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Meaningful Life Skills with Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Skills with Rabbi Simon Jacobson

By Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Join Rabbi Simon Jacobson, an embodiment of inclusive spirituality and wisdom, as he examines life & offers a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche. Discover how to live a truly happy and meaningful life by using your divine gifts and wisdom to reach your highest potential. Listeners beware: this program may create a paradigm shift as stereotypes are dispelled, vulnerabilities spill through and universal truths emerge. Visit The Meaningful Life Center, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the New York Times at www.meaningfullife.com for more.
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7 Weeks To a Better You - Week 5: Humility
7 Weeks To a Better You - Week 5: Humility
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May 19, 2022
7 Weeks To a Better You - Week 4: Endurance
There is no person on earth who does not want to improve their lives. But how do we actually do that? We take on resolutions, make plans and embark on journeys, however they often don’t last very long. Is there a formula for true and sustainable growth? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in a new seven-part series, 7 Weeks to a Better You, and discover a 3334-year-old time-tested plan to evaluate and develop your tremendous emotional potential. In this series you will learn the seven facets of your emotional attributes that define the spectrum of your personality, you will gain a clear picture — an “x-ray” — of your inner psyche, and how to harness and enhance the forces that make you tick. In part 4, you will explore endurance — the attribute that defines fortitude and ambition and combines determination and tenacity. How strong is your endurance? When you commit to something do you always see it through? When faced with challenges do you often retreat, or do you face the obstacle head on and fight until you succeed? Ambition and drive – the drive for excellence – are human traits ingrained within each of us. We all want to succeed. We all want to accomplish our goals. Yet, once the inspiration fades or we hit a setback we may be inclined to raise the white flag and move on. Let us discuss how we can improve these characteristics within us. In life even when we are committed to great things there will be ups and downs, twists and turns along the way, and it is the level of your endurance, your tenacity, that will be the key to success in achieving the objectives you set out to do.
40:57
May 12, 2022
7 Weeks To a Better You - Week 3: Empathy
There is no person on earth who does not want to improve their lives. But how do we actually do that? We take on resolutions, make plans and embark on journeys, however they often don’t last very long. Is there a formula for true and sustainable growth? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in a new seven-part series, 7 Weeks to a Better You, and discover a 3334-year-old time-tested plan to evaluate and develop your tremendous emotional potential. In this series you will learn the seven facets of your emotional attributes that define the spectrum of your personality, you will gain a clear picture — an “x-ray” — of your inner psyche, and how to harness and enhance the forces that make you tick. In part 3, you will explore compassion and empathy — the attribute that defines harmony, beauty and truth. Are you a compassionate person? How do you express your empathy? Is it an extension of your own needs - caring out of guilt or with an ulterior motive - or is it coming from a deeper place? Compassion and empathy are critical components in life; we need to both give it and receive it. Let us explore and navigate this emotional attribute and learn to understand how we can improve our compassion to actualize our lives and to illuminate and warm the world around us.
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May 05, 2022
7 Weeks to a Better You - Week 2: Discipline
There is no person on earth who does not want to improve their lives. But how do we actually do that? We take on resolutions, make plans and embark on journeys, however they often don’t last very long. Is there a formula for true and sustainable growth? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in a new seven-part series, 7 Weeks to a Better You, and discover a 3334-year-old time-tested plan to evaluate and develop your tremendous emotional potential. In this series you will learn the seven facets of your emotional attributes that define the spectrum of your personality, you will gain a clear picture — an “x-ray” — of your inner psyche, and how to harness and enhance the forces that make you tick. In part 2, you will explore discipline, restraint — the attribute that defines discretion. What exactly is Gevurah/strength? How do we balance giving and kindness in a measured way? How do we know when to show discipline and when to hold back? Is this a defining characteristic in your personality or does this facet need to be defined and honed? Find out the secrets to properly channel restraint.
28:55
April 29, 2022
7 Weeks To a Better You - Week 1: Love
There is no person on earth who does not want to improve their lives. But how do we actually do that? We take on resolutions, make plans and embark on journeys, however they often don't last very long. Is there a formula for true and sustainable growth?  Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in a new seven-part series, 7 Weeks to a Better You, and discover a 3334-year-old time-tested plan to evaluate and develop and your tremendous emotional potential. In this series you will learn the seven facets of your emotional attributes that define the spectrum of your personality, you will gain a clear picture -- an "x-ray" -- of your inner psyche, and how to harness and enhance the forces that make you tick. In part 1, you will explore love -- what exactly is love, how to set a high standard for the love you seek to give and receive, and a step-by-step process on how to achieve those goals. Find out the seven components necessary for healthy and enduring love.
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April 21, 2022
Passover: The Exodus Strategy
Are you feeling trapped by any form of anxiety, fear, shame or insecurity? Are you dealing with trauma - past or present - that you cannot seem to escape? Are there forces that overwhelm and hinder your daily life? These may include loss or tragedy, pain, suffering and abuse or any type of violation of your dignity and spirit. If the answer to any of these questions is yes (and I cannot fathom that any of us mortal beings are not plagued at times with at least one of these difficulties) know that you are not alone! We all have our share of challenges -- the different constraints and inhibitions that impede our personal and professional lives. But also know that there is a way out! We are not bound and limited by our limitations.  We are now entering the Passover season, a holiday that celebrates the exodus from Egypt, which was far more than a physical liberation from chains and shackles. The Exodus was above all an emotional and spiritual emancipation, providing us with a formula - a time tested 3,334 year formula - to experience true exodus and transcendence from all forms of psychological captivity and distress (Mitzrayim, Egypt in Hebrew, means narrow straits, referring to all forms of hardships). Each one of us has a personal "Mitzrayim" within us, a place of enslavement and anguish, which constrains us and holds us back from true freedom -- from expressing our true selves, not the one shaped by others and by life circumstances.    Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for this special Passover program and discover a five-step strategy that will allow you to free yourself from any of your fears and obstacles, empowering you, once and for all, to spread your wings and release your great potential. Enter the holiday by tapping into its energy and gaining a new understanding of inner and outer freedom, enabling your free spirit to sing and soar above all the vicissitudes and limitations. 
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April 14, 2022
Is Freedom Free?
Freedom is our greatest gift; one that every human being is inherently born with. And yet freedom has not been agiven for most of human history. In fact, until the founding of the USA 246 years ago people world over did not live in freedom! Now that we have freedom and basic human rights are respected in most of the world do we truly appreciate it? Do we take it for granted? Are we aware of the sacrifices and prices we had -- and continuously have -- to pay to actually be free? Do we even know what freedom means? Think about it: Is freedom simply the ability to move about and not be bound by shackles, then why are so many of us enslaved to various addictions? These are critical questions because their answer will define the very way we look at our lives, our choices and our freedoms. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for an enlightening discussion on the very nature of freedom and its benefits. Discover how to truly be free -- both from forces without and within. Learn the core concepts on how to appreciate freedom while helping it grow within us, allowing us to maximize who we really truly are.
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April 06, 2022
What Are You Passionate About?
Whether you are dealing with fear, anxiety, depression, aimlessness, or any of the many issues that plague our lives, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is, what are you passionate about? What excites your soul and fuels your energy and drive? Surprisingly, by focusing on these fundamental questions and identifying your true passions, you will be able to address the root of many negative forces in your life. Concentrating on your inner desires will compel you to recognize what you are investing your energy into it and will help you shift your focus toward positivity. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for a fascinating and personal discussion on finding your passions in life. The human soul is a fire; synonymous with passion. Without passion the spirit withers. Identifying your passion will open new horizons and empowering methods to dealing with the many challenges and setbacks that life throws your way.
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April 01, 2022
Kabbalah and Addiction: A 12 Step Program
Addiction is one of the greatest plagues of our time. It impacts tens of millions of people - according to official statistics there are over 20 million addicts in the USA alone. And how many more are there who are not accounted for, due to denial and other factors? Addiction's impact on life is devastating - polluting virtually every facet of life: work, relationships, personal growth. How much of our potential remains trapped as we escape into our various addictions?   The very word addiction sends a shudder down our spines. Whether it's behavioral, psychological or physical, addiction reflects one of the saddest states of the human spirit: the loss of control over one’s own decisions. Becoming enslaved to a substance or behavior is the ultimate desecration and betrayal of human dignity.    But what is the root of addiction? What causes a person to allow themselves to become a slave to another entity - defying the very nature of human autonomy?! Aside from addressing its symptoms, is there anything we can do to uproot addiction at its core?   When we look back at the etymology of addiction, we find it has other meanings as well - and surprisingly! - they are not all negative. Addiction also means devotion, attachment and connection. Indeed, this can actually provide insight into what lies at the root and heart of addiction.   Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening program to discover a new, fascinating way of looking at addiction. Addiction is essentially a form of attachment disorder. The “soul” of an addict has a powerful searching energy - seeking, aspiring, yearning for love, connection and transcendence - but this force has become misdirected for various reasons. The problem is not the drive, but the objective of the drive. This class will lay out the 12-step Kabbalistic system and formula of how to deal with addiction in any form. Learn how to recognize the enormous power hidden in addiction; examine how to harness and direct it to literally change your life and the world around you.
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March 24, 2022
Parallels Between Purim and Putin: 5 Secrets Purim Teaches Us Today
What is driving the war in Ukraine? Who is Putin and what makes him tick? What can impact him? How will it end? What can we do? Join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in a live broadcast on the eve of Purim to discover the surprising answers in the story of Purim - 24 centuries ago!
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March 21, 2022
We Pray; But Is Anyone Listening?
Interesting stat: More than half the world prays daily. But here is the big question many of us wonder: Is anyone actually listening? Does God even care? Does praying accomplish anything? But before trying to answer these questions, we first need to rethink what exactly is prayer. Prayer is NOT about what God wants from us. Rather, prayer is about what you want from your connection to God. Prayer is not just a desperate effort of someone in crisis, or a crutch based on cultural superstitions. Nor is it merely a religious ritual. Prayer is about attachment -- attaching yourself and pouring your heart out to a Higher Reality, and drawing that power into your life. Communicating your needs, desires and requests to a higher source in your own way, be it through words, tears, pre-written prayers.. whatever talks to you. Prayer is about connecting the big picture with the small picture of your life. It is very effective. It is free, and you can do it anytime and anywhere. Join Rabbi Jacobson and discover the true essence and purpose of prayer. Once we uncover what prayer truly is, we can begin to understand how our prayers indeed do work, and someone out there actually does listen and care.
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February 24, 2022
Is Money The Source Of All Evil?
Money certainly has the power to corrupt and destroy. Just look around you -- and look back into history -- for countless examples of the ugly ways money perverts people, the extremes individuals will go to in pursuit of wealth, and how it turns people and even families against each other, often with tragic consequences. But money has also been used in the noblest ways and has built the most beautiful institutions. So which one is it? Money clearly can bring out the worst and the best in us. Is money -- and materialism in general -- the root of the problem, or is it our excessive attachment to money and material indulgences? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he challenges us to dig deeper and realize that the real question is not about the nature of money, but the nature of us humans: Are we at heart material beings or spiritual ones? To understand what money is we first need to understand who we are. Discover a new way to look at money and the material world around you -- through the lens of your soul instead of the lens of your body.
31:54
February 17, 2022
How to Criticize Without Shaming; How to Discipline Without Yelling
Do you know how to criticize and discipline in a constructive way? Do you rush to judgment? Does your critique demoralize or motivate? Does it break or build the other's spirit? Very often we insert ourselves into the challenging situation, and react reflexively and emotionally, without deliberating on what would be best to remedy the issue. When faced with circumstances that require disciplinary action, many of us go from one extreme to the next: we either choose to ignore it or we come down hard. Is there a healthier way of disciplining and educating -- be it your child, your student, your employee or anyone else you have influence over -- and even yourself? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he discusses this imperative topic and discover a third approach, which balances constructive critique and productive results. Learn how to integrate discipline with love -- growing the flowers while uprooting the weeds -- in one seamless process of nurturing a beautiful and exquisite garden.
