Parshat Hashavua Through a Mussar Lens
November 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
One event on November 2, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on November 11, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on November 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on November 25, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on December 2, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on December 9, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on December 16, 2019 at 10:00 am
with Rabbi Eric Gurvis
The Mussar tradition emphasizes the refinement one’s personal attributes and the development of middot or spiritual qualities such as humility, patience, gratitude, equanimity, and others. In this series, we will explore the weekly Torah portion through the lens of Mussar, and the teaching of classic Mussar texts and teachers. Each week we will explore the Torah portion from the vantage point of a particular middah (soul-trait, or quality.)
No previous Mussar experience is necessary. All texts will be presented in English translation.
Monday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am
8 Sessions: Oct 28, Nov 2, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16
Fee: $175 per semester
Class size is limited. Interested? Register Today
Register/Pay online or register by sending your check to the Synagogue’s Blum Executive office.
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.