Set them for success!

In this week’s Torah portion (Mishpatim), Moshe is commanded: “And these are the laws you should place before them”. The Talmud (Eiruvin 54b) derives from the words “place before them” that the commandments and their details should be laid out like a set table with everything ready to be eaten.

We all learn differently

When teaching a concept, it is easy to get frustrated when our children, students or colleagues don’t understand it. It is helpful to remember people learn in different ways. Some comprehend best by hearing, others by speaking, reading, seeing, feeling, or even tasting. Research also tells us people are more likely to remember something associated with a strong emotion. If a lesson could be made fun or given over with a tremendous sense of awe it is more likely to stick.


If no one understands you, learn a new language

Everyone is unique and has their own way of attaining knowledge. Next time you try to explain something to someone and they don’t immediately grasp it, remember Hashem’s lesson. Lay it out like a set table with the ability to explore the idea in whatever way works best for that individual.

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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