Thinking about keeping your slate clean after Yom Kippur? Want a Jewish way to deepen your focus on your speech, behavior, and ideas? Looking to connect to people in meaningful ways? You may be looking for tikkun middot.
Beth Emet will expand its program on tikkun middot this year and establish new Va’adot (small groups). Middot are character traits expressed in our behavior that can enrich or tangle relationships. We use a national curriculum developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, which supports ongoing character development through mindfulness and Tikkun Middot practices. Participants in Beth Emet’s Tikkun Middot project cultivate moral traits such as patience, compassion, trust, and mindful speech. By infusing middot practice in individuals and throughout our synagogue’s programming and work, we can transform our community as well. Each month the group will focus on a particular character trait, and each session will include meditation, mindfulness practice, the study of Jewish texts, and self-reflection. Between the sessions, participants will work with a partner (chevruta) on specific exercises to explore the obstacles and opportunities present in each moment to help us wisely access more wholesome, godly options in our thoughts and behaviors. The dates and times of the new groups will be set soon. If you are interested, please contact Marci Dickman for additional information.