Toward a Meaningful Life course at Chabad

Posted Wednesday, Jan 19th, 2011
Sparta Independent

Sparta — The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present Toward a Meaningful Life: A Soul-Searching Journey for Every Jew, the institute’s new six-session winter course that will begin during the week of Feb. 6.

Rabbi Shmuel Lewis of Chabad of Sussex County will conduct the six course sessions from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, and 16 at Chabad of Sussex County, located at 191 Woodport Road, Suite 208C, in Sparta.

“The objective of this course is to teach and empower individuals of all backgrounds with new life skills based on traditional Torah thought, thereby enabling them to transform the way they view their daily lives,” said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of the institute’s headquarters in Brooklyn. “The course offers an antidote to the monotony and grind of unchanging routines. It provides newfound energy and exhilaration in taking on challenges, and it offers practical strategies for developing a deeper sense of joy and satisfaction.”

Through the examination of the spectrum of life, personal growth, relationships, home, work, special challenges, and the role of God and faith in daily existence, each session will also examine the Torah’s perspective, and students will be invited to challenge their current views and consider more meaningful approaches to these topical subjects.

In addition, each lesson will conclude with a toolbox of exercises and guidelines to help students make full use of the ideas and strategies that will be discussed.

Although the course is prepared by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, head of the Meaningful Life Center in New York City and author of the book “Toward a Meaningful Life,” the sessions are freestanding and no prior familiarity with the book is assumed.

The Meaningful Life course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 973-726-3333 or visit for registration and other course-related information. Institute courses are presented in Sussex County in conjunction with Chabad of Sussex County.

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