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Simon Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold over 300,000 copies to date and has been translated into eight languages. Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, and is a sought-after scholar and lecturer on Jewish thought and its contemporary application, speaking to diverse audiences worldwide.

ARTICLES BY: Simon Jacobson


July 3, 2016 3:30 pm
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A Few Personal Parting Words to My Friend and Colleague, Elie Wiesel

We would meet every few months in his book-lined office on Madison Avenue. Despite his being almost twice my age, he would always greet me...

October 27, 2015 7:53 am
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Muslim-Arab Rage Against Israel Is Rooted in Religion, Not Politics

The latest media circus around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu's words about the role of Hitler and the Mufti in the Final Solution captures the...

March 10, 2015 10:13 am
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How Czech President Zeman Told the Entire Story of History With One Word

One surprising and exhilarating expression uttered last week by a President of a small European country defines a watershed moment in history. On Monday Czech President...

January 23, 2015 3:15 pm
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The Anatomy of Fear

"And G-d said to Moses: 'Come to Pharaoh...'"  - Exodus 10:1 "Said Rabbi Shimeon: Now it is time to reveal secrets that are bound above and...

January 9, 2015 2:22 pm
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Satirists and Terrorists

They say that there is a thin line between tragedy and comedy, but no one was prepared for the tragic slaughter of a team of...

November 7, 2014 11:22 am
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A New World Order? The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary

New attacks in Jerusalem. Nuclear Iran. Middle East ablaze. Volatility the new constant. Europe transitioning into a Muslim continent. America's future: unknown. China rising. The...

October 31, 2014 1:01 pm
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Will the True Agitator Rise?

I am not the type that gets quickly (or even slowly) agitated. But an article in yesterday's New York Times agitated me to no end. The...

October 24, 2014 2:16 pm
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Noah: An Ode to the Amateur

Whom do you trust more: A new mom or an expert psychiatrist? The exuberance of a young child or the sobriety of a war-torn adult?...

October 3, 2014 2:24 pm
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Yom Kippur: How Deep is Your Soul?

You at Your Best On Yom Kippur your core soul -- your very essence -- is laid bare. -- Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi On the...

September 19, 2014 9:39 am
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A Trembling World Waiting to Be Reborn

As the sun sets before Rosh Hashana, the universe goes into a comatose state. A slumber descends on all existence, everything comes to a...

September 12, 2014 10:12 am
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9/11: 13 Years Later, What Will It Take for Us to Grow Up?

Va'yigdelu Ha'neorim -- the boys grew up -- Genesis (Toldot) 25:27 Thirteen years is a milestone. At that bar-mitzvah age one attains a level of maturity...

September 5, 2014 8:30 am
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Innocence and Blood

Just as the terrible news arrived about the ISIS beheading of another American journalist -- this time one of the "tribe," a Jew by the...

August 29, 2014 10:37 am
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An Open Letter to the Muslim World: What Would Your Grandfather Say?

Dear cousin, As relatives that go back thousands of years to our shared grandfather Abraham, let me get straight to the point. You are all believers...

August 24, 2014 1:52 am
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A Miracle in Our Times?

As I am landing in New York on my return flight from Israel - sadly, I should add; I really would have liked to remain...

Culture

A ‘Wonder Woman’ Purim as Israel Gets Ready to Party

JNS.org - Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed...

Israeli Basketball Player Omri Casspi Educates NBA Teammate About Keeping Kosher

Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi taught one of his teammates about the dietary laws...

Features

Jewish Groups Call for Gun Control After Florida Shooting

JNS.org - Major American Jewish organizations are calling for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the February 14 mass school...

Iran Tests Aggressive Strategy Against Israel

JNS.org - On February 10, Iran launched a drone into Israeli airspace, shocking Israel -- and sending the Jewish state into...

How the IDF Is Preparing for a Multi-Front War

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) plan designed to prepare it for the challenge of multiple-front warfare is now entering its third...

World

Jewish NGO Simon Wiesenthal Center Considers Travel Advisory for Poland

Jewish human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Wednesday it was considering issuing a travel advisory for Jews urging them to limit their visits to Poland after the country's...

Israel

HaBayit HaYehudi Leader: I May Leave Coalition if Netanyahu Is Indicted

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the HaBayit HaYehudi, hinted on Thursday that he might take his party out of the governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Middle East

Lebanese Journalist: 100 Years After Balfour Declaration, Arabs Have Failed...

JNS.org - In a Nov. 25, 2017 article marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, published in the London-based daily...

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