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 a visionary of the highest order.
Toward a Meaningful Life gives people of all backgrounds 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. Although the Rebbe’s teachings are firmly anchored in more than three thousand years of scholarship, the urgent relevance of these old-age truths to contemporary life has never been more manifest.
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, toward a meaningful life, and toward God.
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About 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 the spiritual and helps people discover the deeper meaning of their lives based on the three-thousand-year-old wisdom of the sages.
Read an Excerpt
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.
Table of Contents
|1||Body and Soul||3|
|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|
|21||Women and Men||178|
|22||Science and Technology||188|
|23||Upheaval and Change||198|
|26||Faith and Reason||238|
|28||Philosophy and Practicality||261|
|29||Good and Evil||269|
|Epilogue: The Rebbe as the Messiah?||296|
|References and Notes||307|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.
This book changed my life