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Rabbi Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of the Aish Center in Manhattan. He was born and raised in New York and has lived in Boston and Jerusalem, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He completed his B.A. in music from Brandeis University and has a Masters of Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post's religion section and has a penchant for writing and teaching about the uplifting, beautiful and unexpected aspects of the Jewish tradition. He is the author of a unique book called "128 Reflections: Judaism's Essential Wisdom on Personal Growth," and his lectures can be heard on Itunes. Rabbi Jacobs now lives in "the burbs" with his wife Penina and their five children.

ARTICLES BY: Adam Jacobs

May 13, 2014 2:36 pm

The Spiritual Origins of Jew-Hatred

Without bothering to recount the thousands of years worth of oppression the Jewish People have endured and the endless stream of explanations (and justifications) for...

March 7, 2014 12:25 am

The Path to Spiritual Self Improvement

The Talmud makes the seemingly outlandish claim that Israel generated 1.2 million prophets over the roughly 900-year period that the two Temples stood. At that...

November 12, 2013 3:23 pm

Why Everything That Happens in Life is Good

There once was a poor villager who scrimped and saved until he could afford a good and reliable horse to help him with his farming....

June 12, 2013 10:32 am

Making Friends With My Grey Hair

My big sister's hair went grey in her 30s My little brother Eddie also went grey early I was lucky that didn't happen to me My hair was...

April 9, 2013 9:37 am

Judaism and Revelation

We've all heard the sensible saying that history is written by the victors, but on second reflection it should seem clear that it's not...

December 27, 2012 8:46 pm

The 7 Things Everyone Wants

I recently came across a fascinating (to me) quote by Lady Gaga: "I want women -- and men -- to feel empowered by a deeper...

October 11, 2012 2:03 am

Natural Theology’s Revenge

"A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is...

July 29, 2012 1:08 pm

The Secret of Suffering in Judaism

The day my eldest child turned 16 months he began to vomit. It wasn't just your average little kid spit-up either. Rather, it was a...

July 20, 2012 2:43 am

Intelligent Design in Language

"I cannot doubt that language owes its origin to the imitation and modification, aided by signs and gestures, of various natural sounds, the voices of...

June 1, 2012 1:38 pm

The Moral Excellence of the State of Israel

Tal Ben Shahar's class in positive psychology was one of the most popular in the history of Harvard University. Yet despite his pedagogical...

May 10, 2012 1:18 pm

The Problem With Moral Relativity

In 1877, Felix Adler, the son of a rabbi, started the Ethical Culture Society. One of the main tenets of the society...

March 16, 2012 10:23 am

A Jewish View on Greg Smith and the Goldman Sachs Affair

I'm sure that by now everyone has heard about ex-Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith's epic resignation letter as shared with the world through ...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...

At Sukkot, Israeli Farmers Enjoy the Fruits of Their Faith - Avichai Koch says farming is in his blood. He is the son of Holocaust survivors from Europe who immigrated...


Defying Past Antisemitic Vandalism, Jewish Students at U of Montana Erect C...

Jewish students at the University of Montana (UM) refused to allow antisemitism to deter them from building a sukkah on campus, the...


Excavation Uncovers Evidence of ‘Third Wall’ of Jerusalem’... - Archaeologists have located the site of an ancient battle during which the Romans breached Jerusalem's walls, before conquering the...

Middle East

Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ Ransom for Release of U...

Iran is seeking “many billions of dollars” in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several...