I just received a copy of the new Artscroll book STEP BY STEP compiled by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, Rav of Shaarey Tefilah in Lawrence, NY.
The sefer is a very user-friendly program for middos development that is devided into 52 weeks. Each middah has a chapter written by “noted educators, rabbanim, and rebbetzins, who each examine one specific trait. Every week brings us a new middah, and each middah is divided into a daily reading.” (From Artscroll’s website)
Even though the sefer is almost 600 pages, the way it’s divided up makes it easy to use. Unlike a number of daily and weekly study seforim, this one isn’t dated per week, therefore, you can start learning it whenever you’d like to. While it’s really to big to schlep in your tallis and tefillin bag on a daily basis, the daily readings are short enough that anyone can find time to read them once a day and not spend more than 5 minutes doing so. I happen to like the fact that it deals with many overlooked middos and that each middah is written by a different author, so you get a variey of writing styles and quoted sources.
For me, the fact that chapter 27 (Chassidus/Piety) was written by Rav Moshe Weinberger, it’s a massive bonus. Rav Moshe Weinberger, for example, cites Messilas Yesharim, Michtav M’Eliyahu, Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh, and weaves in several beautiful stories from both the Chassidshe and Litvishe worlds.
This compiliaton by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger is a welcome edition to my own daily learning and Tikun HaMiddos.
Thanks to the friend that sent this my way.