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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
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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
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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
1

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
1

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
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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
1

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
1

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
1

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...

February 21, 2012 12:21 pm
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The Secret Life of Hasidic Sexuality

Though I am not entirely sure why, people seem just plain fascinated by the (supposedly) cloistered communities of black clad Jews who briskly...

January 13, 2012 12:28 pm
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The Scientific Foreknowledge of the Jewish Sages

There is something tantalizing in the notion that contrary to popular belief, ancient people may have been in possession of a far greater level of...

Culture

The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron (REVIEW)

The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, By Colin Shindler, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015, 411 pp. Finally, the student of...

‘Jewish Oscars’ Raises Over $500,000 for Special IDF Brigade

A glamorous New York City event hosted by a non-profit organization on Saturday...

Features

Captain of Communication: IDF Vet Turned Entrepreneur Optimizes Email Usage

JNS.org -- As a former Israel Defense Forces elite special forces captain, Haim Senior...

Chabad Emissaries Coming to Small Jewish Community of South Dakota

JNS.org -- A state boasting just 400 Jews is about to receive its first full-time...

Israeli Pre-Military Academy ‘Breaks You and Builds You Anew’

JNS.org - “Put your hands behind your back and get on your knees,” 19-year-old Noam Ohayon told me. I complied. “Now fall forward...

World

Son of ‘Sopranos’ Co-Star Arrested for Vandalizing SUNY Dorm Wi...

The son of actor Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's mega-hit series “The Sopranos," was arrested on Wednesday...

Israel

Israeli Defense Minister: International ‘War of Legal Attrition’...

A “war of legal attrition” is currently being waged against Israel by foreign entities, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the...

Middle East

Expert: Possibility of Hezbollah Obtaining Chemical, Biological Weapons Fro...

The possibility that Hezbollah is being equipped with chemical and biological weapons cannot be ruled out in principle, an expert...

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