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February 10, 2022
The Science of Kabbalah Pain and Pleasure
Do you have any idea how much impact pain and pleasure have on your life? How many decisions are made and how our behavior and relationships are shaped by our drive for pleasure and our aversion to pain? Freudian psychology -- as well as other schools of thought -- places the pain and pleasure principle at the center of the psyche and its drives. Marketing and advertising seek to trigger our primal emotions by demonstrating how a product or service will bring us pleasure or prevent pain. Recent studies thicken the plot by showing that pleasure and pain stimulate the same regions in the brain, causing much speculation on the similarities and commonalities between them, and how they affect each other. How much of our pleasure is seeking to numb our pain, and how much of our pain is a result of unfulfilled pleasure -- just to name one intriguing question. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this pioneering talk dissecting the root and "soul" of pain and pleasure. Drawing from millennia old kabbalistic wisdom, discover the secret connection between pleasure and pain, and how we can transform the deepest anguish into the greatest joy.
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February 03, 2022
Did the Feminist Movement Kill Feminism?
We can all agree that a patriarchal society -- the primary model that has prevailed throughout history -- has unjustly been used and abused to control women, subjugating them to inequalities and multiple unfortunate situations. This also explains the birth of the modern feminist movement which seeks to realign the balance, reform the wrongs, and strives to provide women with equality in the workplace, in politics and in the home. The question looms: Has the feminist movement resolved the issue? Or, as some ask, has it further enslaved women, causing them to compete with their male counterparts and forcing them to play by their existing rules. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he presents a non cosmetic, non superficial solution to the "battle of the sexes''. Identify the causes, not just the symptoms of this battle, and discover how the ultimate antidote to reclaiming our masculine and feminine identities will result in true women's liberation. Learn about these important essential truths and how to navigate the model that takes us back to the very roots of this challenge. Freeing the powerful feminine energy properly can, and will transform our entire society.  
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January 27, 2022
How to Merge Matter and Spirit
Within us we each have two primary forces -- two distinct voices -- tugging us in different directions. The drive to survive and the drive to transcend. The first is is consumed with ensuring that we get our material needs met -- food, clothing, shelter, social connections, earning money to pay for these needs. The second seeks to transcend the physical parameters of our routines and discover deeper purpose, meaning and soulfulness. This can be achieved in many different ways -- music, dance, poetry, love, romance, faith, spirituality, just to name a few. In many ways this marks the distinction between body and soul. How do we deal with the inherent dichotomy between these two extremes? Throughout the ages, two schools of thought have emerged to address this conflict. One approach is to focus primarily on our material survival, leaving some limited room for our transcendent needs. Matter takes precedent over spirit. The second approach is to disengage from the distractions of our material pursuits in order to engage in our spiritual lives, to the point of asceticism for some. Both approaches, however, have one thing in common: These two worlds of matter and spirit, body and soul, cannot coexist. Thus, most of us ultimately compartmentalize our lives, dividing our time between the two. Please join Rabbi Jacobson and discover a third approach -- one that does not surrender to a life of duality, but accesses a third dimension, beyond the corporeal and the ethereal, which allows us to integrate the two. Just as science has revealed that energy and matter are really one, and technology taps the energy within matter, so too is it with your body and soul. You can actually live a life of utter unity and harmony by learning how to tap the spirit within matter and spiritualize the material, ultimately experiencing total and seamless fusion between the two.
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January 20, 2022
The Kabbalah of Choices: 5 Steps to Overcoming Indecisiveness
Every one of us has faced uncertainty and doubt in our lives. Some of us more than others. You know the one about the fellow who said "I used to think I'm indecisive. Now I'm not so sure..." At times our inability to make a decision one way or another can have a debilitating and demoralizing effect. How many opportunities have you missed due to being stuck, not knowing how to proceed. Acute and prolonged indecisiveness can also become a monster of its own, eliciting our fears, insecurities and bringing on a state of lethargy and avoidance of making important changes and moves in our lives. What can we do about this? Please join Rabbi Simon jacobson as he tackles the great challenge of indecisiveness, exploring four different approaches people take when faced with adversity -- resignation, battle, religion, escapism -- and discover a fifth, time-tested method that will change how you see yourself and open you up to new possibilities you could never have imagined.
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January 13, 2022
Fight or Flight: How to Free Yourself from Fear
Who, or what, is your greatest enemy? This simple question is actually quite challenging because we face many different adversarial forces in our lives. We have enemies within and enemies without. We have psychological enemies, emotional enemies and inner demons. We have enemies that are real and some that may be imagined. We have enemies that are physical and many more that are intangible.  And yet from all these adversaries, the single greatest enemy of ours is called fear. Why is fear the most dangerous obstacle in our lives, our worst enemy? Because fear is insidious, it is concealed, invisible. There is no weapon or firepower involved, no smoking guns and loud noises to announce its arrival. Fear works in a very cunning way, with silent strength and quiet power. It is undermining and paralyzing; causing lack of initiative, indecisiveness, stagnation, apathy, demoralization, resignation and so many other symptoms that it can manifest in. Fear is what holds us back from going anywhere in life. And that is the worst enemy facing a human being. Without fear we can take on any challenge, but fear freezes us in our tracks. If we are not moving forward, where are we going?  Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for a fundamental discussion on fear as he shares vital tools and practical steps needed to overcome this great but silent enemy. And once you conquer fear, all the vistas and great horizons open up for you, nothing will be able to stop you.  A new life will emerge, one of hope and excitement for the future. 
26:37
January 06, 2022
Welcome 2022: What Will This New Year Bring?
As the curtain comes down on this strange and bizarre year of 2021, we are all left wondering: What now? What comes next and how can we possibly prepare for it?  If the past 24 months taught us anything - with covid in the air, political disruptions and upheavals, unprecedented uncertainties - it is that we have very little control of what's going on in the world around us. There has clearly been a tremendous disruption in all our lives. There's practically no sector of life that hasn't been impacted by these events, whether it's work, travel, schooling, entertainment, sports, etc.  And when you couple that with so many other polarizing forces in politics, the debates, the media and modern technology amplifying everything, sometimes we are left feeling disoriented, completely lost at sea.  With all that being said, how can we possibly enter a new year with confidence and positive energy? Is there any hope on the horizon? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as we enter into the new year, and discover that the key to gaining control is: learning how to navigate the stormy and unpredictable waves. You do that by digging and uncovering your deeper spiritual resources and developing the right attitude and perspective, which in turn impacts your family and friends -- and creates the change the world needs. Together, let us welcome 2022 with open arms, empowered and excited for a future of positivity, light, warmth and global transformation.
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December 30, 2021
Choosing Humility in a Self Centered World
Here is a provocative yet practical question: Why should I be humble in a self centered world? It's an eat or get eaten, survival of the fittest environment out there. So who will look out for me if not myself?  In the majority of our life's experiences and interactions, it seems that people are it in for themselves, looking how they can further their own agenda, make more money, network in higher circles, etc. If you fit their needs, they might do something for you in return, but it's primarily give and take. Yes, there are those we come across that are truly kind and compassionate, but by and large -- especially with a driven ambition, person -- it's all about me, me, me.  So the question remains: Why choose humility, why be caring and empathetic, in a world surrounded by sharks? How can we advance and be successful without focusing solely on ourselves? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson and discover that on the contrary -- bittul and humility are actually the keys and foundation to achieving the greatest successes in life. Choosing humility will have unbelievable and far reaching implications in our lives.
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December 23, 2021
Can You Control the Chaos? How To Let Go and Flow
Do you ever feel like a ship adrift at sea, floating around aimlessly, lost and unsure of where to go from here? Are you ever caught up in the chaotic quicksand of life, unable to really find your bearings and pull yourself out of the situation? We all have moments where we find ourselves in that situation, especially during these uncertain and unpredictable times. How can we find the anchor, the stability, needed to help us ride the unpredictable waves around us? Can there be a balance between going with the flow and yet not getting lost in the process? How do we ensure that the chaos doesn't overwhelm us, yet propels us to greater heights? Join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for an enlightening class on how to let go and flow. Learn how to navigate every possible situation that comes your way, even the most challenging. Discover the secret of flexibility and resilience, how to adjust and adapt to any circumstance. Become empowered with tools and resources to dive into uncharted territory and embrace the unknown; face the uncontrollable and find the beauty and power in not having all the answers.
31:09
December 16, 2021
Do I Live to Work or Work to Live?
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself: Who am I as opposed to what is my occupation? Do I know how to live, or only how to work? Does my personality and identity define my work or does my work define my identity? If I take away my profession, who actually am I at my essential core? Most of our adult lives are preoccupied with work. But to what end? Do you have a mission that is driving the details of your life? Is your self defined by your net worth - or by other external factors such as appearances, status etc? Often we get so caught up in what we do, we forget who we are without that. If someone were to ask "Who are you?" would you have a response other than what you do for a living? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for a vital discussion on finding yourself, your true, inner self and how to use that self toward a greater purpose. Learn how YOU and your life mission must define and dictate your life and work, and not have life and work dictate who you are.
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December 09, 2021
The Power of Gratitude in an Ungrateful World
We are all seeking ways to become healthier and more productive human beings; searching for the key to loving and sustainable relationships, answers to finding deeper purpose in our lives, and methods to help us live up to our full potential. Often, the secret to achieving such fulfillment is right in front of us, presented to us by our daily life and society. We only need to notice and tap into these messages surrounding us.  Thanksgiving offers us one such vital lesson. It's a good time to ask ourselves: is this holiday anything more than simply turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? Sitting around with family and football and food... While this all sounds fun and delicious, Thanksgiving presents us with something far far more.   Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson to discuss the powerful message of Thanksgiving, a message that provides us with a most necessary and fundamental tool in life: the tool of gratitude. Thankfulness is far more than being nice and civil. It carries the secret to personal and global transformation. Gratitude is the antidote to the very core of ego and self interest; it manifests the essential purpose of existence: To illuminate a dark universe, to refine a hostile environment, to bring goodness and kindness to a unkind culture and gratefulness to an ungrateful world.
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November 25, 2021
The Kabbalah of Dreams
Dreams have always mesmerized us by their sheer mystery of paradoxes – at times reflecting deeper truths and at times seemingly nonsensical. They are a most mysterious and intriguing concept. Psychologists, poets and romantics throughout the ages (dating back to Biblical times!) all talk about dreams, trying to decipher: What lies behind their mystery? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for a fascinating discussion on the beauty and potential of our dreams. Discover how dreams are there to give us a glimpse, a peek behind the curtain, into our inner subconscious and superconscious psyches. Learn about a dimension of yourself that often remains concealed beneath the surface level.
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November 18, 2021
The Soul of Veterans Day
What is the true meaning of Veterans Day? What are we celebrating and what personal lessons can we learn from this day? One of the most powerful and beautiful things a human being can do is put their self interests aside, their selfish needs and ego on hold, to protect and help another. Our veterans have – and continue to – put their lives on the line for something bigger than themselves. They sacrifice themselves for us. It's now time to ask ourselves: Where do we stand in servicing others? What are we contributing to the world? This is the soul, the very essence, of Veterans Day. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for this special presentation honoring our veterans, and the larger lessons we learn from them: How to access the very essence and purpose for which we were sent to this earth -- to commit our lives to service, to give, protect and sacrifice ourselves for the good of others. Indeed, serving a higher cause than ourselves is what makes the self greater than it could ever be on its own. In these polarizing times, we are in dire need of a message and attitude that transcends our different opinions and viewpoints and reminds us what lies at the heart of our country -- that our higher calling is more powerful than our differences.
