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Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. "Love your neighbor" is the central obligation of A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar by [Stone, Ira F.
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To this question, Mussar provides a clear answer: Look closely at yourself, and set yourself a discipline of watchful self-accounting, as rigorous and serious as your diet, your work schedule or your regimen of physical exercise. Take ethics at least as seriously as you take Pilates.

Surely this is a salutary message for our times. Yet if we 21st-century Americans tilt too far in the direction of moral laziness, many of us also tip too far in the other direction: toward too much self-criticism, self-judgment, even self-hatred.

Discipline and Responsibility Along the Spiritual Path

But for this reader, the larger question is still open. Enumerating virtues, measuring behavior and recording where one falls short seem, by all accounts, to work. Yet what if we were to believe that improving the self came not from measuring and accounting, but from loving, from cultivating joy, loving-kindness and generosity in an open and loving heart? Real spiritual work inexorably leads to ethical action, as in the supposedly world-disregarding Buddhist monks who at the time of this writing are leading a mass, nonviolent protest movement in Myanmar.

A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar

Might it not be better to love, first and foremost, and leave the counting behind? Home Share Search. Email Facebook Twitter. Give Advertise Subscribe. Jay Michaelson Jay Michaelson.

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The Mussar movement developed in Judaism to help us do what we know is right. This book is a wonderfully clear and helpful exposition of one form of Mussar. As such, it has the power to do nothing less than improve our moral character and change our lives for the better. Rabbi Stone passionately reminds us that when we extend our hand to help another bear their burden, the pathway to the Beloved we seek opens before us. This impressive study brings together his two scholarly passions and demonstrates their intrinsic congruence.

In the hands of this gifted and experienced teacher, this material becomes not only accessible but even positively engaging. Every serious student of Jewish thought is in debt to Rabbi Stone and to the Aviv Press for this gift. In a way that is both challenging and accessible, Ira Stone offers a compelling theology for the contemporary Jew.

This book will be of great value for both students of the sacred psychology of Mussar and for all Jewish seekers and students of Jewish theology. Ira F. Convert currency. Add to Basket.

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