Meaningful Life Skills: Weekly Global Class

Meaningful Life Skills: Weekly Global Class

By Rabbi Simon Jacobson
The ultimate Torah class with Rabbi Simon Jacobson. A spiritual workshop that will inspire and teach you how to transform your personal life. Get unlimited free downloads of MP3 recordings of all classes in this series with a free membership at www.meaningfullife.com/join.
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Bringing Sinai Home
Where does heaven meet earth? Can we rise and transcend our physical limitations and social distancing? is it possible to fuse matter and spirit? Can a mortal creature experience immortality? Can a finite being touch infinity? Do we have the ability to unite with the divine in our homes as we do in our synagogues? An event took place 3332 years ago, which changed the world forever and contains the answer to these and many more fundamental life questions. And this event is relevant today more than ever.  As we remain restricted or quarantined in our homes, one may think that our confined state limits our ability to manifest the unlimited divine. Sinai teaches us that nothing can be further from the truth. On the contrary: The earthshaking and life transforming Sinai revolution married heaven and earth, and empowered us to connect our fragile mundane existence with eternity, and manifest the Divine Essence itself in our individual homes, hearts and souls. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this special pre-Shavuos class and Yizkor program and discover how this year, we have a unique and unprecedented opportunity to bring Sinai home and transform our lives like never before. In the moving Yizkor program learn how to connect to the eternal souls of your loved ones. Where does heaven meet earth? Right at your doorstep. Share this video with a friend:  💌 https://youtu.be/G0aS0Pua--4  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. 
1:07:19
May 28, 2020
Can a Soul Be Quarantined?
Quarantine has challenged us in so many different ways. What are you like when you can't go to work, school, ballparks, theaters, restaurants, vacation spots and all your regular destinations? What part of us emerges when we don't have our usual outlets? In times like this, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is this: When your physical movements are limited, what happens to your soul? When our usual routines were in place, some of us may have not given our souls much thought. But whether you have been in touch with your soul or not, now is an opportune time to think about and get to know your soul. What distinguishes your soul from your body? How different are their functions and perspectives?  Do they see and experience the world in the same way? Is your soul contained by space and time -- and other parameters -- that limit physical matter?  How do we define the parameters of a soul? Can a soul be quarantined? Can it be trapped and enslaved?  Please join Rabbi Jacobson on a fascinating journey -- the journey of a soul, the journey of your soul. Unconfined by the trappings of the body, discover how to unleash the free spirit of your soul and soar to unprecedented heights. Learn how to look at life through the lens of your soul instead of the lens of your body, and, in the process, transform you and everything about you.
39:59
May 21, 2020
Quarantined and Addicted: How Can I Break Free?
Subscribe to the Meaningful Life Center YouTube Channel for more  🔔 https://www.youtube.com/meaningfullif...  Quarantine does strange things to people. It can bring out the best or the worst in us. For many of us, being locked down at home has evoked a new appreciation of our loved ones, strengthened bonds and connections, revealed new strengths and creativity. But sadly, for others it has intensified stress, fear and insecurity. Pressures, imposed limits and constraints, push us to our limits and amplify or expose cracks and  wounds. Add addiction into the equation... What impact does all this have on addiction? When our usual routines and structures are disrupted, when we're isolated and have fewer outlets of escape, the loneliness and the inner void could drive many -- especially those who have suffered from past addictions -- to seek relief through unhealthy and destructive substances and behaviors. Unfortunately, the rise of addictions would seem inevitable during such times and begs the question: If addictions are notoriously, perpetually difficult to break, how much more difficult does this prove to be when we face today's challenges? Can we -- and how can we -- free ourselves? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this timely talk, as he dissects the anatomy of addiction. What is addiction? What is it that drives us to addictions that wrest away control of our lives, in the first place? No one sets out with a goal to become... an addict. Which healthy person would want to become a slave, utterly dependent upon a foreign force, essentially at war with themselves?! Discover how the root of addiction is driven by the need for love and connection. Human beings crave attachment. When we lack healthy attachments, we turn to unhealthy ones. Learn how to transform the dysfunction into the functional; how to gain relief of emptiness and demons by redirecting and channeling cravings toward transcendent goals. You can turn the intense energy of addiction into powerful devotion; commitment to the most noble and lofty of goals, and convert that powerful energy to being the best you can be. Share this video with a friend:  💌 https://youtu.be/G0aS0Pua--4  Watch the Spiritual Antidote 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. 
55:47
May 14, 2020
Can You Be Alone?
Quarantine is exposing us like never before. Stripped of so many of our otherwise conventional support systems -- our workplaces, our social circles, our cafes, restaurants, theaters, stadiums, our travel plans and vacations -- we are left now to our bare internal resources searching for stimulation. Just a few months ago, we could avail ourselves of endless places and outlets to escape feeling alone. We were able to share with others "a cup called loneliness, because it's better than drinking alone." Our external togetherness concealed our lonesomeness. But today -- among many other challenges --- we face the prospect of being alone, in solitude, alienated in isolation. Today, in virtually every aspect of our lives, the pandemic lock down is challenging us in numerous ways, challenging our very identities. Without external structures to depend upon, the question stares us in the face: Am I all alone? Does anyone care about me? Do I have any value while locked in at home? Do I know how to be alone? Loneliness can be quite terrifying. We thrive on love and connection with others. From our earliest childhood, and even in our mothers wombs, our very psyches are shaped and defined by human touch and nurturing. Feeling all alone can be devastating. Every pain and trauma can be endured when you feel cared for; when others are in it with you; when there is a measure of hope. But to suffer alone is an unimaginable hell too difficult to comprehend.  Yet, counterintuitively, quarantine also opens up new and unprecedented opportunities. It compels us to experience our very selves, who we are at our core, unhindered by the dazzle and glitz of our ornate vestments. It reveals the ultimate prize of being alone: Your uniquely beautiful and precious self.  Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he explores the positive side of being alone. Discover the  truly inimitable and indispensable you. You were born an original; don't become a copy. Reclaim your exceptionalism and embrace what you - and only you - can accomplish in this world. Share this video with a friend:  💌 https://youtu.be/G0aS0Pua--4  Watch the Spiritual Antidote 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. 
52:37
May 7, 2020
Raising Children in Times of Uncertainty
Among the many challenges we face today, one of the most important is: How to speak to our children? What should we be telling them when so much of what we relied on has been disrupted? How do we provide security and reassure our children, both emotionally and psychologically, amid a climate of fear and uncertainty? In this time of crisis and upheaval we actually have an unprecedented opportunity to shape, educate and inculcate into our children indispensable strengths and tools that will serve them for the rest of their lives.  Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he presents L.E.A.D.E.R. -- a novel and dynamic program that promises to train our children to become leaders instead of followers, proactive instead of reactive, initiators instead of "waiters" -- to face adversity with courage and fortitude, and build a far better world. L.E.A.D.E.R. Long Term Empower Act Determine Empathize Redeem
52:53
May 1, 2020
Stay Home: Discover the Center of Your Universe
Just a few months ago very few of us were concerned with the question of how to balance our work life and our home life. Even if we were concerned, we didn't do much about it. The conflicts and tensions between our vocations and our homes, between our careers and our families, were usually "resolved" (or better said: unresolved) through either denial, compartmentalization, compromising our homes in face of our career climbing and social status, or a combination of the above. Foundations are invisible to the eye, and are often overlooked and overshadowed by the glitz and drama of our "upper floors." But now that our workplaces and public squares have been closed down, and we have been quarantined in our homes, we are compelled to ask ourselves: What does home mean and how vital is it for our well-being? What is the foundation, and what should be the priority, of our lives?  What is the means and what is the end? Where should our energies be focused for maximum impact? Why are we here? Both historically and personally, on a macrocosmic and microcosmic level, home was always the base and core -- the nest and foundation -- of our existence. From the beginning of time the home was the center-point of our lives. In the pre-modern and pre-industrial age, work was seen as menial labor, only as a means to provide for our homes and families to build and grow. At some point in the last few centuries the focus shifted from our homes to our workplaces and social environments. The same is true on a personal and psychological level: For every one of us to grow into healthy and secure adults we first need nurturing and loving homes to build out confidence and self-esteem. But at some point as we mature into adults, we can often lose and forget the vital importance of our homes and families. What would you be like without a solid home and unconditional love? Would a bird have the courage to fly if it had no nest? Our new and unexpected state of affairs, with essentially all our previous life "centers' disrupted or suspended, offers us a rare and unprecedented opportunity to revisit the role and centrality of home in our lives, and answer critical questions that until now were buried beneath our demanding schedules and routines. Please join Rabbi Jacobson on an eye-opening journey into the core of our beings, and the importance that home - both literally and figuratively -- plays in the shaping and success of our lives. Discover the emotional and psychological significance and power of your home. A home is much more than a shelter and respite from the hostile world. A home is a nurturing womb; a comforting hearth -- a launchpad that allows you to spread your wings and soar to unprecedented heights. Learn how to use this strange and difficult time to appreciate your gifts like never before. You will never look at your home and family the same way again.
50:53
April 23, 2020
Do You Feel Secure? What Can We Rely On and What Defines True Safety
Security is a vital need in every person's life. Children need secure homes, dependable parents and reliable schedules to grow into self-confident adults. Adults spend their lives building security for themselves and their families. Virtually every aspect of a wholesome and successful life requires solid and unwavering foundations, like a deeply rooted tree. But what happens when our conventional security blankets have been stripped away from us? Besides for feeling disconcerted and unnerved, we are challenged to ask ourselves: What indeed defines true security? Is it our health, our jobs, our money, our equity? Can anything in the material world assure us of permanent safety? After all, everything material is impermanent and perishable; everything mortal erodes and ultimately dies. How then can we find security in an ephemeral reality? What will provide us with everlasting and trustworthy safety, and what can we  truly depend on? As part of our new Corona series offering empowering resources in these challenging times, we are pleased to offer you a special program in which Rabbi Jacobson addresses the question on all our minds today: Where can I find security and safety in a time when all our usually reliable systems and schedules have been upended and disrupted? The answer lies in discovering deeper resources that perhaps have never been accessed. When your conventional outer world has been destabilized, you can find permanent and enduring security within your inner self.
51:22
April 2, 2020
When Your Reality is No Longer Real
Today's global pandemic has upended people's entire realities. Whatever we thought was real and reliable just a few weeks ago, has now been destabilized and stripped away from us. Our schedules, our jobs, our economy, our plans, our vacations, our children's routines -- virtually every aspect of our lives is no longer what it was. And what will tomorrow bring? When our pre-existing realities are no longer serving us, we can either allow these earth-shaking events to unnerve and demoralize us, or we can view them as an opportunity that challenges us to ask what indeed is real: Our perceived realities of the past, or perhaps something far more grand and beyond our usual ostensible experiences? Please join Rabbi Jacobson, in this must-view presentation, on a journey into an inner and higher reality -- one that is far beyond our common superficial perceptions. Learn how to use this time, when our our existing systems and realities are under question and even crumbling, as an opening to experience a deeper reality. Discover new unprecedented horizons, and how to integrate them into your life and the life of your families and relationships.
