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avatar Yosef Y. Jacobson
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
1

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
2

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
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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
1

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
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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
1

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
1

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...

May 20, 2011 7:20 pm
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President Obama and the 1967 Borders – What Israel Should Do Now

President Obama presented yesterday his blueprint for Mideast peace: Israel must withdraw to its pre-1967 borders. A Palestinian State needs to be created, viable and...

April 12, 2011 11:54 am
2

Divided Matzah, Divided People: The Secret of the Afikoman

Afikoman For children, it is the highlight of the seder. Over the years they discovered that because the seder could not be concluded until this...

Culture

New Musical in New York Recalls Masada

In the 1500s, the Spaniards invaded Puerto Rico, enslaving and slaughtering the native Taíno people -- some of whom chose to escape...

Radiohead Rocks Tel Aviv With Longest Performance in 11 Years, Defying BDS

JNS.org - Some 50,000 Israelis flocked to Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Wednesday night...

Features

Canadian Islamist Groups Lose Charity Status Over Potential Militant Financing

Canadian authorities have stripped two former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America's Canada...

A Tale of Two Palestinian Worlds

JNS.org - For slightly more than a decade, the two main areas slated for a future Palestinian state -- the disputed territories in...

World

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Named New White House Press Secretary

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday was named the new White House press secretary, replacing Sean Spicer. Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci made the announcement to reporters in the James...

Israel

Anti-Israel Protests Held in Turkey, Jordan Over Temple Mount Security Meas...

Demonstrations in support of Palestinian worshipers in support of their struggle against the new Temple Mount security measures were held...

Middle East

Erdogan Allies Attack Istanbul Synagogue, Warn of Further Violence Over Tem...

Activists from a Turkish fascist youth movement whose leader enjoys close relations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the...

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