The Wisdom of the Rebbe

“When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.”

Menachem Mendel Schneerson

As those of you who regularly visit my website know, it is filled with many resources for living one’s life fully, healthfully, and with the invaluable anchor of a strong belief in the Mind-Body-Spirit connection.  I would like to point you to one item in my “Recommended Readingfound at the top of my website Home Page under Quick Links that you may not have discovered yet.  It is Toward a Meaningful Life, New Edition: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson by Simon Jacobson.  The link to reviewing this wonderful book at Barnes & Noble is:

From the Barnes & Noble site, you can sample some of what is in this important book, and, as I have included on my website with my recommendation, the overview of the uplifting wisdom we can gain from Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson for both those of the Jewish faith as well as non-Jewish readers.  It is wisdom that crosses all ethnic boundaries to be simply a message that all of us as human beings can apply to the way we choose to live our lives:

From the Barnes & Noble Overview:

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.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer said in its review of this marvelous book,

“…Toward a Meaningful Life would be of interest and value to a reader regardless of religious affiliation or degree of belief.”

To me, that pretty much says it all.  Each of us can gain something invaluable about living a meaningful life from this book.  I ask you to take a look at it and then write to me about what you learned from reading it in terms of living a meaningful life, a goal so many of us share no matter where we are or what we do.

I’m looking forward to hearing from any and all of you who give yourself the gift of reading Toward a Meaningful Life, New Edition: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson by Simon Jacobson.