50:57
March 26, 2020
Coronavirus: How Should We React?
The unprecedented global Coronavirus pandemic - Covin-19 - is effecting literally every person on earth, and disrupting every sector and industry. We turn to the medical community and our political leaders to do whatever they can to contain and ultimately eradicate the disease, as well as mitigate its economic and other effects on our lives. But how do we address the emotional and psychological toll this is taking on our psyches? Every day things change, and the unknown future is driving fear and panic into people's hearts. With schools closed, travel all but ended, public events banned, people working from home, the stock market plunging - with virtually every detail of our lives rattled -- how can we prevent this craziness from not driving us all mad? In many ways, demoralization and fear can be even more debilitating than the virus itself. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he presents a 3800-year-old time-tested formula for becoming stronger and more powerful in face of crisis and upheaval. Discover what we can learn from the endurance of the Jewish people throughout history despite all the oppression and suffering they experienced. What deeper significance does the Coronavirus have, and what spiritual antidote can counter its impact on us? We may not be able to control the worldwide spread of the virus, but we can control our attitude to it. And when we do, we can define our destinies and come out stronger than ever.
34:13
March 19, 2020
The Transcendent Power of Joy
Often, to appreciate a gift, we need to imagine what life would be like without it. What would our lives be like without joy? Without happiness? Even with the capacity for joy life can be quite difficult. Devoid of any joy, it would simply be unfathomable to imagine how unbearable existence would be.  But if joy is such a necessity, why is it at times so difficult to access? Is there anything we can do to become happier people? Before we can answer these questions, we first need to understand what exactly is joy and what role it plays in our lives. Many of us confuse joy with pleasure, and think that we become happy through gratifying our desires. With such a distorted perception of joy, no wonder we aren't becoming happier people. Don't miss this eye-opening -- and heart-opening -- talk by Rabbi Jacobson, which dissects the anatomy of joy and the essential nutrients it provides us. Discover how joy is actually the experience of transcendence. And like oxygen for the body, the transcendent power of joy is absolutely necessary for a wholesome, successful and fulfilling life.
45:13
March 12, 2020
Happiness: Inherent or Acquired?
Can every one be happy? The way some people describe their negativity and even hopelessness, you would think that not everybody is blessed with the capacity to be happy? But that is not true. Happiness seems to be inherent to the human condition. Look at children. They are naturally happy people. Buoyant and enthusiastic. So then, how do happy children become sad adults? When and how do they lose their positivity? How do calm children become anxious adults? And how can we retrace the steps and reclaim our inherent joy? The answer to these questions carries the secret to happiness Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this journey into our core beings and discover the natural spring of joy flowing in the inner chambers our hearts and souls. Yes indeed, beneath and within layers upon layers of your assumed personality and collective experiences lies a live reservoir brimming with optimism and happiness. And it's waiting to be released. Learn how to access and actualize the natural joy that is your birthright.
42:03
March 5, 2020
Just Dance: How to Fake it Till You Make it - Escaping Loneliness and Depression
Happiness is as elusive as it is cherished. We all want to be happy. Joyous people are healthier and more productive. And yet, it seems so challenging to find inner joy, especially in trying circumstances. Is there a formula for happiness? Perhaps we have to begin with the questions: What exactly is happiness? And how can we acquire it? John Stuart Mill famously said: "Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so." "Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end." So then what should we fix our minds and hearts on to achieve happiness? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he discusses how the fundamental nature of happiness is directly linked to the very core of the human being: understanding who you are and your higher purpose in life is intrinsically connected to your level of happiness. Discover the two dimensions of your psyche -- your outer you and your inner you. Learn how the inner you is always happy but the outer you needs to often be coerced to dance and celebrate. At times you may need to fake it till you make it; but then  you come to recognize in the process that you are not faking it at all; you are simply "fooling" your outer you, allowing it to access your true innate happiness.
44:02
February 27, 2020
The Kabbalah of Psychology: The Study of the Soul
Psychology - the study of the soul - is not a modern phenomenon. It is an inherent part of the human condition. As long as human beings have been in existence, we have been seeking and struggling to understand what makes us tick. What forces shape and define us and our behavior? How much potential do we contain? Are we intrinsically selfish or selfless? How much of our lives is controlled by pre-wired circuitry and how much is in our control? Can we overcome fear, insecurity and distrust? What is love? Obviously, the more we understand our inner workings -- the DNA of our psyches and souls -- the more we can grow and improve the welfare of our lives and our relationships; the more we can transcend our fears and anxieties. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this fascinating journey into the earliest origins of human psychology. Plumb the depths of the psyche and the roots of human consciousness and beyond. What defines a healthy psyche? What is the genesis of dissonance and duality? Is consciousness our ultimate state? Are we doomed to living fragmented lives? What can we learn from a newborn about our natural selves? A remarkable analysis of the Tree of Knowledge story in Genesis reveals for us the core of our beings, what is our calling in life, how we should look at ourselves, even when we betray ourselves, and how after we have wandered off, we can retrace our steps to regain a state of seamless fusion with our purest essence.
41:16
February 20, 2020
Honesty in a World of Deception
Why be honest when we see deception everywhere we turn? We all consider truth and honesty as true virtues, and no one likes being called a liar. So why is it that so many people lie? And why is it so easy to lie? Is deception a natural part of the world order, or is it an aberration? Can we maintain our integrity and succeed in a duplicitous world? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he, in his inimitable style, digs into the core roots of deceit and deception. If all of existence and each single being began as one unified, seamless entity (one cell), how did duality and dissonance come to be? By understanding the origins of duplicity we learn how to counter its far-reaching effects, and discover ways to deceive deception and bring unity, honesty and truth into a false world
52:05
February 13, 2020
A Vision for the 21st Century
Six Revolutionary Principles that Can Transform Your Life Become a LEADER Long Term/Mission Empowerment/Initiative Actualization: Potential opportunities; Action oriented Determination/Persistence Empathy Redemption Applied to and Impacting: Relationships・Education・Personal/Emotional Issues・Technology・Religion
1:10:51
February 10, 2020
Fear is the Enemy of Success
Fear is one of the most powerful and misunderstood forces in our lives. It's formidable impact on virtually all our decisions, and lack of decisions, is compounded by the fact that fear is invisible and silent. You can't see or touch it. And you certainly can't measure it. Even though we feel, at times, palpable fright, most of fear's effects on our behavior cannot easily be traced to fear. We often justify our indecisiveness and lack of commitment with other reasons and excuses than fear, even though fear may be the root cause of our tentativeness. Can we quantify how much fear impedes our ability to grow and succeed? How can we overcome our fears? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he takes us on a journey into the roots of the abyss called fear, where does it originate and how can we reverse its effects on us. Discover ways to counter fear and develop the courage embedded within your spirit to free yourself of fears tentacles. Learn how you are never alone, and that there are powerful forces that travel with you even into the darkest shadows.
43:04
January 30, 2020
How to Forgive When You Cannot Forget
Many of us carry painful memories of hurtful experiences in our pasts. Some of these memories remain etched in our psyches, at times even haunting and disrupting our lives -- in ways that we are aware of, and often unaware of. How many of our emotional fears, insecurities and trust issues are a result of old scars? How then can we move on from these deep wounds? Can we free ourselves from the tentacles of difficult past experiences? Is it possible to forgive if you cannot forget? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he tackles these big questions, and offers a method and formula for not allowing painful memories define who you are; not allowing your past define your future. Discover the power of forgiveness -- how it is not just about forgiving another, but forgiving yourself; how it allows you to transcend your experiences and achieve closure even if you may never forget what hurt you. Learn how to access dimensions within yourself that help you liberate your spirit from the forces that keep it trapped, and spread your wings to scale new heights.
46:40
January 23, 2020
The Art of Connection and Communication: How to Listen and Be Heard
Lying at the heart of all relationships -- personal, social, professional, political -- is communication. The manner in which spouses, parents and children, neighbors, friends, co-workers, employers, employees, communities and nations speak and listen (or don't) to each other carries the key to thriving, lasting, and healthy connections. Even when there is concern and love between different people or groups, very often they are lacking the tools to properly express their feelings. In effect then, mastering the art of communication is the defining blueprint that leads to family, domestic, national and global peace, harmony, and tranquility. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this important, fundamental talk on the secret to true and effective communication. Discover that communicating is more about connecting and building trust than it is about expressing thoughts; speaking is more about listening than about voicing opinions; more about empathy than data; and the most successful way to be heard is to listen. Remember, people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
44:10
January 16, 2020
Self-Motivation Tips: How to Get out Your Comfort Zone on a Consistent Basis
Ahh. Comfort zones. They sound so... comforting. Do you anyone that likes to leave their comfort zone? And yet, every form of growth is dependent on going out of comfort zones. As long as you stay safe in your predictable and conventional routines, nothing new will be born. That is why it is so difficult to change and break out of our habits and patterns. The inertia of the status quo generates enormous force. But being an invisible power, concealed in lethargy, we grossly underestimate its impact on holding us back from movement and change. Is there a way to motivate and propel yourself out of your comfort zone and reach great new heights? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this inspiring lesson offering methods and tools to break out of your trappings and discover new openings and possibilities. And not just on a temporary basis, but in a consistent and sustainable fashion. Find out how you carry within yourself inherent strengths that can challenge your tendency to stagnate. Learn how to spread your wings and soar to unprecedented horizons.
46:03
January 9, 2020
2020: A Vision for Tomorrow Part II
As we enter 2020, the third decade of the third millennium, many of us are wondering what the future holds. We are currently experiencing plenty of changes. Polarization and upheaval is in the air. The road ahead will certainly offer us many opportunities while also presenting us with many challenges. But we are often trapped by nearsightedness, in which we only see the here and now and cannot see beyond our noses. What will the next decade bring? How will our future look? Are we entering a new world order? Can we identify signs and patterns that help us forecast the world of tomorrow? What methods can we employ to help us navigate the terrain of the coming years. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in part two of this 2020 workshop as he takes a birds' eye view on our unfolding lives and evolving world. By looking at the big picture with a panoramic lens we can discover a broader perspective of our lives and destinies. We can learn to recognize the inner narrative and choreography of today's events, which in turn informs the details of our small picture, and allows us to make better decisions and plans. What better way to enter 2020 with a lens that helps us see things with 20/20 vision?
40:03
January 2, 2020
2020: A Vision for Tomorrow - Part I
As the curtain comes down on the second decade of the third millenium (2019), and we prepare to enter its third decade with the year 2020, many of us are wondering what the future holds. We are currently experiencing plenty of changes. Polarization and upheaval is in the air. The road ahead will certainly offer us many opportunities while also presenting many challenges. But we are often trapped by nearsightedness, in which we only see the here and now and cannot see beyond our noses. What will the next decade bring? How will our future look? Are we entering a new world order? Can we identify signs and patterns that help us forecast the world of tomorrow? What methods can we employ to help us navigate the terrain of the coming years. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this 2020 workshop as he takes a birds' eye view on our unfolding lives and evolving world. By looking at the big picture with a panoramic lens we can discover a broader perspective of our lives and destinies. We can learn to recognize the inner narrative and choreography of today's events, which in turn informs the details of our small picture, and allows us to make better decisions and plans. What better way to enter 2020 with a lens that helps us see things with 20/20 vision?
