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Virtual - Becoming Clear Adult Ed Course

Past Sessions
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 27 Nisan 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Virtual
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 20 Nisan 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Virtual
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 13 Nisan 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Virtual
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6 Nisan 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Virtual
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7 Adar 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - KHL Room
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 30 Shevat 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - KHL Room
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 23 Shevat 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - KHL Room
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 16 Shevat 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - KHL Room
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9 Shevat 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - KHL Room
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2 Shevat 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - KHL Room
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 24 Tevet 5780 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - KHL Room
“Becoming Clear”, an exploration led by R’ Steven Silvern and Geoff Basik  
Tuesdays 7pm January 21 through April 21 (skip Purim on March 10)  
 
We have a text that speaks to the intersection of soul and character, spirit and psychology.  A Kabbalistic text and a "modern" overlay.  The Way (Path) of the Upright (or Just, or Righteous)—Mesillat Yesharim by R’ Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto (Ramchal) was published in 1746, originally as a treatise against the legalistic methods of Asheknazi Rabbis.  About 100 years later it was adopted by
R’ Israel Salanter (he was from Salant, his name is Lipkin) as the anchor text for the Mussar movement.  Another 100 years later R’ Mordechai Kaplan translated it into English from the perspective of personal ethics.
The basic premise of the text is that there are 9 attributes that develop spirituality—closeness with God.  We will be examining and discussing these 9 attributes as a technology for developing spirit / psyche.  The text has from 1 to 4 chapters devoted to each attribute—this will form the basis for our discussions.
 
We are not recommending one text because the various translations, themselves, lead to a deeper exploration of the attributes.  Some possibilities are:
 
Sepharia is an online site that has the entire book bi-lingually it’s found at:
https://www.sefaria.org/Messilat_Yesharim.1?lang=bi (scroll up to get to the introduction).  You can also download various language versions of the text from this site: https://www.sefaria.org/Messilat_Yesharim?lang=bi. There is no charge, but we are sure they would greatly appreciate a donation
 
Another online site that has the bilingual text and selected commentaries is:
You can download the pdf version of the above at:
 
This is the link to Amazon’s Kaplan text with Intro by Ira Stone (it’s way expensive and can be found used for a lot less:
 
If you have access to the Muse database from Hopkins (jhu.edu) you can download the above text for free:
 
Art Scroll has a digital and hard copy:
 
Abe Books has lots of different versions (be careful that you KNOW it is in translation)
 
Another translation by Shagra Silverstein can be had from Amazon (much cheaper than Kaplan)
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