Who is Wise?

Between Pesach and Shavuot it is customary to learn Ethics of the Fathers. In chapter 4:1 Ben Zoma says “איזהו חכם הלומד מכּל אדם”, “Who is wise? The one who learns from every person”.

Psychological benefits

There are myriad psychological benefits attained from recognizing the talents and skills of those around you. Research has shown that being mindful of positivity in your life decreases stress, increases happiness and improves overall well being. Recognizing what other’s have to offer increases teamwork and productivity and facilitates deeper connections and a sense of appreciation for those you encounter.


A challenge

During these weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, I encourage you to keep a What I have learned from other’s journal. Each day consciously and deliberately take notice of other’s qualities or skills that you can learn from. I invite you to share these revelations in the Refuat Hanefesh support room for your own benefit as well as those who read it. Let’s use this important teaching to improve our wisdom, skills, personality and ultimately mental health.

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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