by Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel Center
It is true that happiness may not be the ultimate value to be sought. For example, there are times when that which would make us happy would significantly injure or disadvantage others. Part of living a civilized, responsible life is in knowing that my right to happiness ends at the point at which my pursuit of my desires causes real harm. It is surely what we all want our children to learn, and to learn it early in life.