Soul Construction

Shape Your Character Using 8 Steps from the Timeless Jewish Practice of Mussar

Self-help fads come and go but the timeless Jewish practice of mussar, a strategy for ethical and spiritual character refinement, has been helping perceptive and purposeful people live fulfilling and happy lives for generations. After years of teaching mussar classes and workshops and marveling at the dramatic changes in participants’ lives, Ruchi Koval provides a roadmap for all faiths, filled with clear explanations and illustrative anecdotes guiding readers through eight practical and powerful steps to a better version of themselves.


“Using principles from ancient Jewish wisdom, Ruchi Koval provides a brilliant roadmap to improving relationships with our spouses, children and friends. This book is a vital guide for living triumphantly in today’s turbulent times.”

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, President
American Alliance of Jews and Christians

“Seldom do you come on a book that is certain to change your life, and this is one of those rare ones. With insight, humor and wisdom, Ruchi Koval lays out the steps you can take to become the best version of the person you already are. This deep yet practical book builds on the proven wisdom of previous generations of Mussar teachers and is sure to become your favorite handbook to personal transformation and spiritual elevation.”

Alan Morinis, Founder
The Mussar Institute

“Ruchi Koval has written a handbook for self-growth that is like a close, wise (and funny) friend reaching their hand out to you to pull you up… and up! Practical and deep at the same time, we are all indebted to her for this must-have guide book to our best selves.”

Lori Palatnik, Author
International speaker and Founding Director of Momentum

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About Author, Ruchi Koval

Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and Associate Director of Congregation JFX, an innovative community in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a Jewish educator for two decades, leading self-development groups for adults and teens, and mentoring educators around the world. Ruchi is a certified parenting coach, motivational speaker, musician, author, and mother. She is a Trip Leader for Momentum, inspiring hundreds of women on their journeys in Israel.

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