Toward a Meaningful Life

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Toward a Meaningful LifeToward a Meaningful Life is a spiritual road map for living – for Jews and Gentiles alike – based on the teachings of one of the foremost religious leaders of our time: Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Head of the Lubavitcher movement for forty-four years and referred to throughout the world simply as “the Rebbe”, he was a sage and a visionary of the highest order. Although the Rebbe’s teachings are firmly anchored in over two thousand years of Torah scholarship, he applies age-old truths to contemporary life. The Rebbe teaches a distinctly universal message, calling for unity and for all humankind to lead productive and virtuous lives.

Toward a Meaningful Life gives the modern reader – even the most secular – a fresh perspective on every aspect of his or her life, whether it is a trivial concern or the most profound matter of the soul. The book gives the Rebbe’s perspective on the range of life’s cycles, from birth to youth to aging to death; from marriage, love and intimacy, work and fitness, to pain and suffering, education, miracles, science, and state and religion. One learns how to bridge the dichotomy between accelerated technology and decelerated morality, between unprecedented world-wide unity and unparalleled personal disunity.

The Rebbe teaches that we now stand at the threshold of a new era of knowledge and information, using ideas that unite people as opposed to the materialism that divides them. With Toward a Meaningful Life, the reader discovers how each of us is indispensable and how we all can and must make our unique indelible mark on our common future. The compiler and editor, Simon Jacobson, presents the Rebbe’s teachings in profound, clear language, guiding each of us toward a meaningful life.

Softcover, 317 pages, published by Harper (2004).