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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 ...

February 21, 2012 12:21 pm

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

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...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


European Powers Propose New Iran Sanctions to Meet Trump Ultimatum

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...