Wednesday, May 18, 2016



This image is offered by The Mussar Institute.

+ Frederic Brussat of Spirituality & Practice blogs on Civility & Spirituality.  In this post, he tells us about the Jewish practice of Mussar:

I've already written in this blog about how two religious traditions can help us deal with the incivility of our times. The Sufi practice of adab is an antidote to the lack of courtesy in our society, and the Confucian virtue of Jen or human-heartedness is based on a respect for the dignity of human life which leads to social harmony.

Another civility resource is from the Jewish tradition: the practice of mussar. It was developed in Lithuania in the second half of the nineteenth century by Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter. The word means "correction" or "instruction" and also serves as the simple modern Hebrew word for ethics. Mussar presents many practical and everyday ways to turn around the course of incivility in our personal and public interactions with others.

Mussar is a sturdy and substantive spiritual curriculum that emphasizes daily practices of soul traits such as humility, patience, gratitude, compassion, and honor that are the signs of a decent human being. In Every Day, Holy Day, Alan Morinis, the founder and director of the Mussar Institute, offers teachings and steps to take in order to activate these and many other traits. He believes that polishing the best in us and correcting our character flaws are paths to true fulfillment as human beings.

+ Here in the USA, and I'm sure elsewhere,  we have an urgent need for civility as we work through our current political and cultural divide.  We simply can’t be holy without it. We become more civil, more holy as we practice Humility in every situation, in every relationship, in every moment.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Holiness Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Holiness” or “Guest Post” to

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