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Everyday Holiness

The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
December, 2008
ISBN:
9781590306093
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Following upon Alan’s earlier book, Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, which related his stumbling search for “stronger medicine” in his Jewish heritage, Everyday Holiness is his accessible and inspiring introduction to the Jewish spiritual tradition known as Mussar. Little known outside Orthodox Jewish communities, Mussar is an illuminating, accessible, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of daily life. The ultimate goal is to become a deeply good person, a mensch, or what one Mussar master called an “extraordinary ordinary person.”

The core teaching of Mussar is that our deepest essence is inherently pure and holy, but over the course of our lives it becomes obscured by extremes of emotion, desire, and bad habits. Our work in life is to liberate the radiant light of the soul. The Mussar masters developed transformative teachings and practices—some of which are contemplative, some of which focus on how we relate to others in daily life—to help us to heal and refine ourselves.

Everyday Holiness features short chapters on eighteen key character traits that the Mussar masters emphasize, including humility, generosity, gratitude, trust, patience, and enthusiasm. The book also brims with practical exercises including meditations, contemplations, journaling, chanting, and more.

“Practical guidance on how to negotiate the epidemic levels of confusion in our frenetic world. The Mussar tradition offers a path of wisdom and authentic holiness that has stood the test of time. Alan Morinis has made a significant contribution in helping reveal Mussar’s transformative power.”—Larry Dossey, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Mussar is an illuminating, approachable, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day-to-day life. Here is an accessible and inspiring introduction to this Jewish spiritual path, which until lately has been best known in the world of Orthodox Judaism. The core teaching of Mussar is that our deepest essence is inherently pure and holy, but this inner radiance is obscured by extremes of emotion, desire, and bad habits. Our work in life is to uncover the brilliant light of the soul. The Mussar masters developed transformative teachings and practicessome of which are contemplative, some of which focus on how we relate to others in daily lifeto help us to heal and refine ourselves.

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