Mussar is the Hebrew word for “correction” or “instruction,” and is now the modern Hebrew word for ethics. A renowned European rabbi began to mine Jewish tradition in the early 1900s to highlight its ethical teachings. After adding his own insights, he created the practice he called Mussar, a path for life-long inner growth. Rabbi Shanks invites us to explore the history of Mussar’s development and the mix of small group discussion and meditation that makes up the practice as well as the character traits it seeks to strengthen. Regardless of your faith or secular traditions, here’s a look at a self-improvement skill set worth your attention.