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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 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.

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What an incredible audible production. Pure gold!

Every now and again Audible really comes up with the gold! It keeps us subscribed! I'm a practicing Catholic and yet I found this work on Mussar: the hebrew for instruction (see Proverbs 4, 13) to be utterly edifying and absolutely relevant to my own walk towards righteousness in the Lord and character development.
It was eminently practical and not full of excessive waffle. Neither was it filled with pie in the sky space-out mysticism (even though I do like a bit of abstract Theology). Mussar is brass tacks: examine yourself and go to work methodically, calmly, honestly. As a Christian I will be incorporating elements of this into my own faith walk. Many elements of this mussar can be found in Ignatian spiritual exercises and the saints but it's just nice to here this wisdom from the Jewish tradition emanating from Torah and the Tenakh. Mussar is a biblical practice and concept as I've shown above.
The first part introduces Mussar and then goes over many spiritual and moral traits: one per chapter. Awesome! The second part then goes into how to work on your own character in self examination and working on overcoming the sins/flaws and strengthening concrete virtues as their antithesis. The narrator does a fine job.

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  • Shanna Reed
  • 26-04-18

this is a must read

I actually added hardcopy to my library to be able to go back over time and time again. practical practice for spiritual growth. narrator has great voice to keep attention not put to sleep. Had hard time finishing because keep going back over chapters.

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  • John R
  • 29-09-17

Not just for the student of Judaism

Beautifully written and narrated with vivid expressions of truth that inspire and nurture the soul. Not just for the student of Judaism; in my listening I heard great continuity of truth with my Christian/Catholic upbringing.

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  • Scott
  • 04-09-16

just what I was looking for

This book popped up as recommendation. As someone who had done some mussar study before, it was the perfect way for me to deepen that study and practice. I highly recommend it for someone interested in making deeper their Jewish spiritual practice in this area.

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  • B. Denker
  • 09-06-19

Inspiring

Great ideas to be a better human. Offers opportunity for personal growth through journaling, group support, and chanting. I really appreciate the Judaic foundation of the philosophy.

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  • Eli
  • 03-02-19

Print would be better for practicing

Very good book but would be better if the pdf for the exercises were avalible

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-18

Life Changing

I can't imagine anyone reading this book without being permanently changed in a positive way.

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  • Kristopher J Moulton
  • 11-10-21

Good for all

A truly great look into Mussar that can apply to all believers Jew and Gentile!

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 31-03-21

truly valuable wisdom

amazing audiobook. Nuggets of wisdom here. a recommended read for those who are serious about spirituality.

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  • Ivy Joy
  • 06-03-21

Fantastic and Very Worthwhile!

I intend to listen to this book over and over again. I want to make it part of the lessons on how to live my life. This book has touched my heart deeply.

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  • 03-01-21

great introduction to mussar teachings

mussar is an amazing psychological and spiritual tool to aid growth as a human being. in this book the teacher comes to the students, laying out the basics of what mussar is, how to determine your soul traits, and how to grow as a person. much easier to get into than the classic texts which are difficult for the modern reader.