The Jewish Road to Character: A Taste of Mussar
July 9 @ 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
One event on July 16, 2020 at 7:45 pm
One event on July 23, 2020 at 7:45 pm
One event on August 6, 2020 at 7:45 pm
One event on August 13, 2020 at 7:45 pm
One event on August 20, 2020 at 7:45 pm
An introductory course with Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Thursday evenings, 7:45 – 9:15 pm
6 Sessions: Jul 9, 16, 23, Aug 6, 13 and 20
In his 2015 book, The Road to Character, NY Times writer David Brooks posits that we live our lives by two different sets of virtues: what he calls “Resume virtues” and “Eulogy virtues.” He writes, “Resume virtues are the ones you list on your resume, the skills that you bring to the job market and that contribute to [your] external success. The eulogy virtues are deeper. They’re the virtues that get talked about at your funeral, the ones that exist at the core of your being – whether you are kind, brave, honest or faithful; what kind of relationships you formed. Most of us would say that the eulogy virtues are more important than the resume virtues.” Brooks contends that we live in a world that celebrates the resume values, and demands that we enhance those values.
We are living through an intensely confusing and contentious time. Many of us are seeking to find a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us and inspire us to become the best persons we can be. For the Jewish world, asking such a focus is hardly new. Yet, in our time, we have the uncovering of a rich part of our Jewish heritage which was nearly lost to our people – the study and practice of Mussar. In large part inspired by the work of The Mussar Institute and other contemporary efforts at reclaiming Mussar for our day, an ever-expanding number of communities and individuals are bringing the study Mussar
In this 6-week series, we will taste the study and practice of some of the Mussar tradition’s wisdom for our lives in our times. Come travel the “Jewish Road to Character” along this journey into what be a profoundly meaningful and nourishing spiritual practice for our Jewish souls, hearts and minds.
Class size is limited!
Fee: $150 per semester
Questions? Please contact Terri Swartz Russell
Rabbi Eric Gurvis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, with a BA in Sociology and Judaic Studies, and was ordained as a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Eric has served congregations in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi; Teaneck, New Jersey; and in Newton, Massachusetts. In July 2019 he will begin serving Sha’arei Shalom – a Jewish congregation serving Ashland and Metrowest.
Eric has trained with The Mussar Institute and is a certified Mussar Va’ad leader. He has long been deeply involved in youth activities and Jewish camps, interfaith work, and Israel programming and education. Eric is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute in 2013, where he serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Council. Eric and his wife, Laura Kizner Gurvis have four children and a grandson in whom they take great delight.