Positive Psychology expert and former Harvard University lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is offering an online introduction to Positive Psychology and Judaism.

Introduction to Positive Psychology and Judaism video

Introduction to Positive Psychology and Judaism is comprised of nine classes: seven films and six audio files. Each class consists of a film/audio segment, a text reading, a review section, and a multiple-choice test, all of which are available online. In addition, there are two cumulative exams: a midterm and a final.

Topics include:
1. Introduction to Positive Psychology and Judaism
Film: What is Positive Psychology? How is it different from other fields of psychology and the self-help movement? This class will open your eyes to the role of personal well-being in Judaism’s approach to daily living. Discover the centrality of pleasure in Judaism.

2. Dynamics of Personal Change & Development
Film: What is the relationship between behavior, attitude and emotion? In this class, explore what causes personal change and how behavior is affected by acting out of habit or intent. The merits of accepting rituals as established and patterns of behavior will also be evaluated.

3. Permission to be Human
Film: Do you know how to alter your human drives? How about channeling them? In this class, you will analyze active acceptance versus passive acquiescence as well as learn how to leverage in-born traits and overcome weaknesses.

4. Personal Goal Setting
Audio File: Are you a go-getter? In this class you will learn how to set and achieve your personal goals, whether big or small. Explore the process of categorizing your goals to achieve maximum results.

5. Mind Body Collection
Film: If exercising for the sake of physical health isn’t your style, you may be glad to learn that there are other benefits to exercise. This class focuses on what happens in the Western world when there is a gap between the mind and body. It explores the connections between exercise, sleep, meditation, touch and overall well-being.

6. Focusing on the Positive, New Ideas for Self Improvement
Film: We all know that a healthy breakfast is the best way to start a day, but what about a healthy attitude towards life? This class looks at the benefits of developing gratitude and identifies the obligation in Judaism to integrate joy into daily living.

7. Self Esteem
Film: How exactly is self esteem defined? Learn how to classify self esteem based on worth and competence. Experience the objective standards of self esteem in this informative and entertaining class.

8. Dealing with Challenges
Audio File: How does Judaism deal with hardship? This class will explore the tools Judaism provides to help respond to and cope with life’s challenges.

9. Interpersonal Relationships, Love & Sexuality & More
Film: What makes a relationship a happy one? This class centers on relationships, personal happiness and the connection between love and sexuality. You will learn some of the secrets and tips for building a successful relationship.

Faculty includes:
1. Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is a celebrated author and former lecturer at Harvard University where he is notorious for teaching the largest and most popular course, Positive Psychology, to over 1,400 students. Dr. Ben-Shahar consults and lectures on the subject to a variety of groups around the world, including executives of multi-national corporations. His areas of expertise include happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, and leadership.

2. Dr. Efraim Becker
Dr. Efraim Becker received his rabbinical ordination at the age of 22 and immediately began working in hospitals, teaching Jewish studies and counseling those in need. He currently serves as a clinical chaplain with the Jewish Chaplaincy Program of Milwaukee and is an educator at a prominent Yeshiva in Milwaukee. Dr. Becker received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wisconsin and specializes in counseling.

3. Rabbi Motti Berger
Rabbi Motti Berger studied at Loyola University in Maryland and received rabbinical ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore. He currently lectures about Jewish Philosophy at Aish HaTorah Rabbi Berger also travels all over the world as a senior Discovery lecturer, attracting people from all levels of Jewish observance with his thought-provoking and exciting topics.

4. Rabbi Eitan Feiner
Rabbi Eitan Feiner earned Masters Degrees from both Johns Hopkins University and Touro College as well as a degree in counseling from the Refuah Institute. He is a world-class lecturer at numerous educational institutions in Israel and America and a regular contributor to dozens of Jewish websites and magazines.

5. Rabbi Yitz Greenman
Rabbi Yitz Greenman studied Political Science and Economics at Brandeis University and Hebrew University and received his rabbinical ordination from Aish HaTorah. He currently serves as the executive director of Aish NY and Discovery North America. Rabbi Greenman lives in Passaic with his wife and their nine children. Their home is always open to students and guests.

6. Rebbetizen Tzipporah Heller
Rebbetizen Tzipporah Heller has been a full-time lecturer at Neve Yerushalayim College in Jerusalem since 1980. She specializes in textual analyses of Biblical literature and Jewish philosophy. Rebbetizen Heller lectures around the world, captivating audiences in the U.S., Canada, England, and South Africa. She is the author of numerous books including, Here You Are, Our Bodies Our Souls, and More Precious than Pearls.

7. Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin received a degree in Counseling Psychology from The State University of New York and studied at the Brisk Yeshiva in Israel. He has authored more than 20 books, including Guard Your Tongue, Love Thy Neighbor, Gateway to Happiness, and Building Your Self-Image and the Self-Image of Others. He gives insightful lectures to both Israeli and American audiences on the subjects of human emotions and relationships. Rabbi Pliskin resides in Jerusalem with his family.

8. Rabbi Moshe Zeldman
Rabbi Moshe Zeldman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He lectures on a variety of topics all around the world and is involved in researching hidden codes in the Bible. He currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and five children.

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