40:15
December 26, 2019
Triggered Emotions: Advice for Holiday Family Time
Nothing triggers our emotions like going home and seeing our parents and families. Etched in our psyches, for good or for bad, are all that we experienced in our impressionable childhood years. During this holiday season, when many of us spend time with our families, all types of feelings arise. For some, it’s a beautiful time, evoking the warmth and love of our relationships. Others, at the other extreme, dread going home. Their toxic and dysfunctional families make them anxious and fearful. Many others have mixed feelings, fluctuating from the brighter to the darker. But one thing is certain: no one is neutral when dealing with their home and family. Please join Rabbi Jacobson and learn how this season offers us an excellent opportunity to probe and examine ourselves and our emotional lives. Discover tools how to become a healthier, more secure and confident person, and develop greater strengths to actualize your potential. Whether you grew up in as nurturing home or in a challenging home, this time of year can help you grow your love and self-esteem, and build strong immunity to unhealthy forces in your life. You have tremendous resources, and it’s time to access and express them.
51:17
December 19, 2019
Relationship Compatibility: Kabbalah of Dating
The million dollar question: What is the secret to finding a healthy and enduring relationship? What criteria should I be looking for? How can I know if someone is compatible with me? What defines compatibility? How can I identify my true soulmate? You may be surprised to know that the mystics mapped out the soul in five dimensions, which in turn offers us a blueprint for finding your compatible soulmate. You don't want to miss this program with Rabbi Jacobson, in which he lays out these five levels of compatibility and presents a practical approach and specific guidelines to finding and building a beautiful, lasting and thriving relationship. Discover parts of your self that may be concealed, and tools to recognize in your date his/her deeper soul dimensions -- all adding up to creating a true soul connection.
44:37
December 12, 2019
How to Fall Asleep: Insights from Kabbalah
You would think that the aspiring soul would be seeking to become more awake and aware, to heighten its cognizance and consciousness, not to learn how to... fall asleep. Yet sleep contains fascinating secrets and mysteries of regenerating our psyches and our souls. Learning how to sleep -- and how to fall asleep -- can teach us how to become more awake and more aware. What is sleep? What happens when we sleep? What can we do to have a more restful and peaceful sleep?  Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he probes the mysterious world of sleep and its effect on our souls. Discover the journey of your psyche during sleep, and how to tap into the inner forces that rejuvenate your inner being, and truly begin a fresh new day. Learn how sleep can bring you alive -- psychically and spiritually -- in unprecedented ways, enhancing your life and your relationships.
44:43
December 5, 2019
Feeling Alone: What It Tells You About Your Spirituality
Inside each one of us there is a place in which we are all alone. Even those that love us and those we love, even those we trust and open up to, cannot fully enter that core center of our beings -- the space that defies words, expressions and definitions. After all our relationships and interactions, after all our partying and fireworks, even when we may not feel all alone, at the end of the day a part of us walks alone. Is that alone space an asset or a liability? Does it reflect our uniqueness and exclusivity, or our inadequacy and lack of self-esteem? What does feeling alone tell you about the state of your spirit and psyche? Ostensibly, loneliness may manifest as one who does not have any friends, family, or acquaintances. It may also take on the form of emotional loneliness, which stems from someone feeling no meaningful relationships or connections in life. However, there is a loneliness that exists even in the face of healthy personal relationships. It may be called existential loneliness or spiritual loneliness. It is the sense of longing that cannot be achieved through any type of social interaction.  Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this penetrating talk on the essential essence of our beings. Are we fundamentally social creatures or lonely ones? Discover how to distinguish between different types of loneliness, and how to harness negative loneliness and transform it into a transcendent experience. Learn ways to celebrate your loneliness -- and even the loneliness of others; how to love in new ways, loving not just the things that you have in common with your beloved, but also the things that make you unique. Find out how to connect with another's loneliness, and become alone... together.
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November 28, 2019
Why Life Matters
Do you feel that you matter? That among 7.7 billion people on earth, and trillions of other forces in the universe, you are indispensable and your life is vital? This is not a small or academic question;  every decision you make, every move you take, is effected by how much you value your life. If you  feel that your life doesn't matter much, then all your life choices and relationships don't matter that much either. If your life is negligible then everything you do is also negligible. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses this single most important question: Do you matter? Discover a new approach to looking at yourself and your role in the world -- a fresh perspective which has the power to transform your life, your choices and commitments.  Learn that your are indeed unique, necessary and irreplaceable -- not just to you and your family but to all of existence!
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November 21, 2019
What Does the Bible Really Say About Morality?
Morality is a big word, which means different things to different people. What exactly is morality? Is it absolute or relative? Are moral values something we can all agree about, or are there different opinions on what constitutes a moral act? Can certain behavior be considered by some as moral and by others immoral? If so, how do we determine what is the moral standard to abide by? And if we all have our standards, how can we create a universal co-existence? The list of questions goes on and on. And they aren't mere academic exercises. Morality and its meaning has far reaching implications in virtually every area of life -- personal, familial, communal, education, business, national and international relations. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he dives into the heart of the matter, and dissects the definition and evolution of morality at its core. Tracing it back its roots in the Bible, we discover how morality is an intrinsic component in the development of every aspect of society and civilization. Why should we be moral? Is it simply a way for us to coexist? How does it reflect and express the nature of our very psyches? Does morality make us healthier people? What connection does morality have with spirituality? How can we come away with a moral compass and code that can help us each actualize ourselves and grow, as well as enhance our relationships and interaction with the world around us?
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November 14, 2019
The Art of Observation: Heightening our Awareness and Learning Life Lessons from the World Around Us
What do you see when you look around you? Do we all see the same thing? Ostensibly it would seem that all healthy eyes observe the same empirical reality. The fact is, however, that what you see is not (usually) what you get. Observation is not just what is visible to the naked eye, but far more than that.  Despite knowing that fact, here is a mysterious paradox: We all understand that there is more to everything we see than meets the eye. And yet, we are easily seduced by externals, to the point that we can ignore the inner "soul" within things. One of the most misleading cliches is "don't judge a book by its cover." People constantly judge books by their covers; that's why book cover design and packaging -- and general beauty products, including make-up, skincare, hair care, fragrances and cosmetic surgery -- are a multi-billion dollar industry! How many mistakes have we made, how many people have been hurt, due to our prejudging or misjudging the value of something based on its outward appearance alone? How often have we been wronged by others judging us by our covers? Can we learn to look deeper and see things for what they really are instead of what they appear to be? Is it possible to achieve that kind of awareness on a consistent and positive basis? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening discussion on mastering the art of observation. Learn to heighten your awareness and see yourself and the world around you through a new lens. Discover tools, techniques and methods to help you look beneath the surface of things and experiences and recognize their inside story -- the deeper forces that shape reality and the inner choreography of the narrative, teaching us to recognize and actualize the true potential in everything we encounter, and internalize lessons from all that we experience.
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November 11, 2019
What Kabbalah Teaches Us About Manifestation
Manifestation? "What exactly is that," you may be wondering. Well. in short it's about being present -- about "showing up" and being immersed and invested in your life experiences. How often do we have our foot halfway our the door, afraid to commit due to the risks involved? How often are we not fully present in a relationship or even a conversation? It may be for good reasons -- lack of trust, fear of being hurt, past disappointments and wounds. But we can also be trapped in our patterns and "comfort zones", not allowing us to fully engage. We all have our defense mechanisms and escape hatches to run to for protection when we feel threatened. We have our masks and suits of armor. But have our masks become our identities? When important opportunities and healthy love can we be missing out on because we don't know how to fully manifest and engage? How can we improve our being present? The surprising answer to these questions comes from an unexpected source: Kabbalah. The mystics map out two dimensions in Divine expression and cosmic energy: One that transcends existence, and one that manifests in existence. The mysterious mechanics of these two dimensions and how they interact contains invaluable insights and lessons for us. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he examines the parallels between Divine manifestation and human manifestation, and presents methods and tools how the former can teach us how to become more comfortable in our own skin, and more present and manifest in our lives and relationships. WHERE TO FIND THE MEANINGFUL LIFE CENTER: WEBSITE: http://www.meaningfullife.com FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MeaningfulLi... INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/meaningful.... TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/MeaningfulLife  LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjaco... YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/Meaningfullife PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/meaningful EMAIL US: wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com
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October 31, 2019
How to Make Amends With Someone
We all have, at some or another, wronged or hurt another person -- a loved one, a friend or a stranger. What can and should we do about it? Are we aware of the full impact and effect our behavior has on ourselves, others and the universe in general? And do we appreciate the potency contained in correcting our errors? One of the most noble and courageous human acts is to ask for forgiveness and make amends over damage we may have caused. And this is the best time of the year to do so.  Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this pre-Yom Kippur talk on the importance and power of making amends, and how to actually do it in the best possible way. Learn what practical steps to take to repair a relationship. And discover how you -- and everyone around you -- become healthier when you ask for forgiveness and correct any mistakes you may have committed. How making amends unleashes new reservoirs of potential within you.
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October 3, 2019
Getting Unstuck
At one or time or another, many of us feel stuck in our lives. Unable to move forward. It can take on the shape of resignation, hopelessness and even depression. It can be more subtle as in feeling old and worn out, without the energy to create change. And it can even manifest in cynicism, as in the more things change the more they stay the same.  What causes us to feel stuck? Are they objective or subjective causes, meaning are they true external obstacles or only ones in our mind? Is it perhaps fear? Einstein is famously credited as saying that we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. How then do we change self-defeating attitudes? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this pre-New Year talk addressing the great dilemma of getting unstuck in your life. What can we do to free ourselves from whatever it is that making us feel trapped and unable to truly move forward. As we enter a New Year, the mystics tell us that a new unprecedented energy enters into our lives. How can we tap into it and how can we make sure that our past despondence doesn't haunt and curb our ability to allow new hope and new possibilities to manifest in our lives? How can we truly begin anew?
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September 26, 2019
Hidden Miracles Are Easy to Find
"Do you believe in miracles?" is one of the most common questions asked. But before we answer that question, we need to first define the meaning of a miracle. Is it a fantastical, nature-suspending event (like the parting of the sea), or is it an awesome and unique event (like giving birth)?  Our sages teach us that one experiencing a miracle often does not recognize the miracle that has transpired. Other scholars say that nature is simply a "continuum of miracles" whose repetition make them seem like common "natural events." Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he explores the anatomy of a miracle, and its role in our lives. Discover surprising facts about the "natural" forces that define the parameters of your experiences. Learn how to tap into deeper reservoirs of energy in your soul, and in the process find out how you can easily detect hidden miracles inside and around you.
