Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman

Print Friendly

Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and an adjunct professor at YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.  He graduated Yeshiva University with a BA in psychology, an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli and Rabbinic Ordination from RIETS, before attending St. John’s University for his doctorate in psychology. Rabbi Dr. Schiffman has been on the rabbinic staff of Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY for close to a decade.  He maintains a private practice where he utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help clients manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors to be more aligned with their life goals.  His weekly dvar Torah, which combines ideas from the Parsha with concepts from the field of Psychology, is published  in the Jewish Press and on his website www.PsychedForTorah.com.

Sample Titles


Is it All in your Mind? Head vs. Heart in Jewish Thought

Demons or Drives? Different Models of the Yetzer Hara

Sinai vs. Oker Harim: Different Approaches to Intelligence in Chazal

IQ, Grit and Talmud Torah

The Upside of Your Dark Side: Encouraging Bad Middot

The Power of Negative Emotions

The Different Paths to Happiness

Born to Be Wild? Different Perspectives on Human Nature

Resilience in the Face of Failure

Humility: An Essential & Dangerous Trait

Motivation for Mitzvot: Does it Really Matter?

Women in Tanach and Their Significance for Boys’ Education

The Challenge of Technology: Torah and Psychological Perspectives

Who’s in Charge of My Emotions? Hashkafic Ramifications of the Chiyuv Boshet

Chazal’s Approach to Humor: A Precursor to Modern Psychological Thought

Empathy: Essential & Dangerous

The Psychology of Chesed

Dreams: Meaningful or Meaningless?

Emotional Intelligence in Jewish Law and Thought

As a Man Thinketh: The Role of Thought in Religion and Mental Health

Priming for G-d: The Importance of God Consciousness

Shleimut and the Pursuit of Perfection

The Disconnect between Moral Thought and Behavior and How to Fix it

The Benefits, Challenges, and Detriments of Forgiveness: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives

Grateful Living: Torah and Psychological Approaches

Hergel: The Power of Habit

The Stages of Change and their Importance for the Yamim Noraim


A Skeptics Guide to Shalom Bayis

Sleep Hygiene: The Key to Religious and Psychological Health

Educating our Children and Ourselves about Alcohol Use

Anger Management: Religious & Therapeutic Approaches

Stress and Anxiety Management

Conquering Procrastination and Boosting Productivity

Healthy Eating: From the Rambam to Judith Beck

Fostering a Healthy Relationship with Money

Battling Low Self-Esteem: A Radical Approach

From Apples to Marshmallows: Self-Control Failures and How to Fix Them

The Biggest Challenge in Parenting

Cognitive Behavioral Teshuva

The Rambam’s Therapeutic Guide to Assertiveness Training