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Rabbi YY Jacobson: How Did the Rebbe Revolutionize Judaism?



In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to renowned Chabad speaker Rabbi YY Jacobson about Chassidus, Chabad, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

In honor the Rebbe’s 30th yahrtzeit, YY Jacobson helps us explore the purpose of Creation, our role in the world, and how the soul of the universe relates to the soul of the human being. In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Hasidic thought, and what differentiates it from Kabbalah?
  • How did Jewish emancipation and integration lead to Jews turning inward and focusing on the soul and God’s Presence in the world?
  • What was the Rebbe’s understanding of messianism and Zionism, and what might it mean for how we live our lives?

Tune in to hear a conversation about how the Rebbe brought oneness to the Jewish People during some of our most turbulent times.

Interview begins at 6:18.

Rabbi YY Jacobson, founder and dean of, is a popular teacher of Chabad Chassidus. Having been an “oral scribe” of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Jacobson was a close follower of the Rebbe in the last stages of the Rebbe’s life. Rabbi Jacobson has additionally been the editor-in-chief of The Algemeiner Journal and the spiritual leader of Congregation Bais Shmuel.



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Torah Studies by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Turning Judaism Outwards by Chaim Miller

Rebbe by Joseph Telushkin

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