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September 19, 2019
How to Spiritually Charge Your Daily Routine
Some of the most silent, yet demoralizing forces in our lives are boredom and monotony. They may seem innocuous, but lifeless routines create breeding grounds of toxicity. What can we do to infuse vitality and passion into the pedestrian day? How can we spice up our humdrum lives? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he presents a dynamic approach of how to spiritually charge up your daily quotidian, and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
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September 12, 2019
Spirituality and Depression: Adding Spirituality to Traditional Treatment
What is depression? Why do we get depressed? And what can we do about it? Many answers have been posited to these pressing questions, with suggested interventions ranging from medication to therapy, and various alternative methods. What has been less explored are the spiritual roots of depression. After all, a soulless body does not get depressed. Is depression a spiritual or physical malady? How does spirituality impact depression and can a heightened spiritual life help decrease depression? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he dissects the DNA of depression and the core of the soul, seeking to identify where the two intersect and how they affect each other. Learn new insights into the nature of depression, and ways to use spiritual tools to help treat depression. Nourishing the soul by adding a healthy spiritual diet to traditional treatments can open new channels of hope and confidence. The joy of the soul in turns weakens the debilitating fear and demoralization of the depressed psyche.
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September 5, 2019
Can You Start Your Life Over?
When things are not going well, especially when they get desperate, people often fantasize about starting life over. This also happens when we have regrets over grave, irreversible errors we may have committed, or serious traumatic experiences that have injured our psyches and worn us down. "If only I can turn the clock back." "If only I had a second chance." "If only I would be born into another body to another family."  Is there indeed any hope after experiencing serious loss? Can we rebuild after betrayal? Are we doomed by our pasts, or is it possible to start life over? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening talk and discover surprising cosmological and mystical insights on the very nature of life and the ability to renew your life, despite past experiences. Life can be seen as a series of routines, with "nothing new under the sun." However we have another option: to travel "above the sun" and beneath the veneer, where you can tap into new and powerful reservoirs of energy and strength, which allow you to recreate your life and your relationships. Pretty exciting, no?
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August 29, 2019
When You Feel Like Giving Up on Life
Despair is one of the worst possible human conditions. It's one thing to experience pain and suffering, it's quite another to give up hope. Even the most trying circumstances can be faced when you have hope. Even the most difficult challenges can be addressed when you have confidence, and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But when you give up on life and its possibilities, then what's left to work with? Please join Rabbi Jacobson and travel into the heart of the abyss, and discover the spark that lays even in the darkest corners of the psyche. Learn methods to employ when all seems lost and you want to give up. Find out how to uncover a "new" self with new hope even when your familiar old "self" has lost hope.
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August 22, 2019
Full Moon Meaning
 Have you ever found yourself staring at the moon at night? There is something about the haunting lunar sphere in the sky that mystifies and mesmerizes us. What lessons does it teach us?  What can we learn from the lunar cycles and from the full moon? Is there any deeper connection between us and the moon? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he explores the "psyche" of the moon -- and its parallels in our personal lives. Discover how to moon -- and the full moon --  can empower us as we face our own emotional and psychological challenges, and can help us build healthier lives and relationships. 
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August 15, 2019
How to Create Sacred Space
 How much of our lives do we take for granted? How often do we step back and appreciate the gift of every breath we take and every move we make? Do we recognize the sanctity of every moment and every space we traverse? Many of us see ourselves as "victims" of time and space -- always trying to beat the clock and maneuver the places we occupy. Can we learn to control space and time instead of them controlling us? Living life to its fullest means valuing every fiber of our beings -- every second of time and every inch of space. The question is how do we manifest and express that value, in ways that enhance our lives?  Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he dissects the anatomy of space and time and teaches us how to master them instead of them mastering us. Discover how to tap into the energy of every moment and location, and harness it toward fulfilling your dreams and aspirations. Find out how to create sacred space in your life. 
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August 8, 2019
The Meaning of Death in Kabbalah
The very word death fills our hearts with dread. We consider it as unfathomable as it is inevitable. But what exactly is death? What happens at that moment when soul and body separate? In truth the mystery of death is one with the mystery of life: What happens at the moment of conception when soul and body meet and join? Medicine and science deal primarily with the causes of illness and death -- and ways of battling it, to help  prolong life. They address the definition and symptoms of health, life and death in biological terms. But there is clearly so much more. Why do body and soul need to separate in the first place? Where does the soul go to after death, and where was it before birth? Cam we connect to souls after their passing? Do our love and relationships live on after death? The questions are many. The answers few. Please join Rabbi Jacobson for a fascinating journey into the mysterious world of life and death and discover secrets of your own life journey. The soul's journey never ends; it simply goes through different stages and states. By understanding the deeper meaning of death you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for life. 
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August 2, 2019
Raising Real Mean
 What defines healthy masculinity? This question has emerged. perhaps more than ever before, in our generation. Is masculinity about power, aggression and strength -- the historical view of the man as the unwavering pillar that the family and community rely on for security and confidence? Is vulnerability in men a weakness, as in true men don't cry? Or is that an unhealthy stereotype and expectation that has developed over time, one that has evolved into a male hierarchical society with men taking advantage of their superior physical strength and subjugating women under their control? This in turn has caused the rise of feminism rebelling against this unfair balance of power, which has also challenged men, especially with the recent rise of the Me Too movement to reassess their healthy role in society, sexuality, relationships and family life. Some even argue that as a result men have gone too far to the other extreme. They have become emasculated and lost their sense of strength and confidence, turning wimpy and weak as the male stereotype is under assault. And as the vicious cycle continues, we are also witness to a backlash of men trying to regain and reclaim their raw manhood, through male-bonding programs that encourage strenuous work, sweating  and learning to grunt again. No wonder there is so much confusion about gender roles and sexual identity, whether it be male or female. How are we to discover the healthy masculine identity? What is natural and inherent and what is acquired and superimposed by parental, social and other influences? And how are parents to raise their boys to become real, productive and healthy men? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he first retraces the roots of the original male archetype, then identifies the factors and causes that has distorted the masculine role, finally coming away with practical and actionable methods to realign the boy or man you are today to your natural template -- a balanced combination of strength and sensitivity, power and vulnerability, confidence and humility,. Discover how to become the best man you could ever be and nurture your boys to become the best men they could ever be. 
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July 25, 2019
How to Listen to Your Body
 We often hear about listening to the voice of your soul. Allowing your spiritual aspirations to express themselves. Some call it: Freeing your spirit. But did you know that your body too contains many messages for you? Remember, your body and soul have been traveling together through your life. And just as your soul has memories so does your body. Your body silently watches and absorbs every one of your life experiences. These experiences become etched into the crevices of your body, and from time to time your body will remind you of them. It may be through blushing or goosebumps (more superficial bodily reactions), or it may be through your body stiffening up and feeling anxious. Do you ever feel like you are "in knots," or have "butterflies in your stomach?" The body has many ways to communicate with us. It may be through trembling or freezing up in certain situations, or it may be through a racing heart and feelings of panic. Even certain itches, tics, fluttering eyes, or other contortions and knee-jerk reactions reflect deeper experiences -- many of which we may not be aware of. How often do we have a physical reaction to something, with no clue as to why? Someone may bring up a topic, or even express an opinion, and your body lock up or reacts in another way. It's like someone getting close to a raw nerve, which you only become aware of when you feel the touch. Body language is a very profound communicator -- and barometer. Please join Rabbi Jacobson's fascinating class as he dissects the inner story of Balaam and his... donkey -- and derives from it powerful lessons how to listen to our body language. Discover how your body (not just your soul) can save your life, protect your psyche and even free your soul... 
43:37
July 18, 2019
Trustworthy Traits: What They Are, How to Acquire Them & How to Spot Them In Other People
Trust is a vital component in life. Healthy relationships and bonds are built on trust. Without trust, almost everything is compromised if not outrightly destroyed. But which criteria define trust? How do we gauge whom to trust? Which traits and behaviors engender trust?  Can these characteristics be acquired? Many of us have been hurt and are justly wary of trusting another, or sadly, may have totally lost trust in others. Is it possible to rebuild healthy trust after betrayal? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he dissects the anatomy, and delves into the mysterious world of trust. Learn how to identify trustworthy characteristics, and discover ways of becoming both more trusting and more trustworthy in building safe environments and enduring relationships.
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July 15, 2019
Bucket List Ideas
If you were to list the five most important things you want to accomplish in your life, what would they be?  Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this special tribute to his mentor -- the Rebbe -- in which he discusses five foundational principles he learned from his teacher, which radically transformed his life, and can transform your life as well. Discover how these principles can guide you in creating your personalized list of goals you want to achieve in your life, which in turn will help you focus all your activities and interactions toward a cohesive plan of fulfilling your calling in this world.
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July 3, 2019
Spiritual Awakening: How to Get Started
Do you ever find yourself feeling uneasy that your life is kind of empty and aimless? Believe it or not, that feeling is the beginning of a spiritual awakening. Every epiphany, every wake-up call, every transition, starts with a state of discomfort, as you move from one paradigm to another.  What other signs are there that indicate the opening of new opportunities? Are we missing these signs due to our dismissing them as just temporary nuisances or setbacks? If you're stuck in a rut, how do you get yourself out of it? Are there ways to generate change and growth in your life when you're trapped by your daily routines and habits? How do spiritual awakenings happen and how do you get started and maintain that awakening? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this intriguing discussion on navigating the twists and turns and ups and downs of your life journey. Learn to recognize those moments when a new opportunity presents itself -- including seeing disappointments as springboards -- and how to take advantage and turn it into an awakening to a higher state of awareness and consciousness. Discover methods to expand your horizons and open up new channels of blessings in your life and in your relationships.
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June 20, 2019
Under Your Skin: The Interstitium
Last year medical researchers discovered a new body part, called the interstitium -- a network of fluid-filled spaces in connective tissue across the body that hadn't been seen before. Previously, it was thought that these tissue layers were a dense "wall" of collagen — a strong structural protein found in connective tissue. But the new finding reveals that, rather than a "wall," this tissue is more like an "open, fluid-filled highway," said co-senior study author Dr. Neil Theise, a professor of pathology at New York University Langone School of Medicine.  With all that's known about human anatomy, you wouldn't expect the discovery of a new organ in this day and age. But now, doctors  say they've done just that.  What is the significance of this discovery, what lessons does it teach us and what insights does it offer us in understanding ourselves and the cosmos? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he travels "under the skin" and explores the fascinating parallels between the interstitium and the Kabbalistic map of the human body and soul. Discover the role of this "fluid filled network" in your psycho-spiritual life and how it can help you improve your well-being and your relationships. 
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June 17, 2019
Why Do You Matter?
 It may seem like a silly question, but does your life truly matter? With 7.7 billion people on this planet, what possible significance can one person have?   This is not a small issue: If you feel that you don't really matter, then your life choices and decisions also don't really matter. What type of life can you live when all that you do has no true value? No wonder that many of us feel unmotivated and uninspired.  Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he presents a fresh new approach to finding meaning and passion in life. Discover the real reason that you and your actions truly matter. Not just you, but the entire world -- and the cosmos themselves -- are dependent on your choices. You indeed have the power to change the world. 
