A few months ago, life was normal and predictable. But the coronavirus has drastically changed our lives, seemingly overnight, and we are all reeling from the mental, emotional, and spiritual fallout. It is a challenge for those fighting addiction, but today’s guest says it’s a special opportunity for those in recovery.
Today, we have Rabbi Simon Jacobson on The SHAIR Podcast. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life and heads The Meaningful Life Center. Rabbi Jacobson brings us profound insight and clarity into the chaos and upheaval coping with this pandemic. He urges us to take a deeper look toward our inner resources as a means to cope with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, because the only true security and safety lies in knowing our own souls.
In this episode, we’ll discover a spiritual antidote for the coronavirus.
Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Rabbi Simon Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold over 400,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Polish, Czech and Georgian.
Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, which bridges the secular and the spiritual, through a wide variety of live and on-line programming. The Meaningful Life Center presents to people of all backgrounds the universal teachings of Torah as a blueprint for life. MLC, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the New York Times, is an outgrowth of Rabbi Jacobson’s teachings which have captured the hearts of thousands of participants over the last 40 years with their spiritual message and profound insights into the human condition.
For over 14 years Rabbi Jacobson, as Editor-in-Chief of Vaad Hanochos Hatmimim, was responsible for publishing the talks of the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Beginning in 1979, he headed a team of scholars that memorized and transcribed entire talks that the Rebbe gave during the Sabbath and holidays, as writing and tape recording are not permitted on holy days. In this position, Rabbi Jacobson was privileged to work in close association with the Rebbe and published more than 1000 of the Rebbe’s talks. He also headed the research team for Sefer Halikutim — an encyclopedic collection of Chassidic thought (26 volumes, published 1977-1982).
Jacobson is one of the greatest scholars and sought after speakers in the Jewish world today. He has lectured to diverse audiences on six continents and in forty states on psycho-spiritual issues and applying Jewish thought to contemporary life. His voice is rooted in the timeless teachings of Torah, yet at the same time is profoundly timely, relevant, unique, and cutting edge. He has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including CNN with Larry King, the Charlie Rose Show, and the CBS News Show The Best of Us.
He is also the chairman and publisher of The Algemeiner Journal, the “fastest growing Jewish newspaper in America” according to CNBC, filling the position of his illustrious father, esteemed journalist, Gershon Jacobson.
The Meaningful Life Center
The Meaningful Life Center is a spiritual health and wellness center for ALL, where Rabbi Jacobson offers an enormous amount of free resources. Indispensable Life Skills are tools that Rabbi Jacobson has been sharing for many years now – since publishing his best-seller, Toward a Meaningful Life in 1996, it has become more relevant than ever in the face of the global pandemic where our timely programs are all about positive empowerment, building spiritual strength, boosting emotional and psychological immunity.
He has launched a new daily video called The Spiritual Antidote to counter all the negative energy and fear associated with the Coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world.
People have more than enough—actually inundated with—reminders of the dangers of the virus. What they need is the anti-virus — the message of hope, confidence, courtage and light, to rise to the occasion and be stronger than ever.
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Rabbi Jacobson has dealt a lot coaching people going through these challenging times, both the addicted and the dependant. His message and approach is not focusing on the lowliness of man, but mans’ great divine potential—looking up not down. This doesn’t mean he ignores the challenge, and doesn’t do what is necessary health wise. It means addiction treatment coupled with having our feet firmly planted on the ground our eyes and heads are looking at heaven.
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