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Rabbi YY Jacobson, one of the most sought-after Jewish speakers in the world today, has lectured to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on six continents and in thirty states. Funny, brilliant, charming, and an exceptional orator, he has touched thousands with his deep, intuitive grasp of the human condition and his remarkable ability to bring down the ancient Jewish wisdom of the mystical texts and inspire his listeners with its relevance to their daily lives. He is the author of the acclaimed tape series, "A Tale of Two Souls" and "Captain, My Captain," and teaches Kabbalah, Chassidic spirituality and Talmud at the Rabbinical College Chovevay Torah in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobson's weekly internet essays on Judaism, mysticism and psychology are read by tens of thousands worldwide.

ARTICLES BY: Yosef Y. Jacobson

November 18, 2012 4:53 am

Israel’s Greatest Mistake, Repeated Six Times, Will It Act Differently This Time?

Israel is, thank G-d, a strong country, with an exceptional military that combines courage, skills and profound moral standards. Israel will fight back in the...

September 30, 2012 4:51 am

When the United Nations Unites One Nation

Jews and decent people the world over swelled in appreciation when Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke some words of truth in a house of...

September 21, 2012 12:54 pm

Who Has the Right to Re-Package Judaism?

Synagogue Bulletin Blunders These announcements, with interesting typos and phrasing blunders, were reportedly found in various synagogue newsletters and bulletins around the country: 1. Don't let...

July 26, 2012 3:22 pm

Why Are We Afraid to Speak the Real Truth About Israel?

On a Hike Four Europeans go hiking together, and get frightfully lost. First they run out of food, and then they run...

April 12, 2012 2:05 pm

The Seder of the Recovering Alcoholic

Fifteen years ago, I observed a Passover in Japan. It was a few weeks before Passover 1997. Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky of Chabad World Headquarters...

December 25, 2011 6:14 pm

A Titanic Victory and a Small Cruse of Oil

David Brooks, in an engaging but superficial article on Hanukah in the New York Times (The Hanukah Story, NY Times, December 10, 2009), sheds light...

December 11, 2011 12:09 pm

Vayishlach – Success Is No Substitute for Familial Harmony

Whole "Jacob arrived whole to the city of Shechem," the Torah states in this week's portion, Vayishlach. What a gift it is—to be whole, complete. To feel...

December 5, 2011 7:20 pm

Vayeitzei – The Battle of the Stones

The Quarrel The rabbis in the Talmud focus on an apparent grammatical inconsistency in the portion of Vayeitzei. When Jacob journeys from Beer Sheba to Haran,...

November 25, 2011 10:47 am

The Sandy Path to Inspiration

Free Plowing Back in the '40s, a Jewish guy was arrested for smuggling guns into Israel, then known as Palestine. He was taken into one of...

November 4, 2011 3:41 pm

Abraham Vs. Gaddafi

The Genesis of a Faith The unfolding dramatic events in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and other countries in the Middle East and Africa, as well...

June 24, 2011 3:06 pm

Korach: Korach and John Lennon

Wise or Boorish? This week's portion, Korach, relates the tragic story of the mutiny staged by a man named Korach (Numbers chapter 16), who...

June 19, 2011 3:31 am

Revisiting Zionism – Can Israel Survive Without a Soul?

Defiance The spies Moses sent to survey the land had done their job well. They convinced the entire nation that the advance to the Land of...


10 Things That Happen During the Holidays — Only in Israel

1. Everyone wishes you a happy new year, easy fast and happy holiday -- just as they do for Christmas in...

Israel Advocate Wants to Change Views About Jewish State, One Tattoo at a Time

“Low-brow” art forms can be a powerful advocacy tool, the head of a...


Police Called to London University After Protesters Trap Attendees of Israe...

Police were called to University College London (UCL) on Thursday evening after anti-Israel protesters stormed an event organized by local pro-Israel advocacy...

Middle East

Arab States Pressuring PA President Abbas to Resolve Internal Palestinian D...

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states are piling pressure on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resolve divisions in his Fatah party...