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Simon Jacobson (born December 8, 1956) is the author of Toward a Meaningful Life (William Morrow, 2002), founder of The Meaningful Life Center and publisher of the Yiddish English weekly, The Algemeiner Journal. Jacobson is a member of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
Life and early career
Jacobson was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Chabad Hasidic family. He studied in the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva and the Rabbinical College of America, and did his Post-Graduate studies in Central Tomchei Tmimim. While still in yeshiva, Jacobson began working extensively under Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the seventh Chabad rebbe.
Vaad Hanachos Hatemimim
In 1979, Jacobson was appointed by Rabbi Schneerson to head a team of scholars known as Vaad Hanachos Hatemimim that memorized and transcribed entire talks that the Lubavitcher Rebbe gave during the Sabbath and holidays (when writing and tape recording are not permitted under Jewish Law). This team published more than 1,000 of the Rebbe's talks.
Sefer HaLikkutim project
The Meaningful Life Center
Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center called a "spiritual Starbucks" by The New York Times. He is a sought-after speaker 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. He has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including CNN with Larry King, Charlie Rose, and the CBS News Show “The Best of Us.” In 2010, Rabbi Jacobson appeared in the award-winning film, The Human Experience.
Toward a Meaningful Life
Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold more than 300,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian and Czech.
- Toward a Meaningful Life, 1995 ISBN 978-0-9612088-1-3
- Spiritual Guide to Counting the Omer, 1996 ISBN 0-06-051190-7
- 60 DAYS: A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays, 2003 ISBN 1-886587-24-8
- Interview with Simon Jacobson, Chabadominican.com