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June 17, 2019
How Not to Be a Coward
 Have you ever behaved like a coward? Do you regret any situations when you neglected from acting out of fear? Would you be brave enough to acknowledge such behavior? Cowardice and fear impact much more of our lives than we imagine. How many of our decisions are driven — and how many opportunities are lost — due to cowardice? But what do we know about this force that effects us so deeply? What makes some people more cowardly than others? Is courage inborn or acquired? Can we do anything to become less cowardly and more courageous? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he dissects the anatomy of courage and cowardice and its impact on our lives. Through this lens, discover new insights into yourself, and come away with methods and skills to build up your courage live up to your greatest potential and beliefs. 
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June 17, 2019
The True Definition of Kabbalah
 The ancient mystical teachings of Kabbalah — once obscure and unknown — has recently become popular and even fashionable. Or has it? Do we really know what Kabbalah is? What does the word even mean? What do these teachings offer us? Tonight is Lag B’Omer, the anniversary of Rabbi Shimeon Bar Yochai’s passing. Rabbi Shimeon, or Rashbi, is the “father” of Kabbalah. He authored the Zohar — the classical esoteric work, which is the foundation of mysticism, laying out a blueprint of the divine and the spiritual framework of the universe and beyond. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this special Lag B’Omer presentation, as he explains the surprising meaning of the word Kabbalah. Once we know its true definition, we can then take a journey into the mystical and mysterious chambers of our psyches and of the cosmos — and come away with a new way of looking at life and new methods to achieve transcendence and live the most fulfilling life possible. The inner workings of Kabbalah — as first taught by Rashbi, and further developed in subsequent generations — opens for us up enthralling vistas and unparalleled opportunities to build glorious lives and relationships, always brimming with unexpected possibilities.
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June 17, 2019
Timeless Parenting Principles from the Bible and Kabbalah
 There are no parenting schools. So where and how do we learn to parent? We learn it 1) from our own mothers and fathers — we emulate how they parented us, and 2) above all we learn it on the job: When a couple is blessed with a child/children, trial and error and hard earned challenges, and their natural instincts — shaped by the attitudes we picked up from our parents — teaches them how to parent and educate, for better or for worse. But how do we know whether our parenting methods are sound? And that we are not making serious errors in raising our children? Without schooling and with flawed parenting models, for all we know we may be perpetuating dysfunctional parenting skills? Without an objective parenting model, how can we know whether we are doing our best to bring up healthy children? Would you be surprised to know that there is indeed a healthy time-tested paradigm of parenting — one that goes back thousands of years, and has been documented and implemented, and has produced generations of healthy children and adults. Let us call it The Spiritual Parenting Model — timeless parenting principles from the Bible and Kabbalah. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he presents, in his inimitable manner, this proven formula for raising wholesome, confident and actualized children, who can focus their lives not on fighting fear and insecurity, but on using their faculties and resources to grow and transform the world around them.
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June 17, 2019
The Spiritual Meaning of the New Moon
We have always been mystified by the moon -- it's haunting presence shimmering in our night sky. We have studied the moon and its effects on life on earth, we have spent trillions to travel to, land on and explore our lonely lunar sphere. From romance to music and science fiction, the moon with its pale glow captures our imagination. What lies behind this fascination?  Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he "launches" a lunar probe  --exploring the "soul" of the moon -- the cosmic and spiritual forces that energize the moon. The moon has been with us since the beginning of time. It is a living witness to every event in history. What secrets does the moon harbor? What messages does it have for us? What can we learn from the lunar cycles? How can it empower us as we face our own personal and psychological challenges? How can it help us build healthier lives and relationships? You won't want to miss this lunar exploration as you discover and appreciate new and fascinating insights into our relationship with the moon.
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June 4, 2019
The Worst and Best in Humans: Reactions to the Poway Shooting
 Good people are always mystified by what drives a "regular" person to plan and execute the deliberate and premeditated cold-blooded murder of innocent people, let alone in a house of worship. What is going on in this person's twisted mind and dark heart as he attacks men, women and children of faith during their prayers and celebrations?! How can a human being stoop to such obscene hate and cruelty? Our hearts are shattered as they go out to the husband, daughter, family and community of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was cruelly murdered by a terrorist in a heinous attack on Jews gathered in prayer at Chabad-Lubavitch of Poway last Shabbat, the final day of Passover. But within the tragedy and grief -- and the demonstration of the ugliest within humans -- another story has emerged, one that is more powerful than the senseless crime perpetrated: The story of the best within humans. Lori Kaye gave her life to save her Rabbi and others in her shul. Rabbi Goldstein through his actions and words, exhibited the noble majesty and dignity of a soul’s capability: not focusing on himself, but on his calling and mission. Millions, if not billions of people are being gripped by the heart-wrenching, yet formidable words of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the Rabbi of the Poway community who survived the attack. In articles and interviews, from his hospital bed and at the funeral service, Rabbi Goldstein is relentlessly focusing neither on his pain and loss, nor on fear and anger, but on his determination to transform this tragedy into a force of goodness and kindness. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he discusses this tragedy and the lessons it provides us about both the worst and best in human beings, and above all -- what we can do in face of such darkness, both short-term and long-term, in preventing such travesties from happening ever again. 
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May 6, 2019
Protection from Evil: Pre-Passover Workshop
 Evil is a word thrown around a lot. But what does it mean? What exactly is evil? Does evil exist? Are there any things that are inherently evil, or is evil man-made -- the injustices and crimes one perpetrates against another? Is evil a subjective or objective reality? Is it just in the eyes of the beholder, or is there more to it? And if there is such a thing as evil how do we protect ourselves from it? Without defining evil we certainly cannot take measures to secure ourselves against its impact on us. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this pre-Passover workshop dissecting the anatomy of evil and darkness, and discover its fascinating (and painful) parallels with black holes. By traveling into the belly of the beast, we find surprising insights that help defang the enemy and transform its liabilities into assets. Passover teaches us how to enter the abyss and come out stronger than ever. 
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April 30, 2019
How to Figure Out Who You Are
 When asked "who are you?" most people show you their business card. But that's what you do, not who you are. Yet, with time many of us, sadly, lose sight of who we are and become what we do. when it should be the other way around; Who you are should define and direct what you do. With all the factors that have influenced you -- parents, education, job -- it can be very difficult to figure out who you really are. Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson and learn provocative methods and effective tools to get beyond the forces that have shaped you and discover who you truly are. Wouldn't that be an achievement -- to live your life from the inside out, in which your inner identity guides your choices and actions, instead of living outside in, in which your circumstances control your life and identity. 
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March 28, 2019
How to Sharpen Your Intuition
What is intuition? Is it cognitive or emotional? Based on intelligence or instinct? Where do your gut feelings and instincts come from? Can you trust them? Can you hone and improve your intuition, or are some of us just wired with more intuition than others?  Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this eye-opening Purim workshop as he probes the inner workings of human intuition and the deeper recesses of the psyche. By peering "under the dashboard" of the human mind, you discover where your conscious meets your supra-conscious, and your mind meets your heart. Learn how to sharpen your intuition, and allow it to inform your conscious reasoning, which in turn will enhance your sensitivity and elevate your decision making process. 
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March 25, 2019
Does Government Have a Spiritual Responsibility?
 What is the role of government? Ostensibly, this question may seem irrelevant to our personal lives. On further thought, however, it's quite clear that the welfare of a government directly impacts the welfare of every one of its citizens. Yet, with so much distrust in our governments today, with the polarization of our political parties, and accusations of corruption being hurled in all directions, no wonder many of us have become quite skeptical if not cynical about the function of government. Nevertheless, it would be wise, especially when government is in question, to revisit the premise on the role and responsibility of government. Is it merely to legislate laws and serve as a referee to maintain the peace and coexistence of its peoples? Or does government have a deeper and more spiritual responsibility? Just as government impacts people, people impact government. A government and its citizens are interconnected and interdependent -- they need and reflect on one another. It is therefore imperative to understand how to build the best possible government -- one that will serve the highest aspirations of its constituents, and help them build the best possible future. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this thought provoking talk as he retraces the historical roots of government and dissects its very purpose and function. Discover fascinating insights into human nature and its drive to build societies and bodies to govern their lives. Learn how we are not victims and products of our governments; quite the contrary: we have the ability to shape government. Come away with a new confidence and appreciation of the power we have to create a better world. And that yes, even something as technical or mundane as government, has a transcendent role to play.
45:01
March 14, 2019
What It's Like to Be Honest With Yourself
 Many of us justify, for various reasons, the need to not be completely honest with others about our feelings. We may be judged or misunderstood. We are dependent on them and can't therefore always candidly express our true sentiments. To survive in this self-interest driven world, the argument goes, we need to wear a variety of masks and veils to please, placate and interact with others. When swimming with sharks we need to become a shark.  But what about being honest with yourself? Have you become so accustomed to wearing masks, that they now define you? Do you even know what you look like at your core? Have you betrayed yourself in the process?     Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this piercing talk on how to be honest with yourself. Learn tools how to uncover the shrouds that cloak the true you. Build up the courage to get to know your inner self in ways you never could have imagined. With all the things we are learning all the time, it's about time to look in the mirror and find out who you really are. You may be surprised at what you discover..  
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March 8, 2019
Know Your Worth
What criteria defines your personal value -- money, respect or beauty? How much of your worthiness is determined by factors outside of you and how much by forces within you? Where does self-esteem come from? What role does validation by others play in your life? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he breaks down the different ways we measure our worth, offering a formula for developing and cultivating a far deeper and lasting sense of value - one not subject to the shifting attitudes and moods of others or to the dependence on impermanent things. 
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February 28, 2019
How to Improve Daily Living
It's one thing to get inspired at an auspicious moment (a birthday, a milestone); it's quite another to maintain that motivation once we reenter the grind of our daily routines. How can we lift up and improve our day to day lives?   Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this potentially life-changing discussion how to transform your "ordinary" day into an extraordinary one and turn your usual life into an unusual one. Discover ways to eliminate monotony and inertia of your quotidian existence and live a life brimming with vitality, enthusiasm and passion. 
39:36
February 20, 2019
Who You Are When No One Is Looking
How many faces do you have? Perhaps a better word for it is "masks" -- how many masks do you wear? The face/mask you show your co-workers, the face/mask you show your friends, the face/mask you show your family, the face/mask you show strangers, the face/mask you show to people you trust, and the one you show to people you fear -- and in each one of these groups you have likely a different face/mask you show to each respective individual. Bottom line: We have of variety of many different faces/masks we wear, for different people and different occasions. But what are you like without any mask? If you were to "kick off your shoes" and remove all your filters and buffers, all your defense mechanisms and armor, what would you look like? Is there anyone you feel comfortable to be so vulnerable with? With all the preforming we need to do in our lives, to satisfy and meet people's expectations and demands, do we even know who we truly are beneath the surface? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he tackles this vital yet shrouded mystery -- how to bridge the inner and outer you. Learn ways to unmask your veils and discover the true you -- who you are when no one is looking -- and how to build the courage to actualize the inner you in your life and relationships. It's about time to get to know and express your self! 
