Zelig Pliskin

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Zelig Pliskin is an Orthodox rabbi, writer, lecturer, and author of 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.

The focus of Pliskin's teachings is helping people improve themselves and find happiness. He maintains that there are four basic aspects that make up who we are and who we are becoming:

Most important, Pliskin believes, is that we maintain a positive state of mind, allowing us "to be productive and reach our full potential, achieve our goals and bring out the best in others."


Pliskin was born in 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland. As a young boy he attended Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and later studied at the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, Ohio. After his marriage to Raizel they moved to Israel and he studied for five years at a Brisk yeshiva.[1] He received his degree in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York.

Pliskin's father had been a student of the Chofetz Chaim at the Raduń Yeshiva in Poland and had written a biography of him. In 1974, after writing an article for The Jewish Observer about the life of the Chofetz Chaim, "The Profile of an Oheiv Yisroel," Zelig Pliskin was asked to write a book explaining the Chofetz Chaim's teachings. The result was his first book Guard Your Tongue.

Several years following Pliskin's move to Israel, the outreach organization Aish HaTorah asked him to speak on human emotions and relationships. Pliskin now provides marriage counseling and works with individuals to encourage their personal growth and improvement. He remains closely affiliated with Aish HaTorah, and lectures both in Israel and in the United States.

Pliskin lives in Jerusalem with his family.


  1. ^ "Meet Rabbi Zelig Pliskin". Artscroll. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 

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