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Rabbi YY Jacobson

News and updates about Rabbi YY Jacobson

Seder gems

This Passover, discover your true light. 3333 years later, we still remember.

Seder gems

How to bring out the best in your loved ones

If You Don’t Love Me, Don’t Expel Me,

How to bring out the best in your loved ones

10-7 and 9-11: Hitler, Hamas, and a Historic Diary

G-d wants you to be good, but He also wants you to shine. Creating ambitious and confident children does not guarantee their moral uprightness and integrity.

10-7 and 9-11: Hitler, Hamas, and a Historic Diary

The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole

Good morning, soul.

The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole

The truth about Antisemitism is hard for Jews to accept

October 7th demonstrates the cause of Jew-hatred.

The truth about Antisemitism is hard for Jews to accept

Our relationship with money

The day Moses became a bookkeeper.

Our relationship with money

A cover-up of Biblical proportions

A tribute to my dear student Nadiv.

A cover-up of Biblical proportions

Breaking the Tablets was Moses' greatest moment

"The world breaks everyone, and afterwards some are stronger in the broken places.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Breaking the Tablets was Moses' greatest moment

Are you a sun or a moon?

The Jewish Leap Year Challenges Us to Integrate Creativity and Consistency.

Are you a sun or a moon?

In a dark exile, whispering trees

A father plants saplings 210 years early, offering solace to his children.

In a dark exile, whispering trees

The Hassidic definition of trauma

When my reptilian brain goes wild, I need to help it see its owner

The Hassidic definition of trauma

Behind the War on Hamas

The two great evils of history: The Islamists and Hitler.

Behind the War on Hamas

Rabbi Elkana Vizel's last letter

Jewish History Is a study of the future: “Moses and the Children of Israel will sing”.

Rabbi Elkana Vizel's last letter

Depressing Time, Productive Time, Redemptive Time

Is time a storm in which we are all lost?

Depressing Time, Productive Time, Redemptive Time

The First Commandment: Find the Courage to Heal

“Let My People Go!” But Can They Let Themselves Go?

The First Commandment: Find the Courage to Heal

We need to get rid of the inferiority complex

Why Our First and Greatest Leader Never Ate Schmaltz Herring.

We need to get rid of the inferiority complex

Reuben and Judah: A psychological profile

What does it mean to be a leader?

Reuben and Judah: A psychological profile

The State of the Jewish Nation: Navigating paradox

Why was Pharaoh blown away by Joseph?

The State of the Jewish Nation: Navigating paradox

The Jewish Heart is beating stronger than ever

No, we have not betrayed our mission: Yehudah, Tamar and a Hanukkah drama

The Jewish Heart is beating stronger than ever

We fed the crocodile for too long: Israel's mission today

Maybe Rivkah didn't want to deceive her husband, she just wanted Jacob to display another side.

We fed the crocodile for too long: Israel's mission today

16 million Jews waiting for marching orders

Let's nor forfeit a historic opporunity. The world is on fire.

16 million Jews waiting for marching orders

A simple guide to understanding the Hamas-Israel War

Read the answer to the question: What do I tell my friends about Israel's actions in Gaza?

A simple guide to understanding the Hamas-Israel War

The mule and the salt: The secret of Torah

When the Soviet soldier placed the child survivor on his shoulders.

The mule and the salt: The secret of Torah

My love will be stronger than your defiance

We can all use a hug: the power of the sukkah.

My love will be stronger than your defiance

A tale of two bank managers: The essence of Yom Kippur

If I’m Never Enough, I Give Up.

A tale of two bank managers: The essence of Yom Kippur

A small step for Man; A giant step for G-d

It's never all or nothing.

A small step for Man; A giant step for G-d

Why are we here?

The High Holidays as the language of love.

Why are we here?

On the definition of Jewish Nationhood

When the Klausenburger Rebbe demanded the curses be read aloud.

On the definition of Jewish Nationhood

Can you forgive your child?

How do you deal with children who put you through the wringer?

Can you forgive your child?

A tale of two Torahs: The timeless and the timely

If Judaism Is immutable, how can it be relevant?

