM – 11:30 AM.
Exploring the Jewish Tradition of Mussar
a new series of 3 Friday evening interactive discussions led by Rabbi Donsky as part of Kabbalat Shabbat services. Fridays: March 15th, April 19th and May 10th.
The learning and practicing of Mussar is very much part of the Yedidya: Moreh Derekh Jewish Direction program that Rabbi Donsky has been engaged with since last Spring. Here are some brief explanations of Mussar from the Mussar Institute website. http://www.mussarinstitute.org/
WHAT IS MUSSAR? Mussar is a path of contemplative practices and exercises that have evolved over the past thousand years to help an individual soul to pinpoint and then to break through the barriers that surround and obstruct the flow of inner light in our lives. Mussar is a treasury of techniques and understandings that offers immensely valuable guidance for the journey of our lives.
GOALS OF MUSSAR PRACTICE The goal of Mussar practice is to release the light of holiness that lives within the soul. The roots of all of our thoughts and actions can be traced to the depths of the soul, beyond the reach of the light of consciousness, and so the methods Mussar provides include meditations, guided contemplations, exercises and chants that are all intended to penetrate down to the darkness of the subconscious, to bring about change right at the root of our nature.
From its origins in the 10th century, Mussar was a practice of the solitary seeker, until in the 19th century it became the basis for a popular social/spiritual movement originating in Lithuania, inspired by the leadership of Rabbi Israel Salanter.
Please check it out for more information. The specific Mussar practice of the Moreh Derekh program includes the study of Middot, personality characteristics, that our studied in pairs or hevruta.