Rabbi Barry Block, editor of The Mussar Torah Commentary: A Spiritual Path to Living a Meaningful and Ethical Life, is this week’s guest on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast.
This mussar-based commentary is a vital resource for Torah study, offering a thoughtful analysis of each of the 54 weekly parashot. Each essay in this anthology brings a parashah into juxtaposition with one of the mussar middot (character traits as described within the Jewish school of ethics called mussar), thereby providing an applied lens of mussar teachings that helps us to delve deeper into our tradition with increased mindfulness and intention.
About the Guest
Rabbi Barry H. Block serves Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Houston native and graduate of Amherst College, Rabbi Block was ordained by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1991 after studying at its Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York campuses, and he received his DD, honoris causa, in 2016. A member of the CCAR Board of Trustees, Block has contributed to several previous CCAR Press publications, including “Unplanned Fatherhood” in The Sacred Encounter; “Marriage, Money, and Musar” in The Sacred Exchange; and “Welcoming Converts” in Navigating the Journey. With Dr. Alan Morinis, he co- authored “Mussar and the Development of Spiritual Practices” in A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path, and he is a regular contributor to the CCAR Journal. Block currently serves as faculty dean at URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, a role he held for twenty- one years at URJ Greene Family Camp. He is a past board chair of Planned Parenthood of South Texas. He is the proud father of Robert and Daniel.