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February 14, 2019
Happiness in Life Without Money
 Can you be happy without money? Does money guarantee happiness? Can you have money and be miserable? The power money wields over us is undeniable. It deeply impacts and exerts its influence on virtually every aspect of our lives. What does this power teach us about ourselves? We all need money to live, but is our dependency on money simply about necessity, or is it deeper than that -- emotionally and psychologically? Your relationship with money can illuminate so much about who you are and where you stand in life. Is your net self worth defined by your net worth? We all want to be valued. How much of your worthiness is determined by the value of your inner self and how much is determined by externals?  What does money tell you about your self-confidence? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this insightful talk on our often bizarre connection with money and how it profoundly reflects our personalities and priorities. Despite the fact that no one has ever figured out how to take their money with them to the next world, people are obsessed with hanging on to their very last cent, and will compromise much greater -- and even eternal - values for... money! We will sell out and sacrifice our own good and the good of our loves ones for a few dollars. Is that not an addiction? Can we learn how to free ourselves of this attachment and be happy people independent of our monetary worth?
52:20
February 11, 2019
Three Essential Life Skills
 If life's tool chest -- the skills we need to cope and thrive -- could be distilled into three essential elements, what would they be? We all want success. But what does it take to achieve that? And what even defines a successful life? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he takes on this challenge and presents three vital life skills necessary to succeed and actualize your potential. Discover three key tools that will help you maximize your strengths, fulfill your aspirations and dreams. and enhance -- and even transform -- your life and your relationships.  
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January 31, 2019
Use Your Weakness for Growth - Lessons from the Lunar Eclipse
 This week a a rare celestial occurrence took place: A supermoon (when the moon is at its closest point of orbit to Earth, making it appear about 14% larger) coincided with a total lunar eclipse. Some call it a “super blood wolf moon,” due to the reddish tint the moon takes on when fully eclipsed. The eclipse was visible across the entire U.S. for 62 minutes on Sunday night, as well as South America and parts of Europe and Africa. This combination happens roughly 20 times in a century. What lessons can we glean from this cosmic event? The mystics teach that we are each a microcosm of the moon, and the moon's movements and cycles are reflected in our personal lives. What does this unique supermoon eclipse teach us about ourselves and our experiences and relationships? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he deciphers the personal, psychological and spiritual significance of the eclipse, and how it reveals the deeper meaning and the mysterious power contained in the "eclipses" in our own lives. Discover how the moon and its phases and cycles, its waxing and waning, eclipses and revelations can teach you to uncover your innermost strengths, and navigate the vicissitudes of your life. 
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January 24, 2019
Introduction to Your Inner Mystic
Do you have any idea how much power and potential you carry within you? How much strength you have in your "engine room"?  Are you shortchanging yourself by not living up to your enormous capabilities? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this intriguing discussion and discover fascinating insights into what makes you tick "under your dashboard." Learn how to access your inner angels and inner mystic, transforming the way you experience every aspect of life: To look at life inside out instead of outside in, and unleash a plethora of energy which has been trapped inside of you. 
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January 17, 2019
Kabbalah Theory of Past Lives
 Do we have past lives? Were you here before? Do past life experiences impact your current life and personality? Why do some of us have a déjà vu experience when encountering certain people or places? Why do some children appear to be an "old soul" in a new body? is there a way to become more aware of a past life? Where does your soul come from upon birth and where does it go to after death? Does the soul journey on? The questions go on in our never-ending curiosity about the exotic and unknown, and our quest for understanding what inner secrets lie beneath the surface of our life journey. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he delves into the mystical mysteries of the soul's journey in this life and in previous lives. Learn the basic "science" of reincarnation -- its fundamental principles and its application to our lives today. 
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January 10, 2019
Build the Life You Want
 To "build the life you want" sounds simple. Who, after all, doesn't want to create a desirable life? But it's not simple at all. First of all, how do you even determine what it is that you "want"? And how do you know that what you want is really good for you and achievable? Even once you define a healthy life goal, how do you actually build such a life? What tools are necessary and how do you keep focused and not distracted by the pressures and demands on you? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses, in his unique style, practical ways to identify what you truly want out of your life, and methods how to implement your wishes. Learn to avoid the most common mistakes people make when looking to build a life they want, and what new approaches you can take to living up to your great potential and possibilities. 
45:20
January 3, 2019
How to Achieve Spiritual Wellness
Can you be happy if your body is in perfect shape but your soul is not? Most us of us are familiar with at least the basic necessities of physical health -- how to maintain the hygiene of a fit and healthy body through nutrition, exercise and rest. But do we know how to achieve spiritual health -- how to nourish and condition the soul? Do we understand the importance of having a healthy soul and its impact on our well-being? Are we aware of the far-reaching effects of a deprived soul? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he explains how a dynamic soul is critical in life. Learn the key factors that determine spiritual wellness. Discover the different components and dimensions of your soul, and how each requires its respective "nutrients." Taking control of your life begins with taking control of -- and energizing -- your spirit.
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December 27, 2018
How to Find Your Personality Type
It may sound cliche, but one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is: "Who am I?" If that seems too simplistic, let's rephrase the question: Can you distinguish between what you do and who you truly are (when most people are asked who they are, they present their business card...)? Can you tell the difference between the attitudes and forces -- parental, cultural and social -- that have shaped you and your true personality? The fact is that many of us don't really know what our real personality is like. Some may even be unaware of the fact that each one of us is born with an exclusive personality. And that your individuality may have been obfuscated by the many pressures and expectations that adults in your formative years projected upon you. When an impressionable and vulnerable child is not validated, nurtured and loved -- and instead, is judged and criticized and made to believe that he or she has no value, and the only thing that has value is their parents opinion -- is it a wonder that we have difficulty identifying our own exceptional personality and unique skills? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this important talk and learn how to uncover your true personality, not one jaded and distorted by life experiences. Discover your personality type -- how you are wired and where your strengths lie. With all the hoops you've been jumping through in your life. isn't it about time to find out your personality type -- who you truly are?
50:44
December 20, 2018
How to Come Back from the Dark Side
The "dark side" sounds very foreboding. While most people have not actually fallen prey to dark forces which control their lives, each of us has our darker side -- that ugly part of our lives which we prefer to keep buried like skeletons in our "closets." Is there then any value in speaking about these shadows, which we are loath to expose? The only purpose in doing so is not to simply dwell on the negative and the unpleasant, but to help us learn how to return from the dark side - whatever form it takes -- and build a life of light and warmth. Can we indeed free ourselves from the darker forces in our lives? Can one who has fallen hostage to the dark side come back and create a healthy life? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses, in his unique way, a topic rarely discussed: How to deal with the dark side? Whether it is the darker secrets we each harbor, or the demonic darkness of addiction or cults and other powers that control us -- this illuminating class will help you dissect the abyss and come away with even greater strength to face any challenge and adversary. Discover the enormous power contained in the "dark side" -- like that of a "black hole" -- and how to harness it for the good.
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December 13, 2018
The Kabbalah of Fire
Fire is one of those things you can't live with and you can't live without. Get too close to fire or if the fire gets too large and close to you, it can wreak terrible devastation, consuming everything in its path (witness the recent wild California fires). On the other hand, life could not exist without the warmth and light of fire. What is fire and what role does it play in our lives? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this special Chanukah program as he dissects the anatomy and soul of fire. Discover how a flame reflects the human soul. By studying and "listening" to the the inner "personality" and "psyche" of the flames we learn fascinating facts about ourselves, providing invaluable lessons how to build -- and grow -- healthy lives and relationships.
50:31
December 6, 2018
The Good Thing About Feeling Inferior
What possible good can there about feeling inferior?! A negative self attitude is the root of so many human problems. Feelings of inadequacy and insecurity undermine our confidence, they demoralize us and compromise virtually every aspect of our lives. So how can there be anything positive in that? Don't we all need a healthy sense of self? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he explores the role of ego and humility in our lives, and digs into the very root of the "self." Should we be ego-less or is it important to have an ego? How do we assure that ego doesn't turn into arrogance? How do we balance ego and humility? Discover a new take on the self. Learn the secret of true value -- that in order to be a true "somebody" you first need to be a true "nobody."
55:03
November 29, 2018
What You Can and Cannot Control
Control. We all would like to have or take control over our lives? But how much do we actually control? How often do we invest in changing things we have no power over, while neglecting that which we have power over? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses this important issue and learn methods how to determine and distinguish between the things you can change and those you can't. How to focus your energies and time on matters you have control over, and not waste precious strength on that which you cannot control. Imagine the peace of mind and heart you would have if you could know which areas you should be fighting for and which not?
48:56
November 22, 2018
How to Overcome Fear of Success
Much has been said about our fear of failure. Indeed, fear is usually associated with concern over defeat and loss. But how about fear of success? Do we undermine our very own interests because we are afraid of what success may bring? Why would anyone even do such a thing? Perhaps this illuminates the deeper roots of fear -- not the fear of failure or the fear of success, but the fear of change... Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he explores and dissects the anatomy of fear and courage, and learn about the forces that make you tick. Discover the causes that hold you back from reaching your greatest potential, and develop tools to overcome your resistance and achieve your dreams and aspirations -- to become the best you can be.
59:01
November 19, 2018
The Kabbalah of Tattoos
"Kabbalah of Tattoos" -- say what?! What in the world can the Kabbalah possibly say about tattoos?! What mystical significance can tattoos possibly have, particularly considering that tattoos are explicitly prohibited in the Torah (“You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves")?! Please join Rabbi Jacobson and discover some surprising and illuminating insights into the nature of tattoos and their psycho-spiritual impact on our bodies and souls. Learn how tattoos of all types -- literal and physical ones, as well as emotional wounds and scars -- affect our lives, and how we can transcend them in our quest for living meaningful and mission-driven lives.
54:29
November 8, 2018
Responding To The Pittsburgh Massacre: What Are We to Think? What Are We to Do?
We are all mortified by the brutal murders of the eleven innocent Jews killed last Saturday in Pittsburgh. During morning services a Jew hating gunman stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue and opened fire on worshipers, yelling "kill all the Jews." This horrific massacre, considered the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, has left the community and the entire nation reeling. But beyond shock and grief, how are we to respond to such unspeakable tragedy? What can we do about such hate? Is there a way to fight anti-Semitism? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this somber but candid talk discussing the healthy response to violent acts of hatred. By entering the "heart of darkness' and dissecting the very root of evil, discover how to uproot and transform its negative force into positive energy and how to channel our grief into a powerful, inspiring way to strengthen ourselves and our communities.
54:54
November 1, 2018
How to Define Your Moral Standards
Morality lies at the heart of every healthy society. Without mutual ethical values checking raw self-interest and different viewpoints, any group of individuals would tear itself apart. But what/who defines our moral standards? If we are left to our own subjective devices to determine right from wrong, how can we find common ground and respect? Even if we can achieve a consensus and build a constitution of laws to govern our communities and nations, what happens with all the areas that cannot be legislated and enforced, like decisions we make in the privacy of our homes and families -- how do we decide what is virtue and what is vice? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he explores this important topic, which impacts every aspect of our lives. Is morality wired or acquired? Is it inherent in our DNA, or is it something we are taught? How do we identify values that transcend and unite us all? Discover the answers to these and other critical questions, as you learn some surprising insights into the very nature of our collective and personal psyches, and how we can and must unearth the moral "threads" that connect every one of us while embracing our individuality.