34:39
November 12, 2021
Why Was the World Created?
There is a simple and fundamental truth that many of us don't always follow: The why must always precede the what. Meaning -- before you do something, you must have a reason as to why you are doing it. Yet many of us are stuck in our habits and routines and often the what ends up preceding the why. We first act and only then do we look for a reason for our actions. We do, and then wonder why we just did that. In life it is so critical that the function precede the form. First, understand the purpose and meaning behind every action, and only then can you act on it. This defines your entire life -- Are you simply a victim of circumstances or are you controlling your life, being proactive and mindful of your actions? Which brings us to the most important question of all time: Why was the world created? Once we begin to understand the why, we can then begin to understand the what - what is expected of us, what is our purpose here and what can we do about it? Join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for a fascinating glimpse into the very dynamics of how we work. Learn the secret as to why the world was created, and go even deeper to explore why you - yes, specifically you - were created.
30:51
November 04, 2021
Mission Statement Vs. Vision Statement
Do you have a picture of what you want your life -- and the world around you -- to look like in the future? And does that drive the details of your life activities? Or is your life just random occurrences and haphazard events that keep you trekking along blindly -- a life driven by the immediate demands and needs, with no larger plan and long-term goals directing you to a greater destination?  The vital importance for a vision and mission in life cannot be overstated. Take any entity or organization. The first step in a successful and efficient business is establishing a mission and vision statement. No enterprise can succeed or function without one. And yet when it comes to our personal lives many of us never gave the idea much thought. Not due to our own fault; we simply were never taught the necessity of having a vision and mission in life, let alone -- implementing it. We often just allow life to happen to us, instead of allowing ourselves to direct our life's trajectory. We are reactive instead of proactive. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for this essential and life changing discussion on developing the focal point that connects all the spokes of your life. Discover the necessity -- and even more so the power -- of a personal mission and vision statement. Learn how to craft a mission and vision, and how to actualize it in your life -- realizing your greatest dreams and aspirations.
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October 28, 2021
Deciphering the Divine Sparks
Do you ever feel like your life is fragmented, composed of so many disjointed pieces, and lacking a common thread connecting them all? These disconnects begin to accumulate and in time become overwhelming as they tug at you and your psyche, pulling you in so many directions. Is there more to life than random occurrences and haphazard events? You may be surprised to hear this, but kabbalists and mystics address this fundamental question with a beautiful and elegant concept called The Divine Sparks. Each one of us is a book - or a musical symphony - and at birth all the different pieces and moving parts of our lives have been scattered, like torn pages of a book - or individual musical notes - and we are tasked with the mission to uncover and discover these sparks, these spiritual opportunities in everything we do. Whether it be in our personal lives, our relationships, our leisure or our work, our calling is to collect every spark and piece them together like a jigsaw puzzle - finding the deeper meaning and purpose within each fragmented piece as part of a larger picture. And only then will we witness and experience what will emerge - a unique and beautiful narrative of our lives, the harmony within diversity. Join Rabbi Jacobson for a fascinating discussion on how to find that elusive unity within -- a unity that connects the multitude of details in your daily life -- and begin to understand your life in a completely new way.
36:44
October 21, 2021
Boost Your Confidence in 3 Easy Ways
How would you gauge your confidence level? Do you feel strong and courageous to take on any challenge, or is something holding you back? Truth be told, all people have their fears and insecurities, which can impede their ability to spread their wings and actualize their aspirations and dreams. We can all use a boost in confidence. What can you do to build your confidence? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he dissects the roots of our inhibitions and insecurities, and offers ways to counter these obstacles. Discover three primary factors that undermine and conceal your innate confidence, and three specific methods -- the triple A: Associates, Attitudes and Actions -- that empower you to reclaim and grow your confidence. Learn how to gain inner strength to achieve the things you always hoped for and reach your greatest goals.
28:59
October 14, 2021
Help! I'm Drowning
Do you feel overwhelmed and inundated by the deluge of demands and expectations tugging at you from all directions? Are your personal uncertainties, fears and anxieties flooding your psyche? Are you burned out by information overload continuously streaming into your mind and heart? If you answered yes, know that you are not alone. Virtually every one of us has times — some more often than others — when we feel that we cannot get our heads above water. We may have moments of respite, but the incessant wear and tear of life’s presenting challenges and pressures – — from financial burdens to personal struggles — cause us tremendous stress, to the point of feeling that things are out of control and even hopeless. We try to divide and conquer, taking it day by day, but the longer term forecast can appear gloomy and dark. Is there anything you can do to protect yourself from the raging floodwaters drenching your life? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this vital and highly relevant presentation addressing one of the most compelling strains of our time. Discover a timeless method to insulate yourself from the torrential tsunamis surging around us. Learn how to engage in life while remaining afloat and above the fray; how to transcend the stormy seas while also riding them to unprecedented heights.
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October 07, 2021
Your Thoughts CAN Create Your Reality
How much control do you have over your life? Conventional thinking — and in many ways, the prevalent current view — is that most of our lives are determined by circumstances out of our control. If one was born into a dysfunctional home or experienced trauma, for instance, then they will most likely have difficulties with trust and relationships. If one grew up in a toxic and unhealthy environment, that will shape their destiny. This deterministic view is quite fatalistic and frankly downright pessimistic and depressing. Are we indeed simply defined by cause and effect? Or do we have the power to transcend our circumstances? Can we create a better reality than the “hand” we were dealt? To determine whether we are – or we are not – a victim and product of our circumstances, we must first understand and define: Who am I essentially at my core, what makes me tick and what potential and inner resources do I contain? Please join Rabbi Jacobson for this important pre-Rosh Hashana talk and discover new vistas of your soul, that when tapped, go beyond the usual cause and effect forces of life. Learn how your mind and mindset have the strength to change the course of your future; how your thoughts generate energy and chemicals that can shape your destiny. And that even if you can’t control events around you, your mind and attitude can control your ability to navigate even the most difficult challenges.
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September 02, 2021
Back to School. Back to Normal?
Just as we thought we were getting out from under the corona cloud, here we go again. With the latest resurgence of covid related concerns, people everywhere are asking: Will life ever get back to normal?    Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses, in his disarming and inimitable way, our current disruptions. Instead of reacting to the symptoms with short term solutions, learn how to turn this challenge into an opportunity to step back and ask ourselves: What exactly is "normal" and who says that our pre-covid norm was healthy in the first place? Discover how upheavals offer us the ability to revisit and recalibrate -- and create a new paradigm in our lives. This is a time to not be a victim of circumstances, but to take control of how you navigate the uncertain twists and turns and define your own destiny.
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August 26, 2021
The Selfless Ego Part 2: What's Mine is Yours
There are 4 personality types: 1. What's mine is yours, and what's yours is mine. The ignoramus. 2. What's yours is yours, and what's mine is mine. The average person. 3. What's yours is yours, and what's mine is yours. The optimal personality. 4. What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine. The wicked person. (Ethics of the Fathers 5:10) Is it possible to balance a healthy ego and a healthy coexistence with others, and if yes—how? Is it merely about a logical negotiation of forgoing some of our immediate needs due to the benefit we receive from others? Or is it far deeper than that? What is more inherent in us -- our individuality, or being part of a larger whole? E Pluribus Unum - out of many, one. How is that possible? Which prevails, the many or the one? Last week we discussed "why not be selfish?" and established that in fact the most selfish thing you can do is be selfless. Transcendence, going beyond our limited boundaries - and not selfishness - is our inherent state. Tonight, join Rabbi Jacobson for a fascinating discussion and discover how there is actually a third dimension to all of this - beyond the individual and beyond the group, and when we connect to that, the magic of true seamless fusion emerges! Both the individual and group become one, harmony within diversity, not a compromise at all but a beautiful, eloquent flow that results from experiencing transcendence -- a reality greater than ourselves.
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August 19, 2021
The Selfless Ego Part 1: Why Not be Selfish?
Our society is currently challenged, perhaps more than ever, by self-centeredness, a me-me-me era, in which its each man for himself, an eat or get eaten mentality. How will I survive if I am not the "fittest", putting my own needs and self first? Who will look out for me if not myself? Why should I bother going out of my way to help others? And can I have any ego, a healthy sense of self, and still be selfless?  Self interest vs the greater common good has plagued humanity from the beginning of time. The prevalent perception is that we are fundamentally driven, first and foremost, by our needs, survival and personal pleasure. Freud called it the Id; Darwin: Survival of the fittest. But is this true? Are we indeed inherently selfish? Join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for a fascinating discussion on seflishness, selflessness and the human ego through the lens of Chassidus, Kabbala and psychology. Learn how to properly balance them all while analyzing the benefits and positive results of helping others. (Spoiler alert: by helping others, you are actually helping yourself!) Discover a new and surprising way to look at yourself and how the destructive behaviour of selfishness, while not only harming others, goes against your very essential nature and thus undermines and stunts personal development and growth.
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August 12, 2021
What You Say is What You Get: The Power of Words
Words have always been powerful -- more than we imagine. But they have never been as potent as they are in today's information age and communications revolution. There was a time when our words reached only the people we spoke with or wrote to. Our conversations were limited to those around us, and they were not recorded for posterity. But today, with the explosion of technology -- internet, social media, smartphone -- every word we say or write has been amplified beyond anything anyone could ever have envisioned. Our words are streamed and broadcast to the entire world; they can go viral reaching millions if not billions of people; and they remain etched forever in cyberspace and beyond.  Posts on today's platforms can incite a mob, destroy a person's reputation as well as spawn a revolution. On the positive side, a kind word can inspire and comfort large numbers of people. But is our sensitivity to the words we utter up to par with their exponential reach? As our platforms and methods of communications have expanded, have we developed deeper care, respect and empathy to ensure that our words are being used in the best possible way? Are we appreciating the gits we have today? Do we understand the implications of our words -- and their impact? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson and explore the deeper roots of our power of speech and communication. We can take for granted our ability to speak with each other. Discover how your words are actually connectors and interfaces between your inner soul and faculties and the people and world around you. The better we understand how speech communicates our ideas and feelings the better we will connect with each other. Learn how your words are streaming energy into the environment around you; how they create a vibe that shapes your surroundings and the people you are speaking with. And above all, how what you say is what you get -- how the energy of your words echoes back to you and defines the response you will receive from others.
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August 05, 2021
Is God Orthodox? Religious Fundamentalism and Spirituality
The recent controversy about orthodoxy and unorthodoxy is nothing new. It reflects the long-standing debate about the role of God in our lives -- and even the very existence of God. For centuries now, battles have been raging between science and religion, reason and faith, modernity and belief. But before we enter the fray, should we not first be defining the actual meaning of God, religion, faith and spirituality? Without fully understanding these terms, how can we know what we are disagreeing over and whether we are truly in disagreement at all? As one great mystic told the self-proclaimed atheist: The God you don't believe, I don't believe in either. What, for example, is the difference between religion and spirituality? Can one be complete and healthy without the other? What is God like and why is He relevant to us? Does being religious automatically make one a fundamentalist? Can I be "orthodox" and live a life of happiness and freedom? Can faith and modernity be reconciled and balanced in today's society?  Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he dissects these critical issues, digs into their very core roots and comes away with a surprising and refreshing take on God, faith, religion -- and its far reaching implications in our lives.
