What sefer would you recommend we learn if we would like to be מקבל upon ourselves to begin learning a mussar sefer before Rosh Hashana?
I would advise, if you really mean business, to learn Mesillas Yesharim. Now, you may have a taste for other seforim, I’m not saying not, but Mesillas Yesharim, you have to know, is tried and tested. Generations have succeeded by means of that sefer. It has a tremendous effect.
The Gra said, when he saw that sefer and he read the first eleven perakim, that there’s not even one single unnecessary word in the first eleven perakim. He said that if the Mesillas Yesharim, if Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzato, was still alive in his days, he would walk on foot to Italy and make him his Rebbe.
So I would advise you, in case you don’t know what to do, to learn Mesillas Yesharim. You won’t regret it.
TAPE # E-157