14 – Rabbi Simon Jacobson: Educator, Scholar, Author of “Toward a Meaningful Life”

Simon JacobsonRabbi Simon Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold over 300,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech and Croatian.

Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center , which bridges the secular and the spiritual, through a wide variety of live and on-line programming. The Center, which has now found its home in Downtown Manhattan, presents to people of all backgrounds, the universal teachings of Torah as a blueprint for life. MLC, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the NY Times, is in the process of creating a warm, soulful environment, a “third space” where men and women can commune, read, have a coffee and interact, while also offering dynamic, interactive experiences of living spirituality through a variety of ongoing programs, musical and artistic events, lectures, classes and seminars, as well as a wide array of published learning materials, books, audio and video programs. The Center is an outgrowth of Rabbi Jacobson’s popular Wednesday night class that has captured the hearts of thousands of participants over the last 25 years with its spiritual message and profound insights into the human condition.

Jacobson is one of the greatest scholars and sought after speakers in the Jewish world today. He has lectured to diverse audiences on six continents and in forty states on psycho-spiritual issues, applying Jewish thought to contemporary life, in a voice that is rooted in the timeless teachings of Torah, yet at the same time profoundly timely and relevant, unique and cutting edge. He has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including CNN with Larry King, the Charlie Rose Show, and the CBS News Show, “The Best of Us.”

Highlights of this Podcast:

  • The purpose & intent of a true leader is to elevate mankind.
  • Everyone must be a leader.
  • Genuine leadership must give people a long-term vision that imbues their lives with meaning.
  • Leadership is not power and dominance; it’s servitude.
  • A true leader does not seek followers; he wants to teach others how to be leaders.
  • No one is incapable of being a leader in some way, and no one is exempt from the responsibility.