Fighting Apathy: Preparing in the Years of Plenty for the Years of Famine
Often, we get stuck in the here and now – trying our best to simply survive or live in the moment, and not being able to see the forest from the trees. How do we find the resolve and passion to look ahead, to see a future that is a direct result of our current actions and beliefs? Can we shift our mindset to see the bigger picture and actualize it in our daily lives?
The Elusive Secret of Family Harmony: When Eleven Brothers Turned on One
Jealousy, betrayal, sibling rivalry… Just how far can it go? In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeishev, Jospeh is sold into slavery by his eleven brothers. Eleven brothers who – instead of loving him unconditionally and having his back – are so overcome with bitterness toward him that they want him dead, gone from their lives for good. How does this happen?
A Mother’s Tears: What Rachel Teaches us About Maternal Love
What is true, eternal love? In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayishlach, we read the story of Rachel’s sad death in childbirth, giving her life for her newborn child. This personifies her historical role as the quintessential mother who would sacrifice herself for her children, throughout the ages, until the end of time.
Jacob’s Ladder: A Lesson on the Ups and Downs of Life
In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeitzei, Jacob dreamed of a ladder standing on the ground. A ladder by definition goes two days: up and down. If we risk going up, we may fall down, but if we never attempt that first step – we will never rise.
The Inner Struggle of Good vs. Evil: Jacob and Esau Within Us
In this week’s Torah Portion, Toldot, twins are born to Rebecca and Isaac. Esau and Jacob, two brothers with very different storylines; one a warrior, one a scholar. The battle between these two brothers is alive and kicking within each of us today.
Is There Life after Death? Eternal Lessons from our Matriarch Sarah
In this week’s Torah Portion, Chayei Sarah, we discuss the passing of Sarah, and yet the whole portion is named The Life of Sarah. Let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on the meaning of life itself.
Ishmael and Isaac: A Timeless Family Feud
In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeira, we discuss the two sons of Abraham – Ishmael and Isaac and their historic sibling rivalry; a fundamental dispute that continues to this very day.
The Secret to Personal Growth: Three Lessons from Abraham
In this week’s Torah Portion, Lech-Lecha, we discuss Abraham . hat fundamental lessons can we learn from him? What impact does his story and journey have on our every day lives?
Post Holiday Blues
How do we maintain the holiday inspiration?
How to Achieve Eternity: Lessons from Universal Studios Hollywood
What personal lessons can we possibly learn from the mega entertainment center at Universal Studios in Hollywood?
Sukkot 2021: How to Make it Personal
Join Rabbi Jacobson for a fascinating lesson on how these holy days, between the holidays of Yom Kippur and Sukkot, can transform our entire lives.
9/11 All Over Again?
Join Rabbi Jacobson to reflect, remember and honor 9/11, while discovering how we can grow from such pain and destruction.