What we're about

This is a Mussar (Jewish philosophy and spirituality) group.

You can learn more about the modern Mussar movement here: https://mussarinstitute.org/what-is-mussar-2/

We will not follow the exact format suggested by the Mussar Institute (no journaling, etc.), but the basic idea is to focus on developing and practicing certain "middot" (soul qualities or positive personality traits, such as generosity, enthusiasm, and responsibility) in our lives.

The group will have a spiritual aspect to it, but is not focused on any religious practices or rituals, and is open to people of any level of Jewish observance (or non-observance).

We will meet on Zoom once a month on Sundays.

In addition, Dr. Ari Barbalat, one of our group leaders, will post announcements about documentary viewings. These will take place on Zoom and will be followed by group discussions.

Upcoming events (3)

Trust

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This meeting (and all meetings) will be led by Dr. Ari Barbalat, who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He recently earned a PhD in International Relations from UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles). Ari enjoys cooking, documentary films, podcasts, and studying Jewish religious literature. Ari wrote his dissertation on Israel's foreign relations under Prime Minister Menachem Begin. He has much wisdom to share about Mussar and spirituality.

Before this meeting, read the chapter on Trust in "Everyday Holiness" by Alan Morinis, available here: https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Holiness-Jewish-Spiritual-Mussar/dp/1590306090/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3602JARK56X7L&dchild=1&keywords=everyday+holiness+by+alan+morinis&qid=1609287213&s=books&sprefix=everyday+holin%2Caps%2C-1&sr=1-1

Each day, say (out loud) "I am going to practice Trust today."

Reflect on the meaning of trust and how you practice it in your life.

Faith

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This meeting (and all meetings) will be led by Dr. Ari Barbalat, who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He recently earned a PhD in International Relations from UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles). Ari enjoys cooking, documentary films, podcasts, and studying Jewish religious literature. Ari wrote his dissertation on Israel's foreign relations under Prime Minister Menachem Begin. He has much wisdom to share about Mussar and spirituality.

Before this meeting, read the chapter on Faith in "Everyday Holiness" by Alan Morinis, available here: https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Holiness-Jewish-Spiritual-Mussar/dp/1590306090/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3602JARK56X7L&dchild=1&keywords=everyday+holiness+by+alan+morinis&qid=1609287213&s=books&sprefix=everyday+holin%2Caps%2C-1&sr=1-1

Each day, say (out loud) "I am going to practice Faith today."

Reflect on the meaning of faith and how you practice it in your life.

Yirah

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This meeting (and all meetings) will be led by Dr. Ari Barbalat, who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He recently earned a PhD in International Relations from UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles). Ari enjoys cooking, documentary films, podcasts, and studying Jewish religious literature. Ari wrote his dissertation on Israel's foreign relations under Prime Minister Menachem Begin. He has much wisdom to share about Mussar and spirituality.

Before this meeting, read the chapter on Yirah in "Everyday Holiness" by Alan Morinis, available here: https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Holiness-Jewish-Spiritual-Mussar/dp/1590306090/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3602JARK56X7L&dchild=1&keywords=everyday+holiness+by+alan+morinis&qid=1609287213&s=books&sprefix=everyday+holin%2Caps%2C-1&sr=1-1

Each day, say (out loud) "I am going to practice Yirah today."

Reflect on the meaning of yirah and how you practice it in your life.

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Responsibility

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