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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
4

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
8

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
5

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

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Actor David Schwimmer Bond Over Having Critical Jewish Mothers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and actor David Schwimmer bonded on Friday over their shared...

Features

Knesset Caucus Celebrates ‘Faith-Based Diplomacy’ to Honor Christian Allies

JNS.org - Members of the Knesset celebrated the role of “faith-based diplomacy” in President...

Ebay: Israelis Are World’s Second-Largest Online Shoppers

JNS.org - Israel was the world’s second-largest online commerce consumer per capita in 2017 -- second only to China -- according to e-commerce giant eBay. Israelis bought products...

World

British Labour Activist Who Called Jews ‘Zios’ Expelled From Party, Jew...

Jewish groups in Britain are hailing the Labour Party’s expulsion of a virulent anti-Israel activist, but warned that further steps...

Israel

Israeli Political Leader Lapid on Polish Holocaust Law: ‘On the Verge...

Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid continued his war of words with the Polish government on Monday, comparing a new Polish...

Middle East

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Threatens Israeli Gas and Oil Rigs: We Are Capable ...

JNS.org - Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Feb. 16 that “if the Lebanese Higher Defense Council makes an...

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