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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...

Features

New York Times Amends Palestinian Terrorist Barghouti’s Op-Ed Amid Outcry

JNS.org - A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York...

World

US Justice Department Charges Teen Over JCC Bomb Threats

JNS.org - The US Justice Department filed criminal charges Friday against an Israeli-American teenager who is accused of making more than 150 bomb threats against Jewish institutions in early 2017, stoking...

Israel

Palestinian Teen Arrested After Stabbing, Wounding 4 in Tel Aviv Attack

Israeli police say an 18-year-old Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded four people in Tel Aviv before being arrested. It remains unclear whether Sunday's attack was politically motivated.

Middle East

Israeli Army Strikes Syria After Three Mortars Hit Golan Heights

The IDF announced on Friday evening that it had attacked the sources of three mortars fired into the northern Golan Heights earlier that day. Friday afternoon, a mortar shell exploded in...

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