Elevate those around you!

Count Elevate the Jews

In this week’s Torah portion (Ki Tisa) Moshe is commanded “Ki tisa et rosh bnei yisrael… (when you count the Jewish people..)”. Generally, words such as timna or tifkod are used to denote counting and the word tisa is more commonly translated as elevate. The Talmud (Bava Basra 10b) explains the word tisa was specifically chosen because the counting elevated the Jewish pride.

Out of sight out of mind

There is a tendency for us to pay less attention to people who are more shy, older, or different from ourselves. Often when people are suffering from depression or anxiety their illness leads them to neglect social relationships, worsening their sickness and creating a perpetual negative cycle.

You can literally save lives by counting

The research is clear. The more social contacts a person has the greater their happiness and self esteem. In cultures where people value elders and frequently seek advice from them, people live longer. By reaching out to someone and making them feel important enough to be counted amongst your contacts, you can literally elevate their pride and save a life.

Ariel Mintz, MD

Founder and President at Refuat Hanefesh
Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivim, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine. He is currently a licensed physician working to complete his training in General Psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. After that, he hopes to subspecialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has a supportive and talented wife and two wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness in the Jewish community and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at [email protected].

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