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“Alter”natives: Divergent Paths to Ethical Perfection in the Evolution of the Mussar Movement w/Raizy Lichtenstein @ 7:30 pm
February 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 4, 2020
“Alter”natives: Divergent Paths to Ethical Perfection in the Evolution of the Mussar Movement: Rabbi Israel Salanter (1809-1883 innovated the Lithuanian Mussar Movement, an immersive and controversial approach to character development which applied ethical teachings and psychology to Torah study and meditative practice. Rabbi Israel’s three primary disciples, the “Alters” (Elders of Kelm, Slabodka, and Novhardok, approached the monumental task of character development from different angles. In exploring a selection of their texts, we will focus on the creative and startlingly divergent ways in which the “Alters” interpreted Biblical passages and instituted Mussar exercises in order to inspire personal growth in their students. We will also consider how some of these approaches might be meaningful in a contemporary quest for personal development.
Raizy Lichtenstein has taught Judaic Studies and English Literature in a wide variety of educational settings. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the Hebrew University. Raizy currently works as a Jewish educator at Edah and Kevah, and is an artist-in-residence fellow at the Atiq Maker Kollel. She thanks the CBI community for its friendship, enthusiasm, and continued warm welcome.
Raizy Lichtenstein — Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, January 21, 28, February 4