Simon Jacobson

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Simon Jacobson speaks at the National Prayer Luncheon at Scott Air Force Base in 2010

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[edit]

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 as a choizer for the talks of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the seventh Chabad rebbe.[1]

Vaad Hanachos Hatemimim[edit]

In 1979, Jacobson began directing 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.[1]

Sefer HaLikkutim project[edit]

Jacobson was also part of the research team for Sefer HaLikkutim – an encyclopedic collection of Chassidic thought anthologized from the works of the Tzemach Tzedek (26 volumes, published 1977–1982).[1]

The Meaningful Life Center[edit]

Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, called a "spiritual Starbucks" by The New York Times.[2] He is a sought-after speaker in the Jewish world today.[3] 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[edit]

Jacobson is the author of the book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold more than 300,000 copies and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Polish and Czech.[4][5]

The Algemeiner[edit]

Jacobson is also the publisher of the Yiddish English Weekly, The Algemeiner Journal. Many of his writings are syndicated on other Chabad websites, including[6] and[4]



  • 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

Personal life[edit]

Jacobson married on February 21, 1983, and has two children. His brother is Yosef Yitzchak Jacobson, a Chabad rabbi and the dean and Rosh Yeshiva of,[7] who was the first rabbi invited by the Pentagon to present the annual keynote address to the US military Chief of Chaplains Senior Leadership Training Conference.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Interview with Simon Jacobson Archived 2009-08-08 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ "Synagogue, and 'Spiritual Starbucks'". The New York Times. 29 September 2008.
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  4. ^ a b "Rabbi Simon Jacobson – Askmoses Resident Scholar – Judaism Jewish History Expert".
  5. ^ "Chabad South Hills News". Pittsburgh, PA:. IN Community Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Toward a Meaningful Life: A Soul-Searching Journey for Every Jew....Although the course is prepared by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, head of the Meaningful Life Center in New York City and author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, the sessions are freestanding and no prior familiarity with the book is assumed.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ "Browse by Author".
  7. ^ Dean Archived June 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Chabad Lubavitch Brooklyn New York NY World Headquarters".

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