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July 29, 2021
The Kabbalah of Human Connection: 5 Steps to Enhance Your Relationships
More than oxygen, more than food and drink -- humans need love and connection to live and thrive. But what exactly defines connection? And why is it so vital? Above all, how do we build healthy, meaningful and sustainable connections and relationships? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson and discover how true connections are forged in our souls. Travel on a fascinating journey into the five dimensions of your soul, reflecting five levels of connection, and learn how to build deeper bonds on each of these levels.
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July 22, 2021
From Destruction to Resurrection
One of the most powerful sights to behold is the regeneration of a forest after it has burned down. Few things are more astounding to witness than renewal after hopelessness and rebirth after death. How have you reacted to the scars and schisms in your life? Have you given up? Do you feel like damaged goods? All of us will experience a crack in our lives -- a broken relationship, a shattered dream, an unfulfilled promise, a betrayal of trust. For some devastation comes as a result of abuse and trauma -- causing one to feel like something was '"killed inside of me." How you respond and rebound after something has been lost or destroyed will define your life. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this fascinating presentation on how to create regeneration after fires have ravaged your life. If you have experienced any type of loss or destruction -- this class is for you. It will give you a new perspective and hope on your losses and offer you actionable exercises to discover deeper resources in coping and growing through your challenges. Like the Biblical phoenix arising from the ashes, and the new moon reborn each month, like new life sprouting from an eroding seed and the newborn chick emerging from a cracked egg, learn ways to experience a metamorphosis in your own life -- empowering you to transform destruction into resurrection.
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July 15, 2021
Do You Feel Free?
Are you free? Most people instinctively reply: Of course I am free. We live in a free world. In contrast to centuries past, today the citizens of the USA and most of the countries in the world are guaranteed inalienable rights -- freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition. Today we have the freedom to move about and make our own decisions about virtually every aspect of life, unlike in days of old, when monarchs and despots ruled the world with absolute authority. But do these rights alone define true freedom? You can be technically free, unbound by chains and authority, and yet be completely enslaved by your fears, insecurities, addictions and a series of other forces that encumber your ability to spread your wings. Take technology: is it freeing you or ensnaring you? Are you in control of your life, or do other voices and expectations define and control your decisions? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening and "freeing" presentation, as he introduces a deeper way of defining freedom -- not just the freedom to do "whatever you like," but the freedom to be yourself -- to express your unique voice without any outside imposition. Discover how true freedom is not the absence of subjugation, but experiencing the full expanse of life. It is not merely the shedding of external chains, but unlocking the internal chains that stop you from living up to your infinite potential.
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July 08, 2021
Finding Hope When All Seems Lost
Our hearts and prayers go out to the lives buried under the rubble of the collapsed Surfside towers, and we extend all our support to their families to stand strong in this difficult time. At the same time, this heart wrenching tragedy offers us powerful lessons about the sanctity and dignity of every individual life, and how hope is never extinguished. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he honors the living and those taken with an impassioned talk about the eternal flame that burns forever even in the deepest darkness. No matter what challenges and difficulties we may experience in life, a spark always remains alive, which provides us with hope and strength, and upon which we can build and rebuild.
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July 07, 2021
Summertime: What Are We Vacationing From?
Summer has finally arrived. After what we have been through in the last 18 months, we all can use a well deserved vacation. Just kickin' off our shoes, laying back and relaxing. With no pressures, let's just BBQ and have some fun. But is that enough? Can the human spirit really survive on animal bliss alone, without some measure of healthy angst and restlessness? When we're on the fast-paced merry-go-round or roller coaster of our lives, it's difficult to step back and see our lives in perspective. But when we experience a transition -- from winter to summer, from covid to post-covid, from gloom to hope -- we have a break, an opportunity. As we enter the summer vacation season -- vacation from the word vacate, to empty and be free -- this is an excellent time to revisit the very nature of your life and its purpose. What is work and what is vacation? What exactly are we vacationing from? Please join Rabbi Jacobson and experience a new type of "vacation" by using the breezy summer energy to probe deeper into the quality of your life. Do you live to work, or work to live? Does what you do define who you are or the other way around? Are you a physical being on a spiritual journey, or a spiritual being on a physical journey? (Or a physical being on a physical journey?) What is your mission in life? What better time to take a midsummer night's dream -- one that you will never forget.
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June 24, 2021
Do We Need a New Type of Jewish Leadership Today?
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more  🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullif...   Watch the Weekly Global Class Playlist:  💻 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Let’s connect:  🌐Website - http://www.meaningfullife.com/   📷 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meaningful....   👍Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulli...   💼LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjaco...   📧Email – wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com   💬WhatsApp – 347-766-7558  Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator and mentor to thousands. He is the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life (💎 https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Meaning...) which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 13 different languages. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times.   Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people's hearts and souls.  Please donate or sponsor a class, to help us continue and expand this life-affirming work 💓 https://www.meaningfullife.com/donate.    #MeaningfulLifeCenter #AppliedKabbalah
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June 17, 2021
Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more  🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullif...   Let’s connect:  🌐Website - http://www.meaningfullife.com/   📷 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meaningful....   👍Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulli...   💼LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjaco...   📧Email – wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com   💬WhatsApp – 347-766-7558  Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator and mentor to thousands. He is the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life (💎 https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Meaning...) which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 13 different languages. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times.   Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people's hearts and souls.  Please donate or sponsor a class, to help us continue and expand this life-affirming work 💓 https://www.meaningfullife.com/donate.    #MeaningfulLifeCenter #AppliedKabbalah #Masterclass #PleaseStandUp
40:24
June 10, 2021
Anti-Semitism on the Rise: Is History Repeating Itself?
Many people are alarmed by the recent rise of anti-Semitic threats and attacks. Whether this is connected to events in Israel and the general racial unrest and polarization in this country is debatable. Regardless, any accelerated anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence is certainly a cause for concern for all of humanity. Unequivocally, like the "miner's canary", hatred toward Jews has historically been a harbinger of troubles for all innocent people. Over the years, a school of thought has developed that we should indeed be concerned with history repeating itself, the argument being that Jews are never safe. While there may be temporary lulls of peace and calm, as in the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry or pre-World War Europe, anti-Semitic violence always comes back to rear its ugly head.  However, there is another school of thought. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he passionately takes on this critical issue, and presents a radically different approach: While we need to be vigilant, and take strong measures to protect and defend ourselves, we must also realize that the world has become a better place for Jews and for the entire human race. This approach will guide us to discover ways to eradicate the root of anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred once and for all, enabling us to look forward to a brighter future -- a future of personal and global redemption.
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June 02, 2021
How Do I Find the Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Do you ever feel like you're trapped in a dark tunnel. with no way out? It may take the shape of confusion and uncertainty; of general resignation and "quiet desperation;" or of deeper depression and hopelessness. Every one of us, at times, will experience the fear and anxiety that comes with a sense of being stuck in our lives. Please join Rabbi Jacobson and discover ways to navigate through the "tunnel vision" of our lives and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Learn the cosmic and mystical roots of life's shadows, and not only how darkness leads to light, but also the divine nature of darkness itself. 
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May 27, 2021
Will There Ever Be Peace in the Middle East?
As our hearts tear over the senseless loss of lives in the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East, one can’t help but wonder: Will it ever end? What will it take to achieve peace in the Holy Land? Most, if not all, politicians, analysts, pundits and commentators — and nearly everyone else — have long given up hope on any comprehensive solution. After all we have witnessed, after all the attempts at peace, one need not even be a cynic be to be skeptical about the prospects. And yet, has everything truly been tried? The Western world in general rejects seeing this war between Israel and Arab/Muslims in any religious context. Many feel that in our “enlightened” and “scientific” age, religion is not and should not be a factor. Rational people can sit down and negotiate, as they would any business transaction or merger, and come up with a mutually acceptable compromise. And then move on. However, faith and religious passions don’t work that conveniently. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this provocative presentation of a radical new approach. One that combines peace out of strength and a bold vision of the future. The true battle, he argues, is not with missiles and ammunition, but in the homes and schools that control and shape the impressionable minds of the next generation. Acknowledging that this may be a “naive” approach, Rabbi Jacobson contends that if enough of us can create a grassroots revolution, which challenges the status quo of the powers that be, we can indeed create true and lasting change, and ultimately establish a permanent peace.
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May 20, 2021
3333 Years From Sinai: Why is Israel Still Burning?
Just as some of us thought that the situation there was stabilizing, the peace accords showing promise of a brighter future for the region, we suddenly are rudely met with this barrage of rocket attacks and violence shaking the holy land... And all this in the wake of the Meron tragedy, in which 45 souls were ripped away from us. What is going on? How are we to react? You won't want to miss this special pre-Shavuot presentation by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, as he addresses both the larger picture and historical roots of this crisis, as well as how it informs the smaller, immediate picture of the here and now. Did you know that these conflicts go back over 3800 years? That they are based on deep ideological and spiritual tensions? Only by understanding the broader context of these battles can we hope to diffuse them and find a permanent solution.  Take a journey back 3333 years ago to Sinai, and come away with a new clarity and perspective, as well as practical things we each can do to help the situation and ultimately bring true peace to all.
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May 13, 2021
The Kabbalah of Horoscopes: Is It Written In the Stars?
Is your life predestined and predetermined? Or do you have control over your destiny? Do you have free will? So much of your life seems fixed in place without any of your input. Beginning with your very nature, personality and genetic makeup, followed by the influences of your home, family and education that shaped you and your attitudes, and finally different life experiences -- all factors that defined you and your life long before you became an independent adult (if there is such a thing) and were able to make choices. It then would seem to logically follow that we are products, if not victims, of circumstances. Well, not so fast. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson and a discover a new perspective that has the power to change the way you see yourself and your life. Explore deeper mystical truths that will take you beneath the surface of our fixed structures and deterministic universe and reveal nondeterministic forces, containing a vast range of possibilities, which when tapped into, allow you to transcend your defined life and influences, and exercise true freedom. Learn how you control your destiny -- you determine whether to will be a product or a creator of circumstances. Find out how to travel beyond the stars and experience new vistas and possibilities.
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May 06, 2021
Do People Deserve a Second Chance?
Is this wishful thinking? Do we deserve a second chance? Can we have a second chance? Conventional wisdom would seem to dictate that time travels in only one direction: forward. The past is the past, and you can do nothing to change it -- as much as you may want to. This is how we have been trained to think. Today's culture often takes it a step further: Get real and stop having illusions of grandeur. Come to terms with the fact that bygones are bygones. Shattered dreams, broken promises, love betrayed -- this is all part of reality. There are no second chances. As the cynics or the pessimists say; the more things change, the more they stay the same. Ecclesiastes puts it this way: A generation goes, a generation comes, and there is nothing new under the sun. Basically, lower your expectations and don't expect any great changes in your life. If something was damaged, there's nothing you can do about it. We are victims of circumstances. Period. But is this true? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he challenges conventional thinking and offers us a radically different approach that will transform the way you think about your past and your future. Discover how to look at yourself in a new way. Learn how your sincere longing for a second chance can open up new channels, allowing you to indeed turn past mistakes into tremendous opportunities and actually create second chances in life.
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April 29, 2021
How to Have a Meaningful Day
On a routine day do you find yourself being reactive or proactive? Are you responding to forces around you -- in your personal, social and professional life; the needs of your home and family, the demands at work, the expectations of friends? Are there other voices tugging at you and dictating your behavior? How about fears, inhibitions, habits and addictions that may be controlling your life? Do you feel that you have become a product (if not a victim) of circumstances? It's time to change that. And we begin by changing the way we run our daily lives. Please join Rabbi Jacobson on an eye-opening journey into your daily schedule, offering tools to evaluate your day and to implement changes that will enhance every aspect of your experiences. Discover ways to look at your life from the inside out instead of the outside in -- a day driven not by external needs and demands, but by an inner calling. Learn how to develop a mission-centric perspective, by introducing spiritual exercises that will infuse every detail of your day, even the most trivial and mundane, with deeper meaning, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
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April 22, 2021
What is the Secret to a Lasting Relationship?
