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Rabbi Ira F. Stone (b. 1949) is a leading figure in the contemporary renewal of the Musar movement, a Jewish ethical movement.

Ira F. Stone
Born1949
NationalityAmerican
Occupationcongregational rabbi
professor
Notable work
A Responsible Life
Spouse(s)Annie Stone
Theological work
LanguageEnglish
Tradition or movementConservative Judaism
Main interestsMusar Movement
Emmanuel Levinas
Jewish philosophy

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CareerEdit

Stone was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1979, and proceeded to serve congregations in Seattle and Philadelphia while also teaching at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He served as rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia from 1988 until his retirement in 2015.[1] Stone became the founding director of the Center for Contemporary Mussar in 2017.[2][3]

Musar MovementEdit

Stone is a scholar of Emmanuel Levinas and of the Musar movement. His book A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar draws on the thinking of Emmanuel Levinas in developing a contemporary vision of Musar. Unlike many other non-Orthodox Musar teachers, he believes that Musar practice must involve a commitment to the observance of Jewish law. Stone has also proposed that a dedication to Musar should be central to the approach of Conservative Judaism.[4]

BibliographyEdit

Stone's books include:

  • Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud (JPS, 1998)
  • Seeking the Path of Life: Theological Meditations on the Nature of God, Life, Love and Death (Jewish Lights, 1993)
  • Sketches for a Book of Psalms (Xlibris, 2000)
  • A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar (Aviv Press, 2006)
  • A commentary on Rabbi Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto's Mesillat Yesharim (Jewish Publication Society, 2010).
  • In Search of the Holy Life: Rediscovering the Kabbalistic Roots of Mussar (iUniverse, 2019)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Greatest Jewish Philosopher That Nobody's Heard Of: A Meeting with Emmanuel Levinas". Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. ^ Stern, Marissa (2018-01-24). "Center for Contemporary Mussar Offers Space for Study and Self-Introspection". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  3. ^ Stone, Ira; Trey, Beulah (2019-03-06). In Search of the Holy Life: Rediscovering the Kabbalistic Roots of Mussar. iUniverse. ISBN 9781532069819.
  4. ^ Geoffrey Claussen, "The American Jewish Revival of Musar", Hedgehog Review 12, no. 2 (2010): 63-72