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In yesterdays message, we distinguished between a healthy and a pathological drive for approval, in that the latter is when one is totally dependent on constant affirmation of others in order to have a sense of self-esteem. The essential difference as described there may be misunderstood to be quantitative rather than qualitative; i.e. that the psychologically healthy person needs external affirmation once or twice a day, whereas the psychologically unhealthy person requires it fifty times a day. This view is not correct and requires further clarification.

9) The Torahs ideas have civilized the world. The Jewish peoples history and destiny is to serve as a light unto the nations.

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It is healthy to enjoy approval from others, but they should not be expected to create our identity.

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A man whom I saw on psychiatric consultation had been active in a leadership role in many community projects. I have a wall full of plaques given to me as tributes, he said. They dont mean a thing to me. The feeling of self-worth that he enjoyed when he was publicly recognized for his leadership lasted only for the few moments of the ceremony.

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2) Aish HaTorah defines success as inspiring a commitment to grow Jewishly.

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A psychologically healthy person desires the approval of others because he wishes them to perceive his value. The psychologically unhealthy person expects others to create his value. It is not that he has a sense of self-worth and because of his insecurity needs to be reminded more often, but rather that he does not have a sense of self-worth until someone gives it to him. He is much like a light bulb which lights up only if the electric current flows. As soon as the current ceases, the room is in darkness again. Likewise, individuals who lack self-esteem may have a momentary feeling of self-worth, but it lasts only as long as the approval continues.

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Despite the distance, it has forged an unbreakable bond for generations.

4) Every human being is created In the image of God, and therefore has infinite potential.

Aish HaTorah is guided by these core principles and values:

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1) Judaism is not all or nothing; it is a journey where every step counts, to be pursued according to ones own pace and interest.

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In 1834, Druze rioters attacked and killed Jews in the northern Israeli town of Tzfat and in other communities throughout Israel. Only three years later, Tzfat was practically wiped out by an earthquake. After the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, many prominent scholars settled in Tzfat, and the standardCode of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch)was written there. Tzfat also became the center of Jewish mysticism, bolstered by the presence of the great Arizal. Tzfat is one of the four holy cities in Israel, and today remains a popular center of Jewish learning and mysticism.

What we share as individuals and as a nation is so much more than what we dont.

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Ive been reading for years. But the other day someone asked me to describe the principles behind Aish. I must confess that I didnt know. So whats the answer?

The power of Torah is the influence of the giants of our past to shape the dreams and the aspirations of our future.

The power of Torah is the influence of the giants of our past to shape the dreams and the aspirations of our future.

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7) Our beliefs need to be built upon a rational foundation, not a leap of faith.

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10) The Jewish people are bound together. Our power lies within our unity. Unified, no goal is beyond our reach; splintered, almost no goal is attainable.

This is nothing more and nothing less than recognition of reality. It is also the rightthing to do….More

8) Each Jew is responsible one for another, and each is empowered to face the spiritual and physical challenges facing the Jewish people.

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6) Torah is wisdom for living, teaching us how to maximize our potential and pleasure in life.

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What we share as individuals and as a nation is so much more than what we dont.

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Its not enough for Jews to consider themselves the Chosen people; we also need to be the choosing people.

See, I … [in see me] Moses alerted them to see him and emulate him(Or HaChayim, Deuteronomy 11:26).

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I would like to offer one example of how we are working to achieve our goal. The Discovery Seminar has to date been seen by 100,000 people on five continents on college campuses, Reform synagogues, and JCCs. Follow-up surveys indicate that of Discovery attendees who previously would have considered intermarriage, 90% now say they will only date Jews. The implications of such numbers are exciting and give us hope for a Jewish renaissance.

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Aish HaTorah stands for Jewish education for all Jews everywhere. Our goal is to re-ignite Jewish pride by teaching Jews about their heritage and its contribution to humanity. We were founded to combat assimilation, alienation and indifference among Jews.

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The Aish mission is to create a renaissance within the Jewish people, by tying every Jew to a pride in his heritage, to a confidence in our future, and to an appreciation of how precious his involvement with the Jewish people can be for himself, his children, grandchildren, and all humanity.

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3) Every Jew is worthy of profound respect, no matter their level of observance, knowledge or affiliation. We never know who is a better Jew.

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5) Mitzvot (commandments) are not rituals, but opportunities for personal growth, to be studied and understood.

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