Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersonby Simon Jacobson
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/b>
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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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.
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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