Rabbi Simon Jacobson puts current events and personal challenges into a historical and psychological context, presenting a path forward for our society.
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Pinchas: The Peaceful Zealot
Lessons on fundamentalism and radicalism: Is religious extremism dangerous?
King David: The Warrior and The Psalmist
Lessons on being a successful leader: how to empower your people and ignite their hearts and souls.
Balaam: The Prophet Whose Curses Turned into Blessings
Lessons from a donkey to a prophet: how to transform negativity into positivity.
Joseph: The Prince of Egypt
Lessons on loyalty and royalty: the journey from pauper to prince
Korach: The Rebel
Lessons on authority and bureaucracy: When to challenge and when to accept?
Moses: The Ultimate Leader
Lessons on humility, trust and communication: how one modest man became the greatest leader of all time.
Jacob and Esau: The Battle between Good and Evil
Lessons on confrontation and peace: how to balance matter and spirit and merge the body and soul
Sara: The “First Lady’ of the Bible
Lessons on dignity, devotion and determination: behind every great man, lies a powerful woman.
Abraham: The First Pioneer
Lessons on how to be a nonconformist: transform the tests of life into healing, purpose and meaning.
Noah: Rebuilding a Broken World
Lessons on hard work and survival: build for yourself – and for your family, friends and community – an ark.
Adam and Eve: The Very First Couple
Lessons on relationships: the good, the bad, the ugly – and the divine.
Balancing Individuality and the Community
In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayahkel, we learn a vital lesson on how to uncover our unique voice and how our individuality does not compromise our love for others.