Dear Rabbi Simon Jacobson,
I finished your book “Towards a Meaningful Life.” I was overwhelmed and it was very insightful. Thank you for writing it, I do appreciate it.
I met you when you toured in Birmingham, Alabama and was deeply touched and moved by your seminar at Barnes and Nobles. The reason I was so moved was your statement “Your being born is God’s way of saying ‘you matter‘” I think that statement answered a lot of questions for me. I have been suicidal for a while, spent some time in a hospital and could “not” get an answer to life. When you said that line, it was a place inside of me that pierced through me and opened up a world of new possibilities and serene peace.
I went to shake your hand in Birmingham and told you that I had an undergrad in Theology and was acquiring my masters in Divinity at a Christian Seminary. I had taken a break from Seminary because I did not feel as if it was the proper decision for me. In my studies at College and Seminary, I mainly focused of Jewish tradition, the Hebrew Language and Jews today.
I have a deep respect for Jewish people and their traditions. To be brutally honest, your lecture was much more enjoyable than a lot of my professor’s lectures in college.