There is much written about the one of the ineffable emotions called happiness.
Even a writer unknown to most of the population at large but familiar to many
In the Orthodox Community , Rabbi Zelig Pliskin ,attempts to press a position
Rabbi Leib Tropper,shlita does not suggest to invite himself into the Happiness
Topic. When I asked Rabbi Leib Tropper for an explanation he responded that
Happiness is דברים שבלב as it says in תהילים Which is recited in Davening
Every shabbos ישמח לב מבקשי ה׳. Happiness is a cardiac rooted feeling . It does
Not need an expression. Undoubtedly , Maran Harav Y.D. Halevi Soloveitchik, zt’l
Was a very happy man. Perhaps not fitting the juvenile profile described by Rabbi
Zelig Pliskin,shlita. A member of the Family of Maran Harav Soloveitchik,zt’l
Made it quite clear to me that the Rav’s position regarding happiness is that it
Does not require an external expression. A stoic can enjoy happiness of and in life.
Rabbi Pliskin , shlita quotes pieces of Alfred Adler. I can suggest that Rabbi Pliskin
Read Paul Johnson’s book ‘intellectuals’ where he has less than flattering biographical sketch of Adler’s unhealthy life.
Bertrand Russell ,a British philosopher and Victor Frankl who was a philosopher and a practicing psychologist disagrees with Rabbi Pliskin. They both maintain that the
Pursuit of happiness is the only impediment to happiness. Rabbi Leib Tropper
Uses the description ‘the taking of one’s happiness temperature ‘ is the nemesis for
Growing the experience of happiness
My assertion is that Rabbi Pliskin’s position on happiness is empty of any emotional
Depth and is inaccurate from a Torah perspective and a Secular perspective.