51:26
October 29, 2018
How Big Is Your Ego
You can't live with it; you can't live without it. If ever this expression applies it certainly applies to the ego. Without an ego we lose our personality and self-confidence, not to mention our natural instinct for self-preservation. Too great of an ego can hurt us and others. But how much of an ego is healthy? And above all: How big is your ego? Are you able to answer that question when your ego blinds you from seeing yourself objectively? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this fascinating analysis of the ego, its role in our lives, and its benefits and liabilities. Discover methods to gauge and monitor your own ego, and to control and harness it toward productive ends. Learn the one secret that can redirect a large and unhealthy ego into a force of extraordinary change.
45:51
October 18, 2018
The Politics of Sexuality
Glaringly missing from all the controversy and debate raging around now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearings is the underlying issue that lays at the heart of the matter: Sexuality. Or in legal terms: Roe vs. Wade - the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman's constitutional legal right to an abortion. In a twist of irony, the last-minute bombshell accusation that almost torpedoed Kavanaugh’s nomination was also about sexuality: his alleged sexual attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Beyond the story of extreme partisan politics, beyond the story of the Trump Presidency and age of disruption, beyond every imaginable angle covered by every media outlet, the true inside story – the root of the issue at hand, beyond all the symptoms – is our attitudes toward sexuality and relationships. We live in times where sexuality has become divorced of intimacy and commitment. It is looked at as a personal right to pleasure and leisure, not as a personal and social responsibility. “Sexual freedom” – the right to engage in sexuality as one sees fit, without consequences or commitment if one so deems fit — trumps the effort and work needed to build healthy and enduring relationships and families. The right to an abortion (not due to rape or other extenuating circumstances) has become equated with sexual freedom; it has become associated with the voice and battle cry for women’s rights and emancipation. This of course serves men’s interests as well – being able to engage in physical relations without consequences. Had our society considered sexuality as sacred, and seen sexual relationships as part of a serious commitment and intimate connection between soulmates, one can wonder if there would be both less motivation to choose abortion and less incidences of sexual assault. How much our politics and our political positions are affected by sexuality and the perceived freedoms around it? In this charged climate and paralyzing polarization, Rabbi Jacobson will address the state of sexuality in our times, and how it impacts virtually every aspect of our lives. What is sexuality? How is it different than intimacy? What can we do to build healthier and sustainable relationships? How can an improved attitude to sexuality free us from being trapped in a political vortex and help broaden our horizons? After all that has been said and written about the Senate’s confirmation proceedings, discover, in this refreshing and groundbreaking talk, a new perspective that will shed light on the core issues and its relevance to our lives.
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October 11, 2018
Should We Ever Take Extreme Measures?
Balance is the healthiest and most coveted approach to life and the challenges we encounter. Extremes usually lead to undesired consequences. When we act desperately, without disciplined composure and presence of mind, we usually make mistakes and go too far in one direction or another. Yet there are times when extreme measures are warranted. How does one determine when to exercise an extreme approach and when not to? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this special High Holidays talk which addresses healthy ways and methods of introspection and soul searching, without going to extremes. Everyone faces situations which may require stronger than usual responses. Discover how to navigate your life knowing when to stay the course and when to veer sharply left or right.
59:22
September 14, 2018
What a Good and Sweet Year Means
We all want a good life. But what does "good" mean? Does it signify anything more than a platitude? The traditional New Year greeting is to be blessed with a "good and sweet year." What is the difference between "good" and "sweet'? Why are these specific terms used? Please join Rabbi Jacobson is this pre-Rosh Hashana talk and discover how the two dimensions of "good and sweet" capture the primary thing we are all looking for: A year of abundance and blessings in all matters, material and spiritual, all in good health. A year of life and joy, filled with nachas (pride and gratification) from yourself, your family and your children. A year of having the humility and gratitude to appreciate your gifts, and the strength and courage to face your challenges. Learn what you can do to help manifest a good and sweet year, allowing you to actualize your greatest potential and build healthy and successful relationships.
48:47
September 7, 2018
The Kabbalah ofYou
How high can we reach and how do we reach there? These two questions lie at heart of life's "big" questions. Some argue that we mortals are quite limited and cannot reach very far. Others add that even if you were able to reach to the stars, you wouldn't know how to or you wouldn't be able to find a vehicle that can take you there. These perspectives hardly leave us with much hope to discover great vistas. No wonder many of us give up before even trying. Enter two great mystics who taught us both the what and the how of transcendence: that we can indeed reach the sky and beyond, and the tools how we can achieve that. Please join Rabbi Jacobson on this special day, Chai Elul, the birthday of these two great luminaries, who provided us with the ladder to climb to the greatest heights and with the method how to climb. You will not want to miss this presentation, which illuminates the Kabbalah of you -- the two primary dimensions in your spiritual DNA, that allows you to see yourself in
49:08
August 31, 2018
How to Build a Marriage That Defies the Odds
How many of today's marriages are healthy and successful? What even defines success in marriage? Is it simply two people getting along, or is there more to it? While failed marriages can be difficult to measure, current statistics show up to a 50% divorce rate. And that does not take into account dysfunctional marriages and emotionally divorced couples who remain only technically married. So we are left with the million dollar question, which is asked again and again: Can we build a marriage that defies the odds? Is there a formula for a healthy and successful marriage? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he tackles, in his unique way, this formidable challenge. Take a journey into the heart and soul of love and relationships, and above all -- into the inner obstacles and demons that block and blind you from finding and holding on to your soulmate. Yes, you can be, unbeknownst to you, your own worst enemy, acting in ways that undermine your own happiness. Learn methods to identify and neu
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August 17, 2018
How One Inspiring Moment Can Change Your Life
We usually associate great power with sheer size and strength. A while back the strongest army was the one with the most military personnel and the largest weapons and arsenal. But as science has increasingly demonstrated, it's not quantity but quality that wields the greatest potency. The splitting of a microscopic atom can deliver far more energy than the largest weapon. Same with the human body: The most powerful forces in our organisms are contained in the tiniest forms in nature -- cells, chromosomes, DNA. How does this play itself out in our personal lives? What can we learn from the power of the minute that can enhance our lives and relationships? Please join Rabbi Jacobson for a fascinating talk on the awesome power of one moment to change your life. We need not wait for dramatic fireworks or elaborate schemes to create revolution. Every second of our lives, every move we make, every step we take, every fiber of our beings, contains enormous potential to reshape destiny and t
55:39
August 9, 2018
Ordinary People Becoming Extraordinary
Do you consider yourself ordinary? Who would you describe as being extraordinary? What defines a hero? Who are the people you admire most? Are they also your role models? What are our criteria for greatness? The standards for excellence in our modern culture are quite confusing. The idols we worship today -- superstars in sports, Hollywood, TV and all our other cultural symbols -- deeply skew and distort reality. How can anyone growing up in today's society have a clear headed view on true value and worth when the greatest premium is placed on celebrity hood, wealth, power and influence? When looks and pizzazz eclipse substance and character, how can an impressionable child ever hope to value the simple beauty of the "ordinary" person and the power of innocence and unadorned beauty? In the shadow of fantasy stars of celluloid and gold, no wonder so many of us consider ourselves ordinary, plain and unexciting.
44:51
August 2, 2018
The Longest Eclipse
Some of life's greatest lessons can be derived from the cosmos. We can learn much just from just looking up at the heavens and seeing the celestial bodies in space. This is especially true of the moon, which continues to mesmerize the human race. Its close proximity to earth, its haunting glow, its phases and effects on our tides and plants -- have, and continue to feed romance, science, religion and folklore, and our quest to better understand ourselves and the world in which we live. During the night of the full moon this month (on July 27/the 15th of Av) the longest total lunar eclipse of the century will fill the sky (it won't be visible in North America, but most of the Eastern Hemisphere will see it). Totality will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes! Please join Rabbi Jacobson for this special full moon edition, and learn fascinating lessons from this historic phenomenon. Discover the deeper meaning of the moon as an archetype reflected in each one of us, and how the lunar cycles
50:29
July 26, 2018
Courage To Break With Fears, Routines and Habits
Fear is one of the most debilitating -- and invisible -- forces that we need to contend with in life. How does one find courage to face fear? It seems like a catch-22 situation: Fear is the antithesis of courage. If you have fear, how can you muster up courage to fight fear; and if you have courage, then you have no need to fear the fear. Is there a way our of this quagmire? All this gets more complicated when you take into consideration your being comfortable with your routines and habitual traps. Your comfort zone coupled with your fears create a formidable resistance to facing challenges and being proactive in finding solutions. Is there hope? Please join Rabbi Jacobson, in this pre-Tisha B'Av talk, and learn how to enter into the dark abyss where our fears reside, and into the crevices where our comfort zones hold us hostage, and come away with greater strength than ever. Fear and habits contain enormous energy -- but that energy is imploded and inverted, entangling us in their c
57:01
July 19, 2018
How to Create a Bright Future Unhaunted by the Past
Why is it that we an't seem to free ourselves of our pasts even when we determine to proceed on with our lives? What is it about the past that keeps us down and even trapped? Why can't we just shake off previous experiences and move forward? In this powerful class Rabbi Jacobson uncovers the mysterious power of inertia created by our pasts, and teaches us how to loosen its hold. Learn how to unclog blocks that imprison your psyche -- and release the enormous energy within, allowing you to build a bright new future, with beautiful new possibilities, unhaunted by the ghosts of yesterday.
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July 17, 2018
Are You Dependent, Co-Dependent or In-Dependent?
Independence Day seems to be a good time to take stock of your own state of independence. Do you feel free or do you feel subjugated to forces controlling your life -- your job, expectations of others, your inner fears? Is your spirit light and soaring like a bird, or are you weighed down and drained? Perhaps this compels us to ask the bigger question: What actually is true independence? Is it a physical state -- as in not being confined to a dungeon, or is it an emotional and psychological state? What can we do to experience and grow our independence? How can we become freed from our trappings? Please join Rabbi Jacobson on this July 4th special, and learn how to honestly evaluate your state of independence and your capacity to free yourself of the shackles (within and without) that hold you down. Whether you are dependent, co-dependent or in-dependent you will discover news ways that empower you to take wing and fly to unprecedented heights.
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July 5, 2018
What Is Integrity?
