Becoming a Mensch: The Spiritual Path of Mussar and Tikkun Middot

Posted by David Jaffe on August 1, 2016
Topics: Pardes Live, Spiritual Practices, Practices, Spirituality, Mussar


Becoming a Mensch: The Spiritual Path of Mussar and Tikkun Middot (Mussar is a thousand-year- old Jewish system for personal growth, specifically in the realm of character improvement; Tikkun Middot is the practice of refining/improving one’s character traits) with David Jaffe – Beit Midrash.

This podcast will give an overview of Avodat HaMiddot – the spiritual practice of developing our inner lives from Biblical times to the present. In addition, this podcast will address the Mussar theory of change, differences between the Mussar movement and chassidic approaches to growth and examples of practices for bridging the gap between the head, heart and hand.


About David Jaffe

Rabbi David Jaffe is the Founder and Principal of the Kirva Institute. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Bat Ayin Yeshiva in Israel and has a B.A. in History from Cornell University, an M.A. in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. He is currently the Mashgiach Ruchani/Spiritual Advisor at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA where he previously served as an instructor of Rabbinics and Dean.

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