Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

The Arvut network was founded in order to lead a vital healing process throughout society. We are determined to bring about a positive shift in the current social paradigms, as a necessary condition for the creation of a more equal and sustainable world.

Love Thy Neighbor

We are all part of a single human family bonded together by a unity strong enough to raise us above contradicting selfish interests. In order to restore the unity that has always characterized the Jewish people, we must embrace the principle of mutual guarantee and re-incorporate it into every aspect of our lives.

Within the term "mutual guarantee" lies the awareness and understanding that my personal well-being and the well-being of my surroundings are one and the same. Together we share the same destiny, for better and for worse.

Our guiding principles are the rules of the workshop that we present wherever we go. These simple guidelines enable us to create situations where the wisdom of the crowd guides us in everything we do.


No one is more or less important; all are equal and very important.

Only add to the group.

To help focus on the topic and create a unifying atmosphere, we do not enter into dialogue, pose questions to each other or compliment or negate anyone. Each participant should speak without turning personally to anyone, but rather by speaking directly to the center of the group.

Everyone takes an active part.

By sharing their viewpoint, and connecting it to the viewpoints of others, each participant begins to better understand others and also him or herself. If any one person does not contribute to the discussion, they fail to add an important ingredient to the common platter. In addition to sharing our viewpoints, we also listen attentively to all others without interrupting. And when it comes to listening, we try to not just hear the others but to feel what they are saying. Each and everyone does this in relation to all participants.

No arguing or judging.

We avoid reacting to the opinions of others but rather accept all opinions. ... no matter how absurd they may seem. There are no right or wrong opinions; they all have the right to exist and be considered.

Rise above negative sensations.

It is natural to experience feelings of irritation, dislike, a lack of understanding or disagreement when engaging with others. If we experience such feelings we try to overcome them by looking at the question from the perspective of others. Trying to come out of ourselves and making concessions to each other is very helpful in reaching this goal. If we are successful in our attempts, we will realize that it is precisely such moments that offer the greatest opportunities for mutual advancement and growth.

Avoid slogans and clichés, just be honest.

It is important to say only that which a person really feels or thinks, without relying on others’ opinions or what we may be expected to say.

Make decisions together.

Good decisions come from mutual understanding and connection. This is something that happens toward the end of the discussion (or series of discussions), when the personal opinions of all unite into a collective opinion. Only collective decisions have a true and lasting impact.

Strive to create a feeling of participation, care, and warmth.

When speaking or listening, each person is first of all aiming toward attaining a feeling of participation, care and warmth. This is the ultimate goal. The priority is not to reach a specific solution, but to reach connection. Only through connection can we hope to achieve the best outcomes and decisions.