Integrity is a critical component in virtually every aspect of existence. From infrastructures to relationships, from nature to medicine, from education to leadership - when integrity is compromised the entire entity is jeopardized. Integrity engenders trust and builds confidence and stability. Nothing, frankly, can be relied upon if their is no integrity. And yet, most of us can agree that we live in times when integrity is in crisis. What impact does this have on our psyches and societies? What can we do to restore integrity? The first step in addressing all problems is awareness -- realizing the vital importance of integrity, identifying the problem, understanding its consequences and implications and finding solutions. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this candid talk, shining a light on ourselves, on our values and on our current social standards -- asking the big question: Why is integrity so rare of a commodity today? Do we appreciate its value and power? And how can we rebuild
49:52
June 28, 2018
Is Suicide a Solution? Perspective from Kabbalah
With high profile celebrity suicides in recent news, this painfully tragic issue has returned to the fore. Perhaps the single most dreaded and shame-filled act, suicide remains one of the darkest deeply hidden secrets in a family's life. Citing statistics about something so alarming, seems callous and insensitive, yet this unfortunate data can hopefully serve to propel us to action with increased and focused urgency. Facing the devastating facts, that 45,000 people die by suicide each year - and that's only in the USA - should open our eyes and hearts to be more vigilant to the signs of those who are at risk. The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals... And this does not even touch upon attempted suicides. What can we do to stem this tide? What can we do or say to someone with suicidal thoughts or words? How can we help a family member or friend in need? Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson as he addresses this most distressing issue from both a practical and
59:54
June 21, 2018
How to Earn Trust
"Trust me" is one of the most untrustworthy statements one can make. Would you trust someone simply because they ask you (or tell you) to trust them? Trust must be earned. This is especially true in a situation -- and an environment -- in which trust has been violated, and people have been hurt by those they trusted. But how does one earn trust? Trust is the single most important ingredient in any true communication; it creates the fertile ground for all relationships. What ingredients are necessary for trust to flourish? How do we gain trust? Can one love without trust? And how does one regain trust after it has been betrayed? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he dissects the anatomy of trust, its importance in our lives and how we can build (and rebuild) trusting relationships. Discover surprising insights into the nature of trust, and how it can help you in every aspect of your life.
55:10
June 21, 2018
The Third Option
When faced with a dilemma do you usually find yourself stuck between two stark options - yes or no, right or wrong, hold or fold, proceed or retreat? Do you tend to look at things in black and white? Or in extremes? Do you see people in terms of being either friend or foe? When someone hurts you, do you write them off? When you run into an obstacle, do you easily give up? So often, we only see two options before us. Whether this is due to social conditioning or lack of training, this myopic view on life -- that things are either good or bad -- can seriously limit us from achieving our goals and beyond, as well as impede the great potential in our lives and our relationships. Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this fascinating presentation, which offers a new approach to dealing with virtually every challenge and confrontation in life. We shall call it The Third Option -- one that looks beyond the immediate and the obvious two dimensional perspective, and finds a third way to see things.
55:45
June 11, 2018
What a Civilized Society Looks Like
How would you define civilization? Do you think that the standards for a civilized society have changed over the years? Would we consider, say, ancient Greece as civilized? How would they consider us? Which words would you use to describe civilized: cultured, educated, ethical, enlightened, refined, sophisticated, advanced, or something else? Are there even objective values with which to measure civilization? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this pre-Shavuot class as he presents a surprisingly new definition of civilized life based on the 3330-year old Sinai experience. Discover how this revolutionary event radically changed the universe and introduced the true meaning of a healthy civilization to the world. Learn how it offers us a blueprint for personal and global transformation and redemption.
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May 24, 2018
How to Protect Yourself from Negativity
How much energy and time do you expend on fighting your inner fears? The catch-22 is the more you dwell and obsess over your demons the stronger they become. Is there a way to 1) protect yourself from negativity in the first place? 2) fight your dark thoughts once they consume you? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses this urgent and crucial issue, which is all-pervasive, impacting virtually every aspect of our lives. Discover tools and methods to dispel fear and anxiety. Learn how to preempt and prevent negativity from entering your psyche, and how to free yourself from it after it has attacked. Find out how you can spend more time and energy cultivating your flowers instead of uprooting weeds.
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May 24, 2018
The Third Partner In Your Life
How many partners are there in a relationship? Some say that there are at least six people -- the two spouses, and each of their parents, whose attitudes shaped (and often continue to shape) the lives of their children. When you consider past relationships, then you can throw in more partners -- since a previous relationship often continues to impact (or haunt) a present relationship? On the other end of the spectrum, some cynics argue that there really are no partners in a relationship; that ultimately a "relationship" is nothing more than a self-absorbed relationship with yourself, and your partner and all others are simply "props" to enhance the self. Now let's rephrase the question: How many partners are there in a healthy relationship (with emphasis on the word healthy)? Relationships are difficult enough without bringing into the mix parents and previous connections. So how many partners are necessary to create a robust, growthful and mutually enriching relationship?
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May 14, 2018
The Power of Respect
How important is respect in life? How would you rate the level of respect in society today? Is it strong, average or weak in our homes, schools and workplaces? And what are the consequences of a lack in respect? What impact does it have on us, our children and our world?
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May 7, 2018
How to Recover from Heartbreak
Having a broken heart is one of the most debilitating, yet powerful, and overwhelming experiences one can encounter in life. Can one possibly avoid heartbreak? Can one heal from it? Are there ways to recover from shattered emotions, and grow from them? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he dissects the heart and its mysterious secrets in this - well - heartfelt talk on the nature of love and vulnerability. Learn powerful tools to mend the cracks, suture tears, and discover that nothing is truly as complete as a broken heart.
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April 29, 2018
The Spiritual Benefits Of Nature
Our relationship with nature is as fascinating as it is underappreciated. On one hand, we, our entire survival, is completely dependent on the intact health and balance of nature’s harmony. On the other hand, we are almost completely oblivious of this dependence. There was a time — particularly in the agricultural age — when we were acutely aware of our reliance on nature: we knew, for example, that our very sustenance was dependent on rainfall; the seasons regulated life activities. But today, technology has desensitized us. Nature hums quietly along, doing its thing to maintain the universe, without us even noticing. Is that healthy? What are the implications of our detachment from the natural order in which we live? Are there deeper, psychological and spiritual dimensions to our connection with nature? How could we benefit from them? Please join Rabbi Jacobson, in this New Year for Trees workshop, as he uncovers the hidden roots and origins of our symbiosis with nature, and ho
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April 29, 2018
Restoring Faith In Humanity
Can we trust humans? In his new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, Steven Pinker gives sole credit to humans for all our progress. "The Enlightenment is working," he writes. In his opinion people do not "need to believe in magic, a father in the sky, a strong chief to protect the tribe, myths of heroic ancestors." "Our ancestors replaced dogma, tradition and authority with reason, debate and institutions of truth-seeking. They replaced superstition and magic with science. And they shifted their values from the glory of the tribe, nation, race, class or faith toward universal human flourishing... Secular liberal democracies are the happiest and healthiest places on earth." On the other hand, many survivors of the Holocaust and other travesties perpetrated by man, have declared, that these tragedies have taught us that we no longer can believe in humans; we can only trust G-d. With all the human corruption and selfishness we have witnessed an
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April 29, 2018
The Power of Introverts
Common perception holds that introverts are inferior to extroverts. As recently as 2010, the American Psychiatric Association even considered classifying “introverted personality” as a disorder by listing it in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), a manual used to diagnose mental illness. Is this true? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he analyzes the personality of the introvert. Learn what defines an introvert and about different types of introverts. Discover surprising benefits and advantages of introverts over extroverts, and how each of us have an introvert within -- and how accessing it can transform your life and relationships for the better.
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April 29, 2018
Avoiding Passing Our Own Trauma to Our Children
One of our great challenges is to protect our relationships and children from the traumas and negative experiences that have misshaped our lives. We want to avoid projecting and passing on our fears and insecurities; we don't want them to cloud or pollute our existing and future relationships. But how can we achieve that? As subjective people who are prejudiced by our life experiences, how can we transcend them and not bring them into our interactions? How can we give our children and spouses the best of us, unmuddled by our pasts? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he teaches us how to navigate from a darkened past into a brighter future, from a dysfunctional childhood into healthy relationships. Discover methods to separate the silver from the dross, to learn from our challenges -- to get beyond the ghosts and skeletons in our closets and build powerful, dynamic and wholesome relationships.
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April 29, 2018
The Power of a Moment of Silence
Do you ever feel lost and overwhelmed by the accelerated pace of modern life? With information streaming at us from all directions at dizzying speeds, it's hard to avoid the overload and over stimulation of our senses. Can we even measure the impact and consequences of all these "rush hours" on our psyches, and the amount of stress and anxiety it triggers in our lives? With so many forces tugging at us, what can we do to find space, tranquility and repose that our souls so desperately need? How do we prevent becoming splintered and burned out from this unceasing barrage? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he prsenets a simple but powerful exercise that can help each one of us find focus, clarity and purpose in our increasingly high-charged turbulent world. Discover some of the secrets that make your soul work at its best. Learn how a moment of silence each day can transform your life, dramatically improve our homes and our schools -- and even make them safer -- and help raise our social
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April 29, 2018
The Student Anti-Violence Walk Out: A Spiritual Perspective On The Power Of Youth
Whatever your opinion is about the best ways to prevent school shootings, it's impossible to ignore and not be touched by students around the country rising up demanding action be taken to prevent violence in our schools. When an approximate one million young people, from kindergartners through high-school seniors, take to the streets, we all should take pause and ask: What lessons can this teach us? What is it about the young that makes them so idealistic and so fearless? What can we learn from them, especially from their ability to forever alter mountains that otherwise seemed unmovable? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this empowering discussion on the psycho-spiritual power of our young -- our most precious commodity and the ones who carry our future destiny -- and discover how we can harness this enormous energy into a force for change. Learn how the purity of youth – unadulterated by the cynicism of material life – has the power to change worlds. We’ll call it the youth revolutio
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April 29, 2018
How to Deal With People You Don't Trust
Trust is one of the most fundamental ingredients of a healthy life. Trust of parents, siblings, family. Trust in marriage and relationships. Trust in business and social interactions. What would our lives be like without trust? And yet, we most likely will meet people we don't necessarily trust. How do we deal with such individuals? Or worse: We may encounter experiences where trust was breached. Situations in which someone you trusted -- or should have trusted (like a parent or other family member) -- has betrayed and hurt you. What do we do then? How do you face such people when you have no choice and must engage with them? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses, in his unique style, this vital matter, and learn new life skills and tools to cope with trust issues. Can trust be regained after it was lost? How do we learn to trust, especially after we have been hurt? Can a relationship be mended after it has been fractured? What things can we do to engender and build trust i
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April 29, 2018
Can You Change a Narcissist?
Many argue that a narcissist cannot be healed. Obviously, there are degrees of narcissism, but overall the attitude is that it's best not to have a relationship with a narcissist. Narcissistic Personality Disorder has even become a diagnosis. The reasoning is: because people with this condition present with a great deal of grandiosity and defensiveness, which makes it difficult for them to acknowledge problems and vulnerabilities. Is there hope for those with NPD and the people who love them? Is there anything we can do if we see early warning signs or actual diagnostic criteria besides end the relationship? Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this important lecture, as he dissects the deeper roots of narcissism and offers a surprising new approach to treating this condition based on seeing the human psyche in a new light. Our general attitude and confidence in correcting a personality disorder is in direct proportion to our understanding the depths and powers of a personality in the
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April 29, 2018
How to Keep Calm Under Pressure - The Secret to Serenity
Why do some people become overwhelmed or unhinged under pressure, while others remain perfectly calm? Is this due to nature or nurture? Are we wired differently? Is there a method to keeping composed and collected in stressful situations? Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he analyzes and dissects the underlying causes for stress and anxiety, and learn new tools to maintain your equilibrium. Discover the secret of finding inner calm and serenity even in the most trying of circumstances
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April 29, 2018