About the Author

Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Rabbi Adam Jacobs was born and raised in New York and has lived in Boston and Jerusalem, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He completed his B.A. in Music from Brandeis University and has a Masters of Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, the Algemeiner Journal and Aish.com. He has a podcast on music and spirituality called The Secret Chord and is the host of a YouTube show on science and theology called Beyond Belief. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Penina and 5 children.

Where's Waldo and the Design Argument

Are atheists and Intelligent Design advocates both missing the point?

Hellen Keller's Kabbalistic Insight

The art of seeing with your mind.

Hidden Meaning in the Talmud's Cures and Fables

Is there more than meets the eye in these strange stories?

Love is a Skeleton Key

Love: the strangest and most profound human experience.

Near Death Experience in Ancient Jewish Sources

Is the Near Death Experience a purely modern phenomenon or are there credible sources that support it in ancient texts?

The Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence

​​From antiquity to the present, there have been many great philosophers who have made "cosmological" arguments for the existence of God. Are they still compelling?

Help, I Don't Exist!

How can a material entity be consciously aware of itself?

Milk and Meat: A Deeper Look at the Biggest Jewish Food Hang-up

Discover the mystical and spiritual reasons to keep milk and meat apart.

The Marvelously Modest Matzah

What no one told you about matzah.

Why Maror Is the Bitter Herb You Want to Endure

The bitter herb represents a taste of the kind of suffering that leads to growth.

Marley and Matzah, A Taste of Freedom

What do Bob Marley and matzah have in common? They both teach us about freedom.

Heisenberg, Tao and the Unbreakable One

The more closely we examine the physical world, the more it seems to recede from us. Our mistake is trying to grasp the whole by only looking at a part.

Why Your Passover Seder Should Be Bittersweet

Everything you need to know about charoset, the bittersweet symbol of Passover.

Smile, the Universe Has a Cause

Is it possible to prove that the Universe had a beginning? Many philosophical arguments have been put forth over thousands of years but do they still hold water?

The "Eye for an Eye" Fallacy

The phrase doesn’t mean what you think it means.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Why do human beings undergo a mini-death every night?

Dune, Judaism and Humanity's Hope

Why does Frank Herbert's esoteric book continue to fascinate, generation after generation?

Adele's New Song Gives Us Access to Her Heart

Divorce is akin to death. In this sense, we are all part of Adele’s massive, global shiva.

The Secret Chord: The Complex, Heroic Act of Forgiveness

An exploration of the process of forgiveness, through the prism of music and Jewish wisdom.

The Secret Chord: Jimi Hendrix's Message to Love

The rock legend had a tough childhood but used music to heal himself and, ultimately, to discover the power of love.

Music is Not Normal

Why do we love music? Is there something deeper than sound?


The film Noah has been banned by some Islamic authorities for depicting a prophet of God. What is the Jewish view of prophecy?


The film Noah has been banned by some Islamic authorities for depicting a prophet of God. What is the Jewish view of prophecy?

The Great Ocean of Truth

Despite the staggering discoveries made by science, the universe is still shrouded in awesome mystery.

Small Nation, Big Difference

Israel isn’t perfect, but it’s working hard to implement the Jewish ideal of repairing the world.

Why You Don't Understand the Bible

The Jewish sages of antiquity were in the best position to interpret and comprehend the Torah.

Why We Dance

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham

Atheism and Morality

Why do so many atheists make moral proclamations?

Don’t Burn the Day

Dave Matthews, two funerals and one wake up call.

A Taste of Slow

We are losing the ability to savor food and ideas.

Man on a Wire

Can you imagine taking this step?

Bridging the Gap

Living up to your ideals this new year.

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