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Texts & Materials

Rabbi David Jaffe's book Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change is full of resources for building an integrated practice to sustain meaningful work.


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Delve deeper with the materials below, which provide guiding questions and unpack some of the key concepts that are central to this work.



The term kavod/כבוד can be translated as respect, dignity, or honor. Do something each day that demonstrates kavod for yourself.


What image comes to mind when you think of a humble person?  We start our exploration with Moses, the most humble person on the earth.


What is a way that you overburden or overextend yourself? How could you realign this commitment so that is in keeping with your resources?


Bitachon may be one of the most difficult Middot to acquire. The Hebrew root for Bitachon is ב.ט.ח. (B.T.Ch.) which means to be at ease, to trust and to be confident.

Webinars, Podcasts & Videos

Looking for ways to deepen your practice? Explore the webinars and podcasts below. Learn about the history and basics of Mussar, experiment with practices such as Chesbon HaNefesh/Soul Accounting Journaling, and more.




History and Insights of MussarThis Pardes Life
Becoming a Mensch: The Spiritual Path of Mussar and Tikkun MiddotThis Pardes Life
The Meaning of MussarJudaism Unbound

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