Do you believe in love forever after? Or is that just a matter of fictional fantasy, fodder for books, songs, poems, dreamers and suffering romantics? After all, nothing in this material world lasts forever. Everything physical -- the food we eat, the money we make, our looks and health -- is impermanent, and subject to erosion and decay. Why then should love be different? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening presentation, dissecting the anatomy of a relationship, and offering surprising insights into the inner workings of love. Beyond the three levels of physical, emotional and intellectual compatibility -- which all undergo change -- discover the lesser known fourth level called spiritual compatibility, which contains the secret to a lasting and eternal relationship.
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April 15, 2021
Do You Control Your Destiny?
By the time you are old enough to make independent decisions most of your life has been determined by others -- your home and parents, your education and culture, your environment and social status. All these factors and forces -- especially those impacting your formative years -- have shaped who you are. Take into account the circumstances we have no control over -- your joys and pains, your health and life experiences -- it seems that your life has been all but predetermined.  Each of us is thus presented with the big question: Do you have any control over your destiny? Is there anything we can do once we have been dealt a certain deck of cards? Please join Rabbi Jacobson and discover a fascinating four-step plan how to gain control over your life. Learn how to separate yourself from your experiences, with specific tools how to navigate the coordinates that have defined your life and anything that comes your way. Remember: Even if you don't control the events around you, you totally control your attitude and your manner of dealing with them.
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April 08, 2021
How to be More Productive Step 4: Assiah - Finalize
Are you seeking to become more productive in your life? To actualize your potential and dreams? How often do you have a great idea but find it difficult to implement? Or the other way around: You may be good at execution, but find it challenging to find an exciting idea to embrace. Some people are visionaries; others at bringing a vision into reality. Is there a method to bridge the two -- and have the best of both worlds: function and form, soul and body, the big picture and the details? Now, for the first time, discover a powerful, life transforming Kabbalistic model which lays out the four vital steps to realize any concept and idea; a methodology to develop a successful project and build a lasting structure of every type -- from establishing a healthy relationship to perfecting your communication, from writing a book to composing a song, from crafting a business plan to building an edifice. These four steps will help you in every aspect of your life. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in a unique 4-part series, in which he deciphers these four steps and applies them to help you reach your goals. Learn how to harness the power of the four spiritual "worlds" in manifesting new ideas and projects - from concept to fruition, from form and structure to end result. Step 1: Atzilus; Vision Step 2: Beriah; Outline Step 3: Yetzirah; Shape Step 4: Asiyah; Finalize This week's program covers the last and final Step 4: Asiyah -- finalizing the full dimensional production. It addresses not just how to put on the finishing touches and polish your project, but how to add the intangibles that make your end result shine and reflect your driving vision. Whether you are a "big idea" person, a project manager or looking to think in a more organized way and be more efficient, you won't want to miss this series.
30:00
March 25, 2021
How to be More Productive Step 3: Yetzirah - Shape
Are you seeking to become more productive in your life? To actualize your potential and dreams? How often do you have a great idea but find it difficult to implement? Or the other way around: You may be good at execution, but find it challenging to find an exciting idea to embrace. Some people are visionaries; others at bringing a vision into reality. Is there a method to bridge the two -- and have the best of both worlds: function and form, soul and body, the big picture and the details? Now, for the first time, discover a powerful, life transforming Kabbalistic model which lays out the four vital steps to realize any concept and idea; a methodology to develop a successful project and build a lasting structure of every type -- from establishing a healthy relationship to perfecting your communication, from writing a book to composing a song, from crafting a business plan to building an edifice. These four steps will help you in every aspect of your life. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in a unique 4-part series, in which he deciphers these four steps and applies them to help you reach your goals. Learn how to harness the power of the four spiritual "worlds" in manifesting new ideas and projects - from concept to fruition, from form and structure to end result. Step 1: Atzilus; Vision Step 2: Beriah; Outline Step 3: Yetzirah; Shape Step 4: Asiyah; Finalize This week's program covers Step 3: Yetzirah. It addresses how you carry over an outline into fleshed out details. Armed with a clear picture and a general outline, you meticulously develop and define every aspect and nuance of the entity, like a fine-tuned diamond shaped out of a stone in the rough.  In this third step you will learn the importance of shape and form and of every last detail, and ensuring that its aligned with the vision and outline. Whether you are a "big idea" person, a project manager or looking to think in a more organized way and be more efficient, you won't want to miss this series.
36:29
March 25, 2021
How to be More Productive: Step 2: Beriah - Outline
Are you seeking to become more productive in your life? To actualize your potential and dreams? How often do you have a great idea but find it difficult to implement? Or the other way around: You may be good at execution, but find it challenging to find an exciting idea to embrace. Some people are visionaries; others at bringing a vision into reality. Is there a method to bridge the two -- and have the best of both worlds: function and form, soul and body, the big picture and the details? Now, for the first time, discover a powerful, life transforming Kabbalistic model which lays out the four vital steps to realize any concept and idea; a methodology to develop a successful project and build a lasting structure of every type -- from establishing a healthy relationship to perfecting your communication, from writing a book to composing a song, from crafting a business plan to building an edifice. These four steps will help you in every aspect of your life. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in a unique 4-part series, in which he deciphers these four steps and applies them to help you reach your goals. Learn how to harness the power of the four spiritual "worlds" in manifesting new ideas and projects - from concept to fruition, from form and structure to end result. Step 1: Atzilus; Vision Step 2: Beriah; Outline Step 3: Yetzirah; Shape Step 4: Assiyah; Finalize This week's program covers Step 2: Beriah. It addresses how you begin implementing and executing your vision. Armed with a clear picture you start by creating an outline -- a skeleton and infrastructure, which will then be fleshed out in the next steps. In this second step you will learn the importance of having a good outline (and the the pitfalls of not having that in place,) and how to actually build a solid outline, one that serves as a vital interface between your vision and your final product.  Whether you are a "big idea" person, a project manager or looking to think in a more organized way and be more efficient, you won't want to miss this series.
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March 11, 2021
How to be More Productive -- Step 1: Atzilus; Vision
Applying the four-step Kabbalistic model to actualizing your dreams Are you seeking to become more productive in your life? To actualize your potential and dreams? How often do you have a great idea but find it difficult to implement? Or the other way around: You may be good at execution, but find it challenging to find an exciting idea to embrace. Some people are visionaries; others at bringing a vision into reality. Is there a method to bridge the two -- and have the best of both worlds: function and form, soul and body, the big picture and the details? Now, for the first time, discover a powerful, life transforming Kabbalistic model which lays out the four vital steps to realize any concept and idea; a methodology to develop a successful project and build a lasting structure of every type -- from establishing a healthy relationship to perfecting your communication, from writing a book to composing a song, from crafting a business plan to building an edifice. These four steps will help you in every aspect of your life. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in a unique 4-part series, in which he deciphers these four steps and applies them to help you reach your goals. Learn how to harness the power of the four spiritual "worlds" in manifesting new ideas and projects - from concept to fruition, from form and structure to end result. Step 1: Atzilus; Vision Step 2: Beriah; Outline Step 3: Yetzirah; Shape Step 4: Assiyah; Finalize This week's program begins with Step 1: Atzilus. It addresses the first necessary step: Having a vision. Before building anything you need a clear and crystallized vision of what you want to achieve -- an overriding concept, a birds eye view which connects all the details, allowing you to see the forest from the trees. Imagine what it would be like if a builder started laying bricks before there was an architectural plan... if actors began to rehearse before a story line was conceived and written... if a design preceded purpose. Whether you are a "big idea" person, a project manager or looking to be think in a more organized way and be more efficient, you won't want to miss this series.
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March 04, 2021
Art as a Path Toward Meaning and Enlightenment
What would life be like without art and music and other creative expressions? Are the arts simply a form of sensual stimulation and entertainment, a type of escape from the doldrums and monotony? Or is there something more to it? Please join Rabbi Jacobson on a fascinating journey into the innermost dimensions of your soul and supra-conscious, and discover new forms of expression that resonate with and reflect your inner core. Learn how conventional language expresses only your surface, superficial life, while the arts open up your deepest transcendent states. Partake in this powerful presentation and come away with a new appreciation for the power of art to transform your life.
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February 25, 2021
Creating Harmony between Diversity and Inclusion
How can we balance individuality and the greater good of the whole? Do we need to compromise ourselves for the benefit of the community, or the other way around? How do we avoid diversity turning into divisiveness and conflict? -- a question that is particularly pronounced in these polarized times. Can diversity work in harmony with inclusion? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this poignant presentation in which he outlines a psycho/spiritual model -- based on Kabbalsitic mysticism -- of discovering the secret of inter-connectivity amidst diverse multitudes. Through demonstrating the parallels between the human body, nature and metaphysics, learn how every healthy organism and system is driven by the paradox of finding harmony within diversity.
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February 18, 2021
How to Awaken and Soften Your Heart
Every one of us has developed armor and defense mechanisms to protect ourselves from hostile and predatory forces around us. But what often happens is that your armor becomes so thick, and the masks you wear become so strong, that it gets difficult for you to let anyone in and to let yourself out. Even worse: at times your armor becomes your identity, and you may even lose sight of your own inner gentleness. This is especially true for one who has suffered sustained abuse and pain. The wounds cause us to lock up to avoid any further distress. We lose our trust in people and in ourselves; fear and insecurity can dominate our lives. And the implications can be devastating: With our walls up it becomes increasingly difficult to build trusting, intimate relationships. But all is not lost. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he discusses ways to preserve your tenderness even as you protect yourself from threatening forces around you. Discover how to access -- and maintain -- the softness of your heart and soul in an often difficult and challenging world. You have incredible reservoirs of beauty within yourself. It would be a shame if it remains trapped beneath the layers upon layers of protective gear. It''s time to reclaim yourself; to celebrate your vulnerability; and to reunite with that beautiful, soft side inside of you, waiting to be freed.
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February 11, 2021
Parenting Tools: Problem Solving and Challenges
Child rearing is fraught with challenges. Every parent will be faced with difficulties, many of which will be unexpected, in bringing up a child. Children are also different from one another, as are parents. All of us have our shortcomings and weaknesses as we have our strengths. Humans also fluctuate. And there is no such thing as a professional parent; all parents are amateurs learning on the job. With all these variables, how can we become better parents? What methods can we employ to produce the best possible children? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses specific ways you as a parent can incorporate to both preempt problems as well as address them as they arise. Discover an all encompassing formula coupled with principles and specific skills to deal with any given challenge in a healthy and balanced way, to create an exquisite home and beautiful children.
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February 05, 2021
How to Raise Happy Children: The Sacred Mission of a Parent
If our homes are our gardens and children are their fruits and flowers, parents are the gardeners. Like gardeners, parents are charged with the vital role of creating a fertile environment, providing all the nurturing nutrients and protecting from toxic pollutants, to nourish and ensure that children will blossom and flourish. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in The Sacred Mission of a Parent, where he addresses the special gift and responsibility parents carry in shaping healthy and productive children, with practical methods that every parent can employ to be the best possible gardener he or she can be.
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February 01, 2021
How to Raise Happy Children: What is the Nature of a Child?
