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Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar Paperback – December 2, 2008
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“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
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Everyday Holiness is well laid out in three sections. Part one explains what Mussar is and gives something of its history. Part two describes eighteen middot (character traits) including how they impact on our lives and steps we might take to improve the balance of that particular quality in our personalities. Part three describes Mussar practice, including daily, weekly and annual activities.
I found the book wonderfully clear and relevant for today. It would be quite possible to launch into Mussar with just this book as a guide.
This book is outlined in a way that offers daily readings and you could just keep starting over each time you finish. I read from it after i finish my morning meditation session. This book has provided me with a spiritual part of Judaism that had been difficult to connect with prior to reading it.
I can't say that it has changed my life, but it has added to it something essential and beneficial for me and ultimately for all sentient beings. Thanks to Alan Morinis for writing it.
In Everyday Holiness the branch is held back so I can see the path away from my wandering and really move forward in small practical daily steps. Now moving forward is up to me, and the time-efficient methods developed in the 19th century make this the 21st century person's optimal approach. I will use this book not just as a beginning, but will read sections of it over and over. I hope that one day my newly-autographed copy will look like the well-worn map at the end of a wonderful trip. My trip will be different than the trip you take with the same map, but I believe it's the right map for many worthy and individualized trips.
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A great book. Reading it inspired me to take a course in Mussar which I am now attending. An excellent program for spiritual growth using positive actions. I've learned a lot.Published 1 month ago by Stanton A. Treuman
This was an important book for me. I loved it. I was engaged beginning with the first line on the first page. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wehttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590303687/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_85 studied this book in a Musar class. Excellent and a keeper for future reference.Published 3 months ago by Ina Jacobson