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Tikkun Middot Project

We are excited to announce that starting this month we will be continuing our exploration of Mussar at Beth Am by offering the Tikkun Middot program developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (“IJS”).  The IJS program takes a contemporary approach to Mussar that incorporates mindfulness and endeavors to make Mussar concepts accessible to all.  Our program will introduce eight “Middot”, or character traits, which we will explore and practice with the intention of developing new ways of being and interacting that can transform our relationships and our lives.   

Over the High Holidays Rabbi David introduced us to the Mussar concepts of “Hitlamdut  (i.e., a stance of seeking to learn from all that we experience and from everyone with whom we interact by staying open and having the courage to step outside our comfort zones and limited perspectives) and “Bechirah” Points (i.e., a recognition that, at all points/times and in all of our interactions, we have the choice to react with love and compassion to whomever and whatever comes our way).  These two concepts are the foundation upon which we can build a practice of Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice designed to help us to live lives filled with holiness, wholeness and the joy that comes from deeply connecting with another.    

Each month, from October to May, we will introduce and offer opportunities to learn about one of the Tikkun Middot in a variety of ways across the community.  The monthly Middah will be infused into our Beit Midrash program and your children will be bringing it home.  Rabbi David will introduce each month’s Middah in his D’vrei Torah and in a Shabbat “lunch and learn” session open to the entire community.  And, for those who wish to go deeper and develop a personal Mussar practice, we will offer an 8 session small group (maximum 12 participants) program in which we will study each of the 8 Middot in greater depth, using a variety of techniques and materials, including learning from each other in a va’ad and working with a chevruta with whom you will study one-on-one between classes.