Supreme Court/Abortion/Election: Can We Talk?

Rabbi Simon Jacobson — scholar, author, and Founding Dean of The Meaningful Life Center — discusses how to have civil dialogue in 2020

NEW YORK, NY, October 01, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With the country roiled in controversy over filling the seat of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a deeply polarized environment leading up to the presidential election, can we find a way to have meaningful conversation? Rabbi Simon Jacobson, bestselling author, scholar and Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., shares how we can have civil dialogue despite emotionally charged debates.

"Are we now trapped in the convulsions of the emotionally charged debate between pro-lifers and pro-choicers, with no hope in sight?" Rabbi Jacobson asks. "Can this country find some resolution to the bitter battles splitting us apart?"

Rabbi Jacobson's approach is grounded in the core belief that life is precious, and every individual has a unique and indispensable contribution to make.

"Birth is God saying you matter. The indispensable value of life is a central theme in everything we encounter, whether we are speaking about the pandemic, or racism, or any issue," he says.

Drawing upon history and deep scholarship, the sage and spiritual leader offers refreshing approaches to dealing with the crises of our times, including questions such as:

• How can we disagree civilly?
• How can we rise above emotional rancor and speak intelligently with each other?
• Can we find common ground even when we fundamentally disagree about values?
• How do we balance freedom of religion and freedom of choice and expression and separation of church and state?
• Can religious beliefs work hand in hand with respecting individual rights?

Rabbi Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book "Toward a Meaningful Life" that's sold more than 400,000 copies to date and has been translated into 11 languages. He is also the Dean and Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, based in Brooklyn, N.Y. He shares emotional, psychological, and spiritual skills to help people live the most meaningful lives possible. His "blueprint for modern-day life" is based on 3,300 years of moral, spiritual, Kabbalistic and historical wisdom.

Considered one of the greatest scholars and most sought-after speakers in the Jewish world today, Rabbi Jacobson has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including CBS, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, FOX, and NPR. He is also the chairman and publisher of The Algemeiner Journal, the "fastest growing Jewish newspaper in America" according to CNBC. Additional timely questions he can explore include:

* Is racism inherent to the human condition, or is there hope for change?
* How can we cultivate sensitive law enforcers, yet maintain law and order?
* What has the pandemic taught us about the human condition?
* What message can we take away from it for ourselves and our children?
* How can we deal with the stress of losing a job and other anxieties?
* How has quarantine taught us to connect in deeper ways?

"When we look back at 2020, what will we be able to say to our children, to our families, to our country, to our people? I'm passionate about helping improve the human condition, helping elevate it," he says.

About: Rabbi Simon Jacobson shares emotional, psychological, and spiritual skills to help people live their most meaningful lives. An "engaged sage" with an open, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach, he provides clarity, solutions, and new perspectives based on timeless teachings. He is the author of the best-selling book "Toward a Meaningful Life" and Founding Dean of The Meaningful Life Center. Learn more at

For more information visit the online press kit To request an interview with Rabbi Jacobson, contact publicist Michelle Tennant Nicholson: or 828-749-3200.

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