Behind bars, many inmates find meaning in the traditional study of Jewish ethics.
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Mussar — ethical teachings originally developed in 19th-century Eastern Europe primarily by Rabbi Israel Yisrael Lipkin Salanter to help Jews integrate their daily behavior with Torah commandments and values — has recently come back into vogue. Jews across denominations, and in settings from synagogues to JCCs, have renewed studying these texts.
Many people turn to mussar to help them address career frustrations, health setbacks, family difficulties — or simply learn how to deal better with others.