Alan Morinis

Alan Morinis is the founder and dean of The Mussar Institute and an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he completed a PhD in anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He has written extensively on Mussar, including the books Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (2002), Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar  (2007), and With Heart in Mind (2014).

What Your Heart Can Teach You

Alan Morinis
It is said that we humans can't understand the meaning of our lives any better than fish in an aquarium can understand their own. Confined to our own environment, we cannot escape to an outside vantage point from which to look onto and make sense of our existence.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Alan Morinis
This Musar practice involves both external and internal reflection and action. To develop desirable traits in ourselves, we must work toward improving the lives of others--as one great Musar teacher puts it, we must "bear the burden of the other."