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When Selfishness Is Healthy

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These parents are passionately selfish about their children’s education, and that is the reason why their families are exemplary.

It is only this selfish approach that will mold the men and women of the next generation into role models with clarity of vision and an unshakable commitment to moral values.

So the next time you hear the term “selfish” used in a derogatory way, don’t accept the negative connotation so quickly. If you’re in the midst of finding a perfect spouse, or are busy establishing a solid path of education for your children, you will surely need it. And even if you’re not, your growth and potential contribution to the world still depend on it.

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

About the Author: Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a popular educator, lecturer, and author of many essays on Judaism and social analysis.

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