Children are our most precious commodity. Every good parent wants to bring up the best possible child. Children also represent our future. How we raise our children will impact how they will raise their children. Therefore, our parenting has perpetual, generational implications. But the big question is this: How do we raise healthy, wholesome children? What can we do to assure that our children will grow up in the best possible way -- confident, kind, focused on the greater good -- living up to our highest standards? This is particularly challenging in our turbulent times, faced with so many options and distractions. In this first of a three-part new course, How to Raise Happy Children, Rabbi Jacobson addresses the root of it all: what is the true nature of a child. After all, we cannot produce healthy and happy children if we don't first define the very psyche and soul of a child. Once we appreciate what makes a child tick, the unique personality of a child and his/her needs (in contrast to those of an adult), we then can identify what we must do to nourish, nurture and invigorate the child to thrive, flourish and blossom into a healthy adult. Like a flower seed that requires water and fertile soil, providing the nutrients for the plant to grow, a child needs psycho/spiritual and emotional nutrients to ensure its growth and actualization of its great potential.
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February 01, 2021
How to Overcome Compulsive Desires
Do you ever feel that your compulsive desires are controlling your life? Like a force that entirely consumes you,  leaving you feeling helpless in its tentacles? Would you like to curb, or even free yourself of these powerful urges and drives?  Here is a webinar you don't want to miss.  Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he dissects the anatomy of compulsive behavior, and offers methods to help you weaken and defang the toxicity of your compulsions. Discover a step-by-step process to untangle yourself from your habits, harness your impulses and redirect your energy toward fulfilling your life's calling.
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January 15, 2021
The Kabbalah of Earth
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more  🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullif...   The fourth human temperament is earth. Earth reflects the grounded, down to earth personality type. Earth is the foundation of life -- the solid, unwavering bedrock that provides the security and trust upon which all life thrives. A tree's growth and expansion is dependent on it being firmly rooted in the ground. Like Your home and family, especially in your early, formative years serves as your unshakable nest, protecting and nurturing you in its unconditional love and  embrace.  These qualities also have their challenges. The earthy personality can at times be too grounded, too predictable -- lacking imagination and spirit, vibrancy and spontaneity of truly living life to its utmost. Or too materialistic -- consumed with survival, while losing sight of the sublime heaven and beyond. It can also be heavy and melancholic -- leading to sluggishness and depression.  Please join Rabbi Jacobson on this grounded journey through earth and its roots. Discover how to redirect even your melancholy toward positive ends. Learn how to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, yet have your head, dreams and aspirations in the sky.  Watch the Weekly Global Class Playlist:  💻 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Let’s connect:  🌐Website - http://www.meaningfullife.com/   📷 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meaningful....   👍Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulli...   💼LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjaco...   📧Email – wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com   💬WhatsApp – 347-766-7558  Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator and mentor to thousands. He is the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life (💎 https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Meaning...) which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 13 different languages. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times.   Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people's hearts and souls.  Please donate or sponsor a class, to help us continu
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January 07, 2021
The Kabbalah of Water: Hidden Worlds
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more  🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullifecenter?sub_confirmation=1   The second of the four human temperaments is water. Water reflects the calm and relaxed personality type. One that is fluid and soothing. The water archetype is love, which surrounds and nurtures us in its embrace. We begin our lives submerged in the embryonic fluids of our mother's womb. Love moisturizes everything it comes in contact with. Like water, it makes things grow and is the source of great pleasure.  On a deeper level, the Kabbalistic mystics explain that water manifests the supra-conscious, and teaches us how to be submerged in and absorbed by a reality greater than ourselves, where subject and object fuse as one  Please join Rabbi Jacobson and explore this water feature in your life. Learn how to cultivate and build the nurturing powers of water, harness its strengths and temper its indulgences. Discover how to create the proper balance and harmony between the fire and water within your psyche and soul. Watch the Weekly Global Class Playlist:  💻 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy0Ut8L2ycl_BHV8C7Mre3QnDarBWOHkR Let’s connect:  🌐Website - http://www.meaningfullife.com/   📷 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meaningful.life.center/   👍Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meaningfullifecenter/   💼LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjacobson1/   📧Email – wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com   💬WhatsApp – 347-766-7558  Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator and mentor to thousands. He is the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life (💎 https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Meaningful-Life-Menachem-Schneerson/dp/0062846485/ref=dp_ob_image_bk) which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 13 different languages. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times.   Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people's hearts and souls.  Please donate or sponsor a class, to help us continue and expand this life-affirming work 💓 https://www.meaningfullife.com/donate.    #MeaningfulLifeCenter #AppliedKabbalah #Masterclass #KabbalahOfWater #HiddenWorlds #FourElements
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December 28, 2020
The Physics of Chanukah: Learn How to Shine
The consensus today -- in most of our secular world -- is that each of us, every organism, every entity, every human, even every gene is inherently selfish. The Selfish Gene is the way Richard Dawkins titled his best-selling book, arguing that everything about existence is driven by the need for its own survival. Even altruism is another form of selfishness, since it help the organism grow and thrive.  Is this true?  Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this fascinating Chanukah lecture in which he presents an alternative perspective, based on the very nature of light -- as understood by the mystics and recently confirmed by modern physics. Discover how the properties of light, so powerfully reflected in the Chanukah flames, teach us the essence of who we are and who were meant to be: Transparent channels of a higher reality.
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December 17, 2020
Four Elements Course Part 1: The Kabbalah of Fire
Do you know your personality type? Would you like to learn how to harness your strengths and channel your weaknesses? How to maximize your potential and become the best you can possibly be?  If you want to discover and actualize yourself in new ways, please take advantage and tune in to this new free 4-part course: Four Elements Within You, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson. Each of these four session lays out one of the four archetypes which define every one of us: • Fire: Passion, Illumination, Warmth, Transcendence, Restlessness • Wind: Breath, Flexibility, Lightness, Interconnection, Change • Water: Moisture, Sensitivity, Growth, Immersion, Selflessness, Humility • Earth: Grounding, Foundations, Roots, Security, Steadfastness   Each class explores the positive and negative facets of each element, and offers methods and tools to evaluate yourself, together with practical exercises to implement an action plan. This first part, The Kabbalah of Fire, focuses on developing the power of fire -- cultivating the positive forces of passion and the fiery personality, while also taming the negative fires of burning rage and aggression. 
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December 10, 2020
Who's In Control: Men or Women?
As far back as history goes the male/female dynamic has been at the core of human relationships. Love, intimacy, family, home — the very perpetuation of our species — is build upon the connection between the two genders. The health of a society can be measured by the way they interact. Men and women in harmony produce the most beautiful fruit. When they are at war the ugliness is hard to bear. Is there a secret formula for creating a healthy union between the two? If there is, it remains as elusive as it is mysterious. Can men and women ever see eye to eye? In a materialistic world driven by power and control the question will always loom: who is running the show — men or women? Laws and regulations only go that far in trying to create equality; at best they only curb behavior. But they don’t change the sexual, political and psychological dynamics that seem inherent in gender relations. The challenge then is: can we create a better world than that? A world where control and dominance is not the driving force? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening presentation and learn the secret to creating just such a world – a spiritually driven existence defined by the ultimate harmony between men and women. Explore the spiritual roots of masculine and feminine energy. By retracing our steps to the genesis of these archetypes and of the gender split, we discover ways to realign our identities, and realize how the two forms of energy are really part of one unifying reality. You will never see men and women the same way again.
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December 03, 2020
Home Alone: Thanksgiving in Quarantine
Many are lamenting the fact that Thanksgiving 2020 will not be the same as usual. Due to Covid concerns, we will not be able to gather and celebrate with our entire families; travel restrictions will keep close ones apart. People are concerned what impact this will have on our psyches and moods. It's not easy to spend a holiday alone or with just a few loved ones. Loneliness and isolation can have a devastating effect on us. Of course, this only adds to the  the ongoing anxieties created by the lockdowns during the last eight months.  But do these circumstances all end up as disappointments and frustrations or worse? Is there any redeeming element to quarantine? Please join Rabbi Jacobson and discover the surprising and illuminating opportunity that Thanksgiving offers you this year -- an unprecedented gift allowing you to appreciate your life, your loved ones, your values in unprecedented ways. Develop a new understanding and respect for the power of gratitude and giving thanks, elevating the way you live your life, and transforming your very being and your relationships.
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November 26, 2020
The Soul's Social Dilemma: A Spiritual Take on the Popular Netflix Documentary
What impact does technology and social media have on our lives? Is it freeing or enslaving us? Is it helping us become greater and freer? Are we controlling it or is it controlling us? Much has been written and argued about on this topic. Two futuristic scenarios have been posited -- one in which machines end up ruling us, and the other in which we rule the machines. The latest popular Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, sounds the alarm about the way technology today controls us -- manipulating how we think, act, and live our lives. What can we do about it? How can we regain mastery over our lives while still using technology?  Please join Rabbi Jacobson for a fascinating new way of looking at the events of this world including social media -- through the eyes of your soul. How does your soul see the commotion and turbulence of physical existence and all its institutions and technologies? How does it experience information overload and sensory over stimulation? Discover powerful tools and methods to reclaim your destiny and live a life from the inside out instead of the outside in.
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November 20, 2020
Giving Yourself Spiritual Self Care
Do you take care of your soul as much as you do your body? Do you address your emotional, psychological and spiritual needs in a reactive way (responding to problems, crisis, trauma, fear) or in a proactive way (bolstering your spirit, and preempting issues)? In the United States alone over $350 trillion is annually spent on health care. $250 billion of that is spent on mental health. The real numbers are certainly higher than that. And these are just the financials. How about the amount of time and energy we invest in taking care of our bodies?! Now let’s ask ourselves: How about our souls — how much time and energy do we spend on our spiritual needs? The investment we make in our soul care in contrast to our body care couldn’t be more staggering. No wonder inner happiness and peace is so rare and elusive. Can we do anything to change that? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this penetrating talk which probes into the inner workings of your soul. Your soul is made up of ethereal components just as your body is made up of physical ones. Discover how to get an x-ray of your soul and identify which parts need strengthening. Learn exercises and “vitamins” that nourish and nurture the “muscles” of your soul’s different faculties. Imagine what your life would be like if you were working daily on actualizing and growing your soul’s hidden resources.
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November 12, 2020
Now What?
In a year filled with uncertainties — caused by the current pandemic and social upheavals — we now have another unknown on our hands: the results of a bitterly fought presidential election. After months of a nasty and polarizing campaign, exacerbated by partisan media, we all hoped that we finally would arrive at some resolution, if not peace of mind, with the election night results declaring a clearly defined winner. But no. We have not been allowed even this one brief reprieve. We don’t even know when we will know who the next president will be. And even when the winner will be announced, how will that impact our country and the world? What is going on? How do we explain the unknowns piling up one after another? Just nine months ago life seemed to be sailing along relatively smoothly, traveling on a pretty reliable trajectory. Our schedules and plans were in place; our institutions were stable (with the usual ups and downs of the ebb and flow). But then Covid-19 and its collateral impact disrupting every segment of society, with no clear path ahead. Doubt and uncertainty are very unsettling and disconcerting. They unnerve us and undermine our sense of security. How can we find some balance and equilibrium amidst today’s chaos and confusion? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this timely and relevant post-election talk and learn how to look at the unknowns of our lives with a new bird’s eye view perspective. Discover how to use disruption and unpredictability as a springboard to forge a visionary path into the future.
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November 06, 2020
Election 2020: Will Anyone Win?
Many battles sadly become an end in themselves, and drag on with no true winner. This can be due to a conflict losing sight of its initial objectives, or never having healthy objectives in the first place. Consider certain ugly litigation or divorce proceedings. At some point, these fights become trapped and entangled in emotional extremes with the only obvious winners being the high paid attorneys... It may not be the first time, but the 2020 presidential election seems particularly nasty and distasteful. Just listen to the comments of representatives of both parties, and of pundits on dueling media platforms. It's like two different universes. You would think that life is all black or white, good or evil, you're either totally right or totally wrong -- with absolutely no room for nuances, subtleties and the grey areas that define true life. Is it even possible that each side has some legitimate argument? When following current events -- hyped up by biased media on all ends -- many of us feel defiled and frankly, even violated. It's tempting to ask: If others want to fight "bloody" battles like wrestling gladiators, why do we need to be part of this spectacle? What true difference will the outcome have on our personal lives? What long-term collateral damage will all this acrimony create? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this refreshing discussion and discover ways to rise above the fray and ensure that no matter who wins the election, you and your family and friends come out as winners.
