A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, May 14, 2013 - Religion - 270 pages
"Love your neighbor" is the central obligation of Jewish life. Mussar, a late nineteenth-century Jewish renewal movement, focused on this precept as a means of self-improvement and spiritual growth. Through the practical applications of Mussar, one can learn how to awaken to a spirituality that is compassionate, moral, and generous. In this book, Rabbi Ira Stone provides a contemporary theological framework for understanding Mussar and describes how participation in a Mussar group can offer support and guidance for this powerful spiritual practice.
 

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Contents

PART ONE El Building a Contemporary Mussar Theology
3
Chapter Three Redemption
31
Chapter Four Yetzer HaTov and Yetzer HaRa
43
Chapter Five Yirat Hashem and Ahavat Hashem
51
Chapter Six Kibbush HaYetzer and Tikkun HaYetzer
57
PARTTHREE El Contemporary Mussar Practice
73
The Particularity of Love
99
Chapter Fourteen Middot and Mitzvot
110
Chapter Sixteen Hearing the Cry and Giving It Voice
121
Chapter Seventeen Becoming a Revelation
142
Hokhmah UMussarTranslation and Commentary
157
Bibliography
233
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Ira F. Stone is rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia and founder of the Philadelphia Mussar Institute. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary and currently teaches at Recontructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Stone is the author of Seeking the Path to Life, Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud, and two volumes of poetry.

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