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October 13, 2015 | 30th Tishrei 5776

Alan Morinis


Alan MorinisDr. Alan Morinis is an unusual Jewish spiritual teacher. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home in Toronto, he studied anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning his doctorate at that university. After growing disgruntled with academic life, he spent fifteen years as an award-winning film producer, during which time he took his company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For the past 16 years, the nearly-lost Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar has been his passion and his mission, and he now regularly gives lectures and workshops in Mussar thought and practice. His journey into Mussar is recorded in the book Climbing Jacob's Ladder (2002). His guide to Mussar practice, entitled Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, was published in 2007 and his Mussar handbook, Every Day, Holy Day, came out in 2010 . He is currently the Dean of The Mussar Institute, which he founded in 2004 ( The Mussar Institute offers courses and training in Mussar in dozens of cities to thousands of people annually. Alan lives in Vancouver, BC, where he is at work on a new book.

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