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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
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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
1

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

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Give Hamentashen to White House Reporters for Purim

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner gave hamentashen to White House reporters on Wednesday for...

Israel’s Other Founding Fathers and a Vanquished World

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019). “Time...

Supermodel Karlie Kloss Confirms She Converted to Judaism Before Marrying Joshua Kushner

Supermodel Karlie Kloss confirmed for the first time publicly that she...

Features

Albert Einstein’s Brilliance, Humor, and Literal Connection to Israel

JNS.org - One thing is for sure: While the writing on the pages...

Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev

JNS.org - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

World

17 UC Berkeley Professors Warn ‘Discriminatory’ BDS Campaign Po...

Seventeen faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, warned on Tuesday against the threat posed by the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment,...

Israel

Israel Says UN Gaza War Crimes Report Biased Against It

Israel said on Thursday a UN report critical of its use of lethal force during Palestinian protests on the Gaza border was biased and should have included a demand that the...

Middle East

Iran Will Boost Defense Capabilities Despite US Pressure, Khamenei Says

Iran is determined to boost its defense capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile program, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. "We...

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