Mussar Vaad (Chaburah Program)
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Private Residence
Address: Meyerland Area
In Partnership With: The Mussar Institute
Door Price: $Registration is full!
The Chaburah program meets the need of senior students who seek to build a strong and consistent engagement with Mussar learning and practice, particularly in the company of others with whom they already shared a va'ad. The program focuses on individual middot with a "negative" valence-like envy, laziness and anger-but that leads to an investigation and cultivation of their counterpart "positive" traits as well. This focus is appropriate senior students of Mussar, who had enough experience to able to face the "negative" within, as a bridge to the "positive."
Co-directed by Alan Morinis and Rabbi Avi Fertig, the Chaburah program runs one year and focuses on one middah per month. The Houston Vaad will led by Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe.
The traits covered in the program are: Anger, Impatience, Stinginess, Ingratitude, Worry, Envy, Laziness, Judgment, Falsehood, Arrogance, Stubbornness and Sorrow
As is clear from this list, the focus in the Chaburah program is on individual middot. This is the core of Mussar practice—to cultivate sharpened awareness so that you become sensitive to the play of inner traits in your life. That awareness puts you in a position to exercise choice and to practice in order to influence the way those qualities exist in your life. And you change. And your relationships change. And through you, the world changes.
The list of middot reveals that the initial focus in the study is traits with a “negative” valence, but, of course, that leads to an investigation and cultivation of their counterpart “positive” traits as well. This focus is appropriate senior students of Mussar, who had enough experience to able to face the “negative” within, as a bridge to the “positive.”
Chaburah members receive emails 12 , on the following schedule:
#1 & 3 -- an original essay on a middah [soul-trait], built on a from Torah, rabbinic literature or Mussar sources PLUS an assignment to work on together in your va’ad [small group] meeting
#2 & 4 -- an assignment you and your chevruta to work on in the between va’ad meetings
Every -- assignments and guidance personal Mussar practice
The program also involves CHEVRUTA AND VA’AD and an advanced level of personal PRACTICE.
April 28, 2014.
Sunday, 18, 2014.
$300 per person the year-long program.