Simply Jewish: The Secrets of Chabad with YY Jacobson
Although Chabad emissaries eschew a denominational label, referring to themselves as 'simply Jewish,' the movement continues to thrive and grow stronger in the absence of the rebbe. Their warm and welcoming hospitality, as well as their signature motif, continues to alter and positively influence the way in which Jews understand ultra-orthodoxy and Judaism as a whole.
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One of America’s premier Jewish thinkers and leaders, Rabbi YY (Yosef Yitzchak) Jacobson is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Jewish world today. He serves as a mentor to hundreds of thousands across the globe and is considered one of the most passionate and mesmerizing communicators of Judaism in today’s generation.
During the coronavirus pandemic, he presented hundreds of classes and lectures, to every demographic of the Jewish community worldwide, offering inspiration and perspective. His video clips of empowerment and resilience went viral, reaching millions.
Rabbi YY Jacobson was the first Rabbi ever to be invited by the Pentagon to deliver the religious keynote to the US Military Chief of Chaplains and to the National Security Agency. Over the last twenty years, Rabbi Jacobson traveled to hundreds of communities, shuls, schools, yeshivos, and universities across the globe, educating and inspiring people of all backgrounds with the majestic depth of Torah and Yiddishkeit.
Rabbi Jacobson founded and serves as Dean of TheYeshiva.net, teaching, via the web, one of the largest Torah classes in the world today, with thousands of students globally.
Born in 1972 in Brooklyn, NY, Rabbi Jacobson grew up at the feet of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, absorbing his teachings and writings. In 1988, at the age of 15, a young Jacobson began serving on a small team of “oral scribes” and human tape recorders. They were charged with memorizing and transcribing three to seven hours of talks by the Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory, which were presented on the Shabbat and Jewish holidays, when recording devices were not used.
Jacobson serves as the spiritual leader of the Ohr Chaim Synagogue in Monsey, NY, and authored of “A Tale of Two Souls”—a 150 audio series on the teachings of the Chassidic classic, the Tanya. He has written more than 1,000 articles on Biblical and Talmudic studies, Jewish law, Kabbalah, psychology and history. Formerly, he served as editor-in-chief of the largest Yiddish English newspaper existing today, The Algemeiner Journal.
Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is the Chief Innovation Officer for American Jewish University. Rabbi Hirsch made headlines as the first female rabbi at Sinai Temple, the largest Conservative congregation on the west coast. She served as Senior Rabbinic Scholar at Hillel International, where she created and developed Hillelwell, an initiative for Hillels worldwide to become the recognized address for preventative mental health. A thought leader on spirituality and religion, Rabbi Hirsch has appeared on the Today Show, ABC News, Extra, and PBS, among other outlets, and has been a contributor to Time.com, Oprah Magazine, the Jewish Journal, the Hollywood Journal, and more. She is the author of “Thresholds, How to Live Fearlessly and Regret Free” (featured in “Hot Type” in Vanity Fair), and “We Plan, God Laughs, What to do When Life Hits You Over the Head” (recognized on Amazon’s Top 100 List). Rabbi Hirsch was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.