originally published on Feb. 5, 2011
My friend was learning Shulchan Aruch and found it dry. Eventually that led him to R Nachman's Liqutei Halachos on the SA which added the dimension of Hassidut
In learning Kitzur SA, I have been able to find many valuable lessons in Mussar w/o having to read too far between the lines.
Of course having learned Mussar over the years helped to train my eye a bit. So after a while one can derive Mussar from Humash, Tehillim, Mishnah or Kitzur. It matters not the text so much as the approach to seeking the Mussar Heskel behind the text.
That doesn't necessarily obviate the need or desirability of engaging in a Mussar text. It just means that useful Mussar is independent of the classic Mussar texts and may be derived from many and various Torah Texts.