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October 29, 2020
Build Yourself an Ark: Riding the Waves of Uncertainty
What will the next few months bring? When will the pandemic and its effects come to an end? What long term impact will they have on our lives? Where are we headed? Our future has always been uncertain, but never has it been felt more than now. Among our many challenges today, uncertainty is perhaps the most debilitating one. And the conflicting messages inundating us from all directions only adds to the confusion. All the doubts and unknowns are very disconcerting. The conventional "responses" to coping with uncertainty are either 1) denial and escapism, burying your head in the sand and ignoring the unknowns, 2) retreating in fear, remaining stuck, to the point of paralysis, or 3) seeking (sometimes desperately) unrealistic magical solutions, crystal ball gazers, fortune tellers or psychics to help foretell the future. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he offers a 4125 year-old, time-tested formula for riding through the waves of uncertainty. Discover surprisingly simple methods and tools to build an "ark" that can protect and carry you -- and even help you grow -- when faced with the raging floodwaters of the unknown. Learn how to look at uncertainty in the face (without denial, retreat or fantasy) and not only not be overwhelmed, but come out stronger than ever. 
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October 23, 2020
Celebrating Vulnerability: The Source of Indestructible Strength
What feelings are evoked when you hear the word "vulnerability"? For many vulnerability is associated with being weak, powerless, fragile, defenseless, exposed. Does vulnerability make you feel threatened? That would seem to indicate that being vulnerable is hardly an optimal state. Indeed, in a hostile and dangerous world, driven by the survival of the fittest, it would make sense that vulnerability is a liability.. But is that true? Is there anything positive about vulnerability? Would you be surprised to learn that vulnerability is actually -- and counter intuitively --  the secret to indestructibility?  Please join Rabbi Jacobson in a discussion that will upend your entire view on security, resilience and lasting strength. Discover an alternative way of looking at life; how your essential nature, and the very nature of existence, is a place that should not frighten us, a place where vulnerability should not be feared. Quite the contrary: It should be embraced and celebrated. And by doing so, learn how vulnerability becomes the source of invincibility.
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October 01, 2020
Yom Kippur Within: Discover Yourself
Did you ever wonder what your core would look like if you were stripped of all the outer layers, projections, defense mechanisms and armor acquired through your life experiences? We are all shaped by the attitudes and influences of our parents, educators and peers, as well as by society and the media at large. Life's demands on us, coupled with other people's expectations of us, further define our choices and behaviors. With all these forces impacting and imposing themselves upon us, can you cut through the shrouds that often conceal what lies within, and discover the "real" you? The inner you? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this not-to-be-missed pre-Yom Kippur program, including a special Yizkor memorial service, honoring and immortalizing the souls of our loved ones. Learn about the five dimensions of your soul, and how you can usually access three conscious levels -- the behavioral, the emotional and the cognitive -- but on one unique day of the year you have the ability to reach and actualize your very essence.  Find out how you can indeed transcend your past and discover yourself like never before.
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September 24, 2020
Whats a Year It Has Been
A year like this does not come very often. Disruption on every front. Health. Economic. Political. Leadership. Travel. Leisure. Uncertainty hanging over us like a dark cloud. Tentativeness in the air. What will the fall bring? What will the future be like? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this special pre-Rosh Hashana talk offering powerful lessons and tools to face our current challenges. What will the new year bring? As we approach the New Year, discover how it provides us with a new perspective on today's events, and how our experiences during the past months can guide and empower us in forging a new reality.
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September 17, 2020
A Secret Weapon in These Trying Times
In dealing with our current crisis, virtually all discussions are about masks, social distancing, the search for a vaccine, economic relief programs, opening or closing of our cities, business and schools, and so on. While all these are vital, they can be summed up as defensive measures. Damage control. Attempts to put out or minimize the burning fires. Are there any offensive measures that we can take? Can we become proactive instead of reactive? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he proposes ways to become proactive and take the initiative in leading your life and the life of those around you to a greater place. Discover a secret antidote to upheaval and disruption -- tools that can help you take complete control over your attitude and behavior even when events around us are not in our control. How you can find inner certainty and direction even in uncertain times.
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September 10, 2020
Can You Prove G d's Existence?
God. That three letter word is fraught with more opinions, definitions, disagreements and implications than perhaps any other word we know. Much of the world and its nations have been shaped by religion and faith. Wars have been fought, people have been discriminated against and killed in the name of God or against God. Battles continue to rage until this very day about the existence of God and His role in out lives. This includes the battles between reason and faith, science and religion. There is virtually no area in life where God does not come into the picture, and where we cannot find a consensus. We can't even agree whether G-d's existence can be proven.  Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this engaging talk as he challenges us to ask the biggest question of all: before we try to prove God's existence we must first establish: How do we define God? What is considered to be legitimate proof? What role do our subjective life experiences play in our attitude to God, for good or for bad? How do our prejudices, biases and preconceived notions and stereotypes impact the way we look at God. Discover a fresh new way to look at the oldest and most fundamental topic of all: God.
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September 03, 2020
Social Media: Vice or Virtue?
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more: 🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullifecenter?sub_confirmation=1   Social media and technology in general have transformed the way we communicate and interact with each other. Has it improved or worsened our lives and relationships? It definitely has its benefits, and has opened up new opportunities. But it also presents us with many challenges: online addiction, escapism, living vicariously. And of course, the dark and horrific side of social media: an easy platform for predators to exploit the vulnerable and the young. The very blessings of technology can also become curses; just as it amplifies and accelerates the positive , it can do the same for the negative and malevolent.  Is social media emancipating or enslaving us? Are you controlling it or is it controlling you? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he dissects the pros and cons of social media, and introduces an oft overlooked dimension in the equation: Your personal role and responsibility in using technology, and for that matter, any object or force in existence.  All of life is defined by the triad of time, space and man, or as the  Kabbalists put it: time, space and soul. Does time, space and circumstances control you? Learn how to put your soul back in the drivers seat, to navigate and control your use of social media, rather than the other way around. How can we teach our children to properly use social media, in ways that will only help them grow? Watch the Weekly Global Class Playlist:  💻 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy0Ut8L2ycl_BHV8C7Mre3QnDarBWOHkR Let’s connect:  🌐Website - http://www.meaningfullife.com/   📷 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meaningful.life.center/   👍Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meaningfullifecenter/   💼LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjacobson1/   📧Email – wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com   💬WhatsApp – 347-766-7558  Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator and mentor to thousands. He is the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life (💎 https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Meaningful-Life-Menachem-Schneerson/dp/0062846485/ref=dp_ob_image_bk) which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 13 different languages. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times.   Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people's hearts and souls.  Please donate or sponsor a class, to help us continue and expand this life-affirming work 💓 https://www.meaningfullife.com/donate.    #MeaningfulLifeCenter #AppliedKabbalah #WeeklyMasterclass #SocialMedia #ViceOrVirtue
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August 31, 2020
The Kabbalah of Health
Your body serves as a vehicle to carry your soul through life. Just as you would not harm another person, you should not harm your own body. It is your duty to eat well, to rest, to stay in shape, and to treat your body with respect in every way. Physical fitness is not arbitrary or optional; it is part of your responsibility to yourself. On the other hand, worshipping the body is destructive. The body is a vehicle for the soul; its value lies there, not as an end unto itself. Many people today are health-conscious. We understand that being healthy makes us feel better, makes us more productive, and ultimately lengthens our lives. We realize that when we are healthy, we can concentrate on family and work, and the other things that are important to us. But most significantly, a healthy body allows you to concentrate on your soul, enabling you to fulfill your divine mission in this world and live a meaningful life.  Remember that the health of your body is dependent on the health of your soul. And it is your responsibility to nourish them both. When your body or soul cries out, recognize the symptoms for what they are: an urgent request for you to address their needs, be they spiritual or physical.
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August 21, 2020
The Zodiac: Is My Life Predestined?
Do you control your destiny or is your life predetermined? Is the Zodiac real or a myth? Do its signs play any role or have any significance in our lives? These are not theoretical questions. If our lives are predestined, then we must wonder whether we have any free choice. And the answer to that question has far reaching implications in our lives. If your destiny has already been determined then what meaning does your life have and how invested will you be in your choices and decisions, which can't change your outcome? What hope is there for someone who is predestined to suffer? A life that is controlled by forces beyond ourselves essentially renders us powerless. All these issues are acutely amplified in these disruptive and uncertain times, when we are clearly not in control of of schedules and futures. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this vital talk about the very meaning of our lives -- about the essence of our beings and our contributions. Are we pre-wired programmed machines, like the entire universe, governed by the deterministic laws of nature? Or do we humans have the ability to transcend the parameters of our defined structures? Discover how your soul has the power to break free of the confines of existence and of your predispositions -- and how you can indeed control the unfolding drama of your life. How you hold in your hands the destiny of your life and the destiny of the world.
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August 13, 2020
The Kabbalah of Jekyll and Hyde
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more: 🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullif...  Good and evil has always intrigued and mystified us. Each one of us has both a beautiful and ugly side. It may be called light and shadow, noble and cruel, selfless and selfish -- whatever terms you use -- these two forces are real within you and I. And they are in perpetual battle: Which voice will prevail? But there are deeper and critically important questions about the good and evil potential within us.  Are you primarily one or the other? Or are they equal powers? Are some of us wired to be better and other wired the other way? Can we separate between the good and the bad, or is every move we make a combination of the two? Is there good without bad, and bad without good? And perhaps the biggest question of all: What exactly is evil? Can we harness and transform the bad? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this fascinating exploration of the roots of good and evil. The journey begins by tracing our way back to the story of the mysterious Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden. What type of tree was this? What is wrong with eating from a tree that allows you to know good and evil? What were the consequences of this event and how do they impact us today? Since God is all good, where does evil originate from? In this powerful presentation -- using Stevenson's classic about Dr. Jekyll's experiment to separate his kind and his ugly nature -- discover the inner soul of good and bad, and its application to our lives today. Watch the Weekly Global Class Playlist:  💻 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Let’s connect:  🌐Website - http://www.meaningfullife.com/   📷 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meaningful....   👍Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulli...   💼LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjaco...   📧Email – wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com   💬WhatsApp – 347-766-7558  Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator and mentor to thousands. He is the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life (💎 https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Meaning...) which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 13 different languages. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times.   Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people's hearts and souls.  Please donate or sponsor a class, to help us continue and expand this life-affirming work 💓 https://www.meaningfullife.com/donate.    #MeaningfulLifeCenter  #AppliedKabbalah #WeeklyMasterclass
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August 13, 2020
Rise from the Ashes
Is there hope after loss? Rebuilding after destruction? Love after betrayal? Life after death? Too often we give up after we have experienced hurt and disappointment, especially when the abuse is repeated and sustained. Once our trust has been breached, it becomes increasingly difficult to trust again. After being invalidated and rejected time after time, a demoralized child tragically begins to lower his/her expectations, to the point of feeling resigned that s/he does not deserve to be loved and nurtured. As the child grows into an adult this lack of confidence haunts the development of healthy relationships. What can be done about this? Can you grow beyond your traumas and pains? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this special Tisha B’Av program, and discover how this saddest day of the year paradoxically contains the secret to the most fundamental truths in life: How to rebuild trust after betrayal and regain hope after loss. Learn methods how to rise and grow from the ashes even when your “structures” may have burned down. How the deepest redemption is born in the flames of destruction. Watch the Weekly Global Class Playlist:  💻 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Let’s connect:  🌐Website - http://www.meaningfullife.com/   📷 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meaningful....   👍Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meaningfulli...   💼LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjaco...   📧Email – wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com   💬WhatsApp – 347-766-7558  Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator and mentor to thousands. He is the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life (💎 https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Meaning...) which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 13 different languages. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times.   Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people's hearts and souls.  Please donate or sponsor a class, to help us continue and expand this life-affirming work 💓 https://www.meaningfullife.com/donate. 
