Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

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With a new foreword and chapter that address the upheaval that followed the events of September 11, Toward a Meaningful Life is a spiritual road map for living based on the teachings of one of the foremost religious leaders of our time: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Head of the Lubavitcher movement for forty-four years and recognized throughout the world simply as "the Rebbe," Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who passed away in June 1994, was a sage and visionary of the highest order. Toward a Meaningful Life ...
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With a new foreword and chapter that address the upheaval that followed the events of September 11, Toward a Meaningful Life is a spiritual road map for living based on the teachings of one of the foremost religious leaders of our time: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Head of the Lubavitcher movement for forty-four years and recognized throughout the world simply as "the Rebbe," Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who passed away in June 1994, was a sage and visionary of the highest order. Toward a Meaningful Life gives Jews and non-Jews alike fresh perspectives on every aspect of their lives-from birth to death, youth to old age; marriage, love, intimacy, and family; the persistent issues of career, health, pain, and suffering; and education, faith, science, and government. We learn to bridge the divisions between accelerated technology and decelerated morality, between unprecedented worldwide unity and unparalleled personal disunity. At the threshold of a new world where matter and spirit converge, the Rebbe proposes spiritual principles that unite people as opposed to the materialism that divides them. In doing so, he continues to lead us toward personal and universal redemption, a meaningful life, and God.
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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
...Toward a Meaningful Life would be of interest and value to a reader regardless of religious affiliation or degree of belief.
Jerusalem Post International
...There is certainly much wisdom, integrity and depth of feeling and thought in these pages...
Library Journal
The renowned Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who died just over a year ago, was the rebbe, or spiritual leader, for 44 years of the Lubavitcher Hasidim, the best known of the Hasidic groups worldwide. The Lubavitchers, under his guidance, have exerted tremendous influence, both spiritual and political, on all branches of Judaism; many of his devoted followers considered the rebbe to be the long-awaited Messiah himself. The present volume, compiled by one of his disciples, presents a compilation of the rebbe's thoughts and teachings about spiritual and worldly concepts such as our ideas about God, love, death, sex, and good and evil. As far as this reviewer can ascertain, this is the first time the rebbe's writings have appeared in English. A highly important and insightful book, this could have a much wider audience than just Jews because the rebbe's approach is nonparochial and nonsectarian, and his ideas would be engaging to non-Jewish readers as well. Highly recommended for all religion collections.Robert A. Silver, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
George Cohen
Rabbi Schneerson was the leader (or rebbe) of the Lubavitch movement of Hasidic Judaism for 44 years until his death in 1994 and was thought by some to be the messiah. Born in the Ukraine in 1902, he conducted his leadership of the movement from his home in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The movement was nearly devastated by the Holocaust but then grew to a worldwide community of more than 200,000 members. This book is an attempt to show that the rebbe's teachings are more relevant today than they ever have been and to demonstrate how they can reshape the way we think and act by introducing us to what Simon Jacobson, Schneerson's translator and the preparer of this text, sees as a higher level of consciousness and awareness. The subjects addressed include birth, childhood, education, love, intimacy, and health and fitness. The book is, of course, more meaningful for Jews, but all readers can benefit from its sagacity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688141967
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

For fourteen years Rabbi Simon Jacobson was responsible for publishing the talks of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. A widely traveled and prolific public speaker, Rabbi Jacobson lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the founder of the Meaningful Life Center, which builds bridges between the secular and spiritual and helps people discover the deeper meaning of their lives based on the three-thousand-year-old wisdom of the sages.

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The Rebbe once encouraged a gifted student to use his free time to inspire his fellow students to pursue not only their academic studies but their spiritual studies as well. "My schedule is already so full, I don't know how I could possibly add anything more to it," the student said. And then, realizing that the Rebbe's own schedule was far more crowded, be said, "Frankly, I don't understand where you get the strength and stamina to work as you do."

"Every person has both a body and a soul," said the Rebbe. "It is like a bird and its wings. Imagine if a bird were unaware that its wings enabled it to fly, they would only add an extra burden of weight. But once it flaps its wings, it lifts itself skyward. We all have wings--our soul--that can lift us as high as we need go. All we have to do is learn to use them."

Excerpted from Toward a Meaningful Life. Copyright © 1995 by Vaad Hanochos Hatmimim.Toward a Meaningful Life. Copyright © by Simon Jacobson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xix
I MAN
1 Body and Soul 3
2 Birth 14
3 Childhood 21
4 Education 30
5 Youth 39
6 Marriage 48
7 Love 58
8 Intimacy 66
9 Home and Family 74
10 Health and Fitness 85
11 Work and Productivity 93
12 Charity and Wealth 101
13 Aging and Retirement 108
14 Death and Grieving 117
15 Pain and Suffering 125
16 Fear and Anxiety 134
17 A Day of Life 143
II Society
18 Responsibility 153
19 Government 161
20 Leadership 170
21 Women and Men 178
22 Science and Technology 188
23 Upheaval and Change 198
24 Our Generation 212
III G-D
25 G-d 223
26 Faith and Reason 238
27 Unity 249
28 Philosophy and Practicality 261
29 Good and Evil 269
30 Miracles 280
31 Redemption 288
Epilogue: The Rebbe as the Messiah? 296
Acknowledgments 299
Biography 303
References and Notes 307
Selected Bibliography 315
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    This book puts meaning in to every day life

    If you are a searcher or a skeptic this book is for you.Be it jew or none jew it is a must read.Simon Jacobson puts the dippest topics in the laymans language.It is a life changer,and change is always good.As the sages say 'words that come from the heart enter the heart' well this wisdom comes from the heart and i asure you that it will enter your heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    An Amazing book , An Amazing man

    I saw this title in the book store and said hmm... What can I learn from this book? I opened it and turned to the first page and started to cry. The topics are basic (birth, death, love, etc.)but the wisdom is sooo profound and simple. The wisdom is already engraved on our hearts, we just need to remember to read what it says. I have read it a few times and always find something to remember. Sometimes reading it I feel the Rebbe talking to me personally, explaining the things that I have been feeling. Thank you Simon Jacobson for writing it down and Thank you Rebbe Schneerson for sharing your wisdom.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    This book changed my life

    This book changed my life

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