About the Author


Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman

Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman is an assistant professor at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, the assistant rabbi at Kingsway Jewish Center, and a licensed psychologist practicing in Brooklyn.


Searching for Meaning

Viktor Frankl was a famous Jewish psychiatrist and a Holocaust survivor. In his 1946 book,...

Mistaken Anger

On the Eight Day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, a celebration is in order as...

The Fresh Start Effect

New Year’s is a time for a new you. When we change the calendar from one year to the next it...

Mistakes Were Made

In their book Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me), Drs. Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson explain the...

The Dangers of Rigidity

At the risk of sounding too rigid, a strong argument can be made that inflexibility is at the core...

Moments Ripe for Anger

Before Moses provides his long delineation of the details of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, he...

Appreciating Beauty

How often do you feel awe, admiration, and elevation while witnessing beauty and...

Knowing Nothing

"The only thing I know, is that I know nothing.” This idea, known as the Socratic...

The Dangers of Groupthink

Pearl Harbor, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Vietnam War, the Watergate Scandal, NASA’s...

Emotional Responsibility

How can the Torah command us to feel or not feel certain emotions? Many of us are under the...

Feed Your Brain

We are generally aware that what we eat impacts our overall health and eating unhealthily can put...

Fake It Until You Become It

Sometimes a task seems too difficult, daunting, or incongruent with our personality that we elect...

Deep Breaths

One of the first and most central interventions to help manage difficult emotions is deep...

Moses: Upstander Instead of Bystander

In 1964, Kitty Genovese was stabbed and killed in Kew Gardens, Queens. The New York Times reported...

Yosef and Dealing with Trauma

There is no one “right” way to respond to a traumatic event and most people deal with...

Positive and Negative Glasses

How do we evaluate the past? How do we spend our time in the present? How often do we think about...

Immune to the Evil Eye

How much do you care about what other people think of you?

Influence Techniques

When Yosef’s brothers decide they are going to kill him and throw him into a pit, Reuven...

Who's In Control?

Do you believe that the happenings of your life are determined by external factors or by your own...

Believing in Our Abilities

One of the best predictors of whether I will attain a goal or not is if I believe that my actions...

The Space to Grow

Murray Bowen was one of the pioneers of the field of family therapy. He noted that families have a...

Smart Kindness

What does it take to be a person who embodies chesed, kindness? We tend to associate kindness with...

Healed by Kindness

When experiencing intense or chronic pain a common and logical response is to decrease activity...

Spiritual Gratitude

If my friend is gracious enough to give me a twenty-dollar bill as a present, my gratitude would...

Living Mercifully

While perhaps our motivation for being giving people should be because it is a religious...

Healthy and Unhealthy Negative Emotions

How to ensure negative emotions lead to improvement, not despondency.

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