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The Art of Mussar: A Practice Group Blending Mussar and Expressive Arts

This course was offered in Fall, 2018.

BowlwithWisdomFiguresThe study and practice of Mussar offers a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation. Its focus on tikkun middot, the refinement of character, enables us to ground our spiritual aspirations and live a life of joy and personal integrity.

Tikkun middot is a practice shared by both Jewish mystics and mussar masters alike. It involves deepening self-awareness (cheshbon ha’nefesh), building spiritual muscle in the areas where we are challenged and mastering reactive, habitual patterns.

This introductory session will provide an opportunity to meet the instructors and enjoy a sample of the curriculum for the full program that will begin in early 2019. The group, led by Estelle Frankel and Ruth Gendler will blend text study with guided meditation, journaling, poetry and expressive arts.

The middot: humility, patience, perseverance, joy, compassion, generosity, Trust/faith, truth

Curriculum: humility, courage, faith/trust, equanimity, patience, perseverance/endurance, joy, compassion, generosity, loving-kindness, honesty

Image: Bowl with Wisdom Figures, Ruth Gendler


# Sessions
Date & time

Tuesday, December 4
7:15 - 8:45 pm

$25 (100%)
$20 (80%)
$15 (60%)

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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Dec 04 7:15 PM–8:45 PM Tue Lehrhaus Estelle Frankel Ruth Gendler


Lehrhaus Judaica

2736 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94704



Estelle Frankel

Estelle FrankelEstelle Frankel, MFT is a practicing psychotherapist, spiritual advisor, and seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism and meditation who blends depth psychology with the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of Kabbalah. She has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the U.S. for over 40 years and is the author of: Sacred Therapy and The Wisdom of Not Knowing. Learn more at www.estellefrankel.com.

Ruth Gendler

Ruth GendlerRuth Gendler is an artist and the author of the bestselling The Book of Qualities, the award winning Notes on the Need for Beauty and the anthology Changing Light. Now in its 54th printing, The Book of Qualities has been translated into several languages, used in classrooms to teach personification and values, adapted for theater and dance, and quoted widely in sermons and speeches. Contemplating qualities has proved to be a lively, useful and gentle way to educate the heart and mind.

Gendler's art work, including paintings, drawings, and monotypes, have been exhibited nationally and featured on the covers of several books in the United States and Asia. She has extensive experience in using art and creative processes as a way to kindle and make visible our intentions and questions.