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July 30, 2020
Elephants and Donkeys: Where Are the Humans?
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more: 🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullif...  It's beyond absurd to witness the man-made problems we are creating today due to our divisiveness and inability to civilly communicate with each other -- especially evident in the looming presidential election campaign. It's bad enough that we are have on our hands a global pandemic destabilizing and disorienting the citizens of the world -- something which we did not bring upon ourselves. Why, in the world would we then magnify and complicate matters by bringing upon ourselves this maddening division, even to the point of hatred?!  One would think that when we are all facing a national and international health crisis and all its disruptive effects, threatening us all equally, we would come together to serve our common and mutual interest. Instead, as bizarre as it sounds, the problems are only being amplified and exacerbated many times over by the politicization of the issues and the resulting polarization -- tearing our country and the world apart! Where are our leaders?! Our politicians and media (with a few exceptions), instead of displaying unity, are in many ways at the "helm" of this great divide. Today's media has become, in many ways, a form of "entertainment," offering "gladiator"-style duels and showdowns, feeding into our basest instincts and lowest common denominator. Imagine a family member falling ill, and instead of joining together to help their loved one, a family feud breaks out arguing over who is in control or other petty issues...   Our political process has been rendered into a literal battle between elephants and donkeys, leaving so many of us simply disgusted, and even cynical, about the entire system. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this eye-opening talk, as he finds insights and direction from a most surprising place: the very origins of the political parties association with the donkey (Democrats) and elephant (Republicans). What began in 1828 an insult to Andrew Jackson, ironically turned into a "proud" symbol of the Democratic party. In this fascinating presentation Rabbi Jacobson offers a refreshing -- and even revolutionary -- take on current events, and come away with a new perspective and approach to our polarized society. Discover how to reintroduce the human spirit back into the mud-slinging wrestling match between the elephants and the donkeys. And above all,  practical advice and guidelines how you and I -- each one of us -- can do things to be part of the solution (and not part of the problem) and help remedy the situation. 
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July 23, 2020
Entertainment Within: How Dependent Are You on Outer Stimuli?
For the first time in our lives, virtually all public entertainment venues are closed down -- stadiums, concerts, theaters, preforming arts, museums, clubs, amusement parks, galas and parties. This unique situation presents us with a rare opportunity to step back and ask ourselves: What role does entertainment have in my life? What happens when many of my entertainment options are not available: I don't have Wimbledon to look forward to; I can't go watch my favorite baseball team play a competitive game with its arch-rival? Every deprivation allows you to see deeper truths about yourself: What are you like without the things you usually depend upon? What impact is it having on your life? How dependent are you on outer stimuli? Do you live vicariously through your heroes and stars? Do you know how to find inner inspiration? How do you strike a healthy balance between inner and outer stimuli? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he dissects the anatomy of entertainment and examines the root causes of its powerful effect on us. Why are we drawn to various forms of entertainment and how does it stimulate us? What part of your psyche does it impact? Is there a difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of entertainment? How can you assure that others inspiring you does not replace your need to inspire yourself? How can we find alternative ways to awaken passion and excitement from within?
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July 16, 2020
What Will the New Normal Look Like?
Everybody is now asking the big question: When will life go back to normal? What will the new norm look like? Will anything change? But the bigger question we should be asking is: What exactly is "normal"? Is "normal" defined by the usual routines and patterns we are accustomed to? How do we really know that the conditions we consider to be "norms" are actually true and real? Perhaps they are just a result of our own subjective perceptions and experiences? "Normal" for some people can even be unhealthy and toxic. Shouldn't the current disruptions and upheavals serve as an unprecedented opportunity to question and challenge our assumptions about what is truly important, valuable and... normal? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he, in his inimitable style, challenges our "comfort zones" and our very definition of "normal" and other assumed truths. Discover how revisiting preconceived notions opens up surprisingly new perspectives and deeper truths. The upending of our previously-held givens in these times of crisis allows you to see the bigger picture, and recognize a far more expansive "normal" -- and reclaim yourself in the process.
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July 09, 2020
Are You Judgmental?
It's hard to imagine most people acknowledging that they are judgmental. We usually find explanations and excuses for criticizing and judging others. "I am not judging that person, all I am is pointing out their faults." "It's not about me, it's about the truth and upholding higher standards."  "God has a problem with that person, not me." These are some of the most common justifications for being judgmental. And yet, there are many judgmental people on this planet. More than we would like to admit. Are you one of them? Remember, you can also be overly judgmental of yourself. The big question to be asked is: why? Why is it so easy for a person to judge another? Who gave us that right? And what compels us to do so? Just because you disagree with someone, does that mean that you have to judge him? If you witness or hear about someone behaving in a way that seems wrong, how can you jump to a conclusion and judge that person without further investigation? And even if you establish that a wrong was done, how does that translate into judging the individual, not just the action, as if his behavior is emblematic of his entire person? And if you judge others out of a sense of moral one-upmanship, ask yourself: who appointed you as having a monopoly on morality? Is it possible that judging others is a defense mechanism; a way of elevating ourselves and feeling superior? Is being judgmental ever appropriate? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses a topic deeply relevant to our times of personal and cultural upheaval. Discover how to look at yourself with a new set of eyes, and what questions to ask that help you identify the roots of judgmentalism, and distinguish between genuine respect for higher standards and rejection of negative behavior, while not resorting and stooping to judgment. And above all, learn how judgmentalism is a product of shallow and superficial attitudes, and at the end of the day, coming in touch with your core essence builds your self-esteem, which in turn helps you recognize the core essence of others, allowing you to see them in a positive light.
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July 02, 2020
Coal to Diamond
How Do You React Under Pressure? The Rebbe’s revolutionary message for our turbulent times Crisis and pressure brings out the best in some people and the worst in others. Many lose their composure and confidence when squeezed. They get overwhelmed and can even crumble under pressure. And there are those that maintain their balance and calm; some even rise to the occasion in stressful situations.  Is this difference wired or acquired? is the way we deal with challenging situations based on our natural innate resources, is it due to parental and other formative influences, or can we be taught new ways how to cope with pressure? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this special program, as he honors his great mentor by presenting methodologies that each of us can employ to access deeper resources within ourselves to face even the most daunting circumstances. Discover how pressure can actually draw out your greatest potential, your deepest and strengths. Remember, only extreme pressure turns carbon into diamond; only when you press an olive does it produce oil; and like a teabag, you don't know how strong you are until you find yourself in hot water...
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June 25, 2020
Where Are Our Leaders?
With all the incessant and unrelenting talk addressing the upheavals of our time, one critical element is glaringly missing in the conversation: The utter lack of visionary leadership.  Can you recall one -- even one -- memorable and inspiring talk delivered by any of our so-called leaders, giving us hope and confidence, calling upon our noble spirits, offering us a clear and focused long-term vision. Someone who invokes our past history of resilience under pressure, discovering greater strengths in times of crisis, learning how to grow and thrive -- not just survive -- through the greatest difficulties. The "leaders" of our time -- in politics, business, academia, education, even religious leaders; not to mention our celebrities, in film, music, sports and entertainment -- have at best taken a reactive posture, addressing -- some better than others -- the presenting challenges on the ground.  Some are completely silent. Others are speaking up, but very often pandering and politicizing positions in our polarized climate.  We cannot minimize the crucial role of our health community, the selfless heroism of our first responders, and the overall efforts of so many in helping save lives. Different government leaders have risen to the occasion offering us advice on containing the virus and protecting ourselves and others, through quarantine, masks, when and how to reopen our institutions and economy,  and other (hopefully) sound guidance during this pandemic. But a leader is much more than a firefighter, a proficient administrator and an expert manager. He is not just someone who can flatten the curve and contain the burning fires -- the fires of Covid-19 or the fires of racial unrest.. A true leader provides a higher purpose to life and its challenges.While addressing the immediate crisis and mobilizing the best and most efficient possible teams to handle the challenges on the ground, a real leader offers the people a long-term vision, a strong and resolute voice, resonating with moral and spiritual clarity.   So where are our leaders? For whatever reason, that story-line has not appeared. You don't want to miss this important talk by Rabbi Jacobson, addressing the underlying reasons for our leadership vacuum, and what we can do about it.  An excerpt: "Leaders reflect the times and the generation in which they live; they mirror the people, their standards and social attitudes. Leaders are an excellent litmus test of our values, goals and aspirations. if you want to know the priorities of a community or a nation check out the leaders they embrace. It's a myth to believe that our leaders are removed from, and can be expected to live up to, higher standards than we ourselves value. "What do we see when we look at our generation? We have lived for some time in  a vacuous material world, where success and leadership is defined by superficial matters; sports, entertainment and glitz (e.g. Academy Awards), and the biggest event of the year is the Super Bowl. We have become spoiled. Our success and prosperity has dulled our senses and caused us to become apathetic to higher core values. What leaders do you expect in a world like this?"
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June 18, 2020
How to Plan for an Unknown Future
Why does the unknown unnerve and frighten us?  Just witness the way people are struggling with the uncertain future created by the pandemic, coupled now by the racial unrest raging in our cities. The disruption of everything we usually relied on - our schedules, our plans, our work, our children's activities, our travels -- virtually every one of our otherwise dependable routines, is shaking us all up. So much about life is unknown. Indeed, whatever we know is just a fraction of what is unknown. The more we learn about the universe and about our own bodies, the more we recognize how much more there is to learn and discover. Scientific breakthroughs in quantum mechanics and neuroscience (to name just two examples) have shown us that when we peer into the building blocks of existence, we discover that we have barely pierced the surface. As we have discovered molecules, and beneath that atoms, made up of subatomic particles, we wonder how many further layers lay beneath? How far down does the "rabbit hole" go? How many sub-sub-sub-sub... dimensions are there? The same with DNA and other microscopic forces. The deeper we dig, the deeper are the depths that emerge. The higher we climb, the broader the horizons. True knowledge includes knowing the unknown. As the sages teach us,"The ultimate knowledge is knowing that you don't know," which means knowing that there is much more to know, to the point that you come to know the unknowable. So then why is it so difficult and unsettling to deal with an unknown and uncertain future? Is it possible that we have become so accustomed and attached -- even addicted -- to our knowable and predictable comfort zones, that now, when they are disrupted, we cannot easily embrace the unknown? Has our prosperity and high standard of living distracted and caused us to forget the awe of the unknown? Is our need for control a result of deeper insecurities -- relying on impermanent things for safety?  Do you know how to let go and celebrate your vulnerability? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson on an extraordinary journey into the deeper mysteries of life, and learn how to embrace the mystique and grandeur of the unknown. Discover how we gain true control when we let go of control. How the unknowable works hand-in-hand with the knowable, as the unconscious works hand-in-hand with the conscious -- weaving together an exquisite and exhilarating picture of true reality.
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June 11, 2020
The Jewish Response to Racism: Timeless Lessons about Growing Through Oppression
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, another pandemic has taken to the streets. Cities are burning across the U.S., filled with people protesting racism, including angry mobs looting and violently attacking police and innocent sto