Mankind has always struggled with the question, "what makes us tick?" This
effort endures over thousands of years. The field of psychology is only
one of the recent attempts to grasp the workings of the human mind. The
Jewish approach to the issue begins with the teaching that G-d created the
entire universe and, as such, G-d understands us best. He can be
considered the "ultimate psychologist". Judaism also teaches that G-d
provided us with an "instruction manual" - the blueprint that He used to
create the world, including, primarilly, the human psyche. This blueprint
is the Torah.
From a Torah-perspective, a human being is comprised of tremendous depth
and complexity. We are affected by psychological, spiritual, social and
physical factors. The subtle nuances can be lost on the casual observer of
human nature. The Rabbis spent centuries unearthing Torah insights into
our essential nature and into how we are motivated to learn new responses.
The moderator of this group, a rabbi and therapist, attempts to uncover
some of these insights and to offer them to the readers for analysis and
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