A tale of two Torahs: The timeless and the timely

The complainer

When all you can see are carcasses, here is something wrong with you.

The complainer

Why Israel must reclaim its soul now

The Split In Israel: Hatikvah Vs. Bentching. What does one have that the other doesn't?

Why Israel must reclaim its soul now

When the play comes to an end, don't opt out

A sea of tears and joy.

When the play comes to an end, don't opt out

The thing I fear most Is fear

We are living in an age of Empowerment and Healing.

The thing I fear most Is fear

The only Yartzeit mentioned in the Torah is Aaron’s. Why?

Miriam and Moses, we don’t see in the Torah the date of their passing. Why was his passing day enshrined in the biblical text?

The only Yartzeit mentioned in the Torah is Aaron’s. Why?

G-d's vulnerability

Your simple prayer on an ordinary weekday shakes the Heavens. Every Mincha is priceless.

G-d's vulnerability

Understanding the generation: Why was Moses denied the Holy Land

Slaves respond to a stick, free people need inspiration.

Understanding the generation: Why was Moses denied the Holy Land

The Rebbe's advice for the boy who smoked on Shabbos

Let there be life!

The Rebbe's advice for the boy who smoked on Shabbos

Dance to the beat of creativity

Shlach (Diaspora): Why were the spies condemned for reporting the facts?

Dance to the beat of creativity

Every child needs a Miriam

A single gesture toward a baby reverberates throughout History.

Every child needs a Miriam

An Ode to the survivors

The 3 families of the Levites and the 3 phases of Jewish History.

An Ode to the survivors

Children, please make some noise!

Did our parents brainwash us? And on the tradition to bring all Jew to shul on Shavuos to hear the Ten Commandments read on the holiday.

Children, please make some noise!

Why give the Torah in a desert, not in a five-star resort?

Who owns Judaism?

Why give the Torah in a desert, not in a five-star resort?

The first manual for addicts

G-d says: My contract precedes your contract.

The first manual for addicts

A Rebbe's Blessing to Eli Wiesel

The courage to start all over .

A Rebbe's Blessing to Eli Wiesel

Moshiach the Leper

What shames you most: The story of the 4 lepers in our own lives.

Moshiach the Leper

How to become a kosher human being

Do you have standards? Do you challenge yurself? How do you know if you are alive?

How to become a kosher human being

Salvation from the depths of despair

Moshiach? Seriously? Just a quick read of the newspapers seems to suggest that the promise of Isaiah is only getting farther away.

Salvation from the depths of despair

O Dry Bones, can you hear the Word of G-d?

The historical and psychological meaning of Ezekiel's Vision

O Dry Bones, can you hear the Word of G-d?

The alcoholic's Seder

A Tale of Two Cities: Kobe and Barditchov.

The alcoholic's Seder

Leadership is synonymous with sin - don't fear making mistakes

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.—Max Lucado

Leadership is synonymous with sin - don't fear making mistakes

A cover-up of biblical proportions

The Truth, the Whole Truth and…

A cover-up of biblical proportions

How the Golden Calf benefited the Jews

Whence such a transformation?

How the Golden Calf benefited the Jews

Be who G-d meant you to be and you will set the world on fire

Start the party: Learning from an uncouth dictator how to celebrate life.

Be who G-d meant you to be and you will set the world on fire

In a dark Exile, whispering trees

Why Chassidus Is critical to trauma healing.

In a dark Exile, whispering trees

An Eye for an Eye? Really?

Why the discrepancy between the Oral and Written traditions of Judaism?

An Eye for an Eye? Really?

Why I am a proud Jew

Three Truths which compelled Jethro to join our People.

Why I am a proud Jew

Jewish History is a study of the future

“Moses and the Children of Israel Will Sing...”

Jewish History is a study of the future

Is time a storm in which we are all lost?

Depressing Time, Productive Time, and Redemptive Time.

Is time a storm in which we are all lost?

Let my people go - but can they let themselves go?

Why do you need to control me?

Let my people go - but can they let themselves go?