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What’s Holding You Back?

Imagine the person you want to be.  Now look at the person you are.  What accounts for the discrepancy?  Many of us think we have limitations imposed upon us by nature, nurture, character, enneagram, horoscope, lack of intelligence, or Divine Will.   But Mussar doesn’t think so.

The Mussar tradition claims that we can make huge strides toward becoming the person we want to be through learning about the structure of the human condition.  Mussar provides an accurate map of where impatience comes from, why we lie, and why simplicity is important, among many other traits.  And Mussar provides clear, simple practices that can help us use the map to reach the ultimate goal:  the light of our holy soul, shining into our lives, unfettered.

A Mussar group is forming that will be meeting Monday mornings in Gunbarrel, starting August 29th (sorry I didn’t let you know sooner.  Sounds like I need to work on my traits of orderliness and alacrity).  The class will meet at Page Two Coffee, at the back of the King Sooper’s shopping center.  Contact me at heyrabbi@gmail.com if you are interested, or just show up.  We may form another group in East Boulder, if we can find 5-8 people who are wanting to attend.  Contact me on that front as well.

The class is open to everyone who is serious about doing the work.  There is a requested $50 minimum donation, which will go toward bringing Dr. Alan Morinis, who wrote the book Everyday Holiness, a modern Mussar classic, to Colorado.

About Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder

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