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Temple Emanuel Annual Scholar in Residence


Dr. Alan Morinis, the founder and dean of The Mussar Institute and an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition will be our Scholar-in-Residence in March.  Mussar, a Jewish path of contemplative practices that has evolved over the past thousand years, encourages spiritual growth leading to awareness, wisdom and transformation.

Alan Morinis completed his Ph.D. in social anthropology at Oxford University.  His first book, Climbing Jacob’s Ladder:  One Man’s Rediscovery of a Jewish Spiritual Tradition, describes how, after a personal crisis, he felt inspired to explore his Jewish heritage.  For the past nineteen years, studying and teaching the nearly lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion— as he shares in his books Everyday Holiness:  The Jewish Spiritual Path of Musar, and Mussar:  With Heart in Mind.


  • Shabbat dinner at 6:00 pm (Reserve on the TE website); Services at 7:30; Dr. Morinis speaks on “What is Mussar and Why Should I Care?”


  • Come for some or all events; 10:00-11:30, Dr. Morinis leads a discussion of the week’s Torah portion “Torah Through a Mussar Lens”; 12:00 Dairy Luncheon (Reserve on the TE website).
  • 5:30 Dr. Morinis introduces classical Mussar texts from the Talmud and the writings of the rabbis from the Middle Ages to the present.
  • 7:30 Havdalah

Temple Emanuel is located at 150 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT 06477 203-397-3000.

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