Explore the wisdom of Mussar and Meditation with Rabbi Jay LeVine and Stacy Lawson. Mussar means “correction” or “ethical learning” and our practice focuses on becoming better people day by day in small but important ways.
Each of us has our own Mussar “curriculum” depending on which qualities we wish to hone: being more patient, having less judgment, more compassion, greater trust. We open our hearts through chant and silence, and discuss the Jewish teachings around a particular quality. Our ultimate goal: to become a mensch, a person of honesty and ethical quality trusted and loved by those around us.
If you are seeking a soulful Shabbat, but with a little less prayer and more interaction with fellow seekers - this is for you. If you want ways to grow wiser in your everyday life - this is for you. If you aren’t so sure about chanting and silence, give it a try anyway. You might be surprised at how the combination of music and silence calms us, connects us, and creates space for new ways of thinking and acting to emerge.
Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine is a life-long learner and seeker of wisdom and beauty. He is married to Rabbi Laura Rumpf and together they have a 15-month-old son, Ami. Rabbi Jay grew up the son of two music teachers in Willcox, Arizona, attended college at the University of Arizona where he earned dual degrees in Finance and Judaic Studies, and then entered rabbinical seminary at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. For the past six years, he has served as one of the rabbis at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA. He has been trained in community organizing and mussar facilitation, and is currently a member of the Jewish Studio Project's Creative Facilitators Training, a Jewish art process promoting healing and belonging.