"I am more conscious of my words, both at home and in social situations, and I am far more conscious of silence and the blessing it is in my life. I look forward to building on this learning and increasing it as the year progresses." - Roberta Reinfeld
Development of Moral Character
Har HaShem is one of twenty-eight organizations selected to participate in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Tikkun Middot Project. The project is supported by a grant from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Templeton Foundation. It is a ground-breaking national initiative developing moral character through the mindfulness practice of tikkun middot: the cultivation of character traits such as forgiveness, generosity, and humility.
This practice of soul trait study and mindfulness is available to all our members so we can reach for personal self-improvements. We will enhance the meaning and purpose of our individual and communal relationships.
- to grow in compassion, spiritual depth, and a sense of connectedness
- to be a part of a year-long committed spiritual group at our synagogue that meets monthly
- to have a hevruta (study partner) to share your insights and learning experiences
- to study character development through a Jewish lens
To see more, please watch this PowerPoint Presentation.
The Project’s 10 Middot
Hitlamdut – Openness to Learning
Behira Points – Choice Points
Anavah – Humility
Savlanut and Ka’as – Patience
Hesed – Lovingkindness
Kavod – Respect
Shtika & Shmirat HaLashon – Silence & Thoughtful Speech
Bitachon – Trust in God
Emunah – Trustworthiness
Seder – Order
|"Each month so far has been a rich discovery of new practices, thought processes, and concepts to help me realign myself with becoming my best self. I have appreciated that each month gives me a new middah to concentrate on and work towards - i.e., patience, loving kindness, mindful speech. The process has not been easy, and often means looking deeply at some of my 'flaws,' but it has been invaluable and has given me new goals to strive toward." - Karli Atwell|