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Rabbi Haim Lifshitz

Founder and Director of Sadnat Enosh

Rav Ze'ev Haim Lifshitz is founder of the Sadnat Enosh Institute and the Sadnat Enosh methodology. Born in Israel, trained in the Lithuanian Yeshiva analytical school of thought, Rav Lifshitz is a scion of the scholarly dynasties of the Lithuanian Torah world. Rav Lifshitz represents authentic Judaism the true spirit of Torah as it was taught by the great sages of the Lithuanian and Chassidic schools.

His gifted father a close student of the Chofetz Chaim and one of the great scholars of the Lomzhe and Chevron yeshivas taught him his first Torah. As a growing child, he was privileged to shelter in the shade of the Chazon Ish, and to drink of his wisdom. He served as "right hand" to Rav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg zatsal, author of the Responsa series, Sridei Eish, participating closely in the writing and editing of these responsa. For many years, he was a talmid muvhak of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatsal, and for decades, maintained close and personal contact with his illustrious cousins Rav Moshe Feinstein zatsal, author of Igros Moshe, and Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zatsal.

Sadnat Enosh is an independent institution. It is not affiliated with any organizational frameworks or educational institutions. The orientation at Sadnat Enosh is toward structuralism: Aspiring to achieve balance between opposing vectors. This orientation reflects the influence of pioneering developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, Rav Lifshitz's teacher at the University of Geneva for six years.

The principle of structuralism, finding the balance between opposing vectors, is dominant in Judaism, and reflects the Jewish view of man and universe. There is one significant difference, however: While Piaget follows Western perception, and seeks the balance between the two sides, Judaism proposes a three-dimensional structure. Height, as the third dimension, is the dominant factor: The dimension of height determines direction, organizational pattern and goal. Organization is counted as being of greater importance than balance in the Jewish perception; organization is a guiding line in Jewish psychology. Not sufficing with these theoretical formulations, Rav Lifshitz has gathered them into a comprehensive methodology, to develop a unique system of diagnostic and counseling techniques.

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