About the Author


Rabbi Yaakov Cohen

Rabbi Yaakov Cohen grew up in New York and earned his Bachelors in Psychology, his Rabbinic Ordination and his Masters in Education and Administration; all from Yeshiva University. He now lives in Chicago, IL where he works as the Judaic Studies Principal of Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School and Educational Director at NCSY. Rabbi Cohen is a passionate educator and an inspiring speaker who has travelled throughout the country speaking for organizations, schools, synagogues and universities on a variety of topics and to audiences of various sizes and affiliations. Rabbi Cohen is a community leader and is actively involved with several local organizations and synagogues.


Dancing at the Concentration Camp

Celebrating being Jewish even in times of darkness.

Seeds of Kindness: How One Small Act Impacted the World

Anyone can count the seeds in one apple, but only God can count how many apples are in one seed.

Life’s Most Important Question

Achieving our dreams begins with answering this question.

The Purpose of Passover: The Next Chapter of the Jewish People’s Story

At the Seder you and your family are adding the next link of the chain to our unfinished story.

Drop Your Mask: Why We Dress Up on Purim

By making fun of the facades we hide behind, we get in touch with our inner self.

Carrying the Torch: The Menorah and the Eternal Jewish People

The Arch of Titus reminds us what is the secret of the Jews' immortality.

A Chaplain's Compassion

Rabbi Zimmerman truly knew how to walk the talk.

The Next Generation and the Meaning of Kol Nidrei

The powerful reason why Yom Kippur starts with such seemingly uninspiring words

Napoleon and the Purpose of Mourning on Tisha B’Av

Why do Tisha B’Av and Passover always occur on the same day of the week?

A Precious Wedding Gift

A bride's selfless act teaches us how to be a blessing to the world.

Giving Everything We’ve Got: An Inspiring Story

A little girl, a storeowner and a bag of coins remind us that it’s the effort that truly counts.

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

If there was enough oil to burn for one day, why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days?

Give Peace a Chance

Amazing true story about what happens when we make peace our top priority.

The Most Important Thing You Need to Know about Rosh Hashanah

How to show God you’re a worthy investment this New Year.

Small Act, Big Impact

Appreciating the spiritual power of performing a single mitzvah.

Fill the Void: A Tisha B'Av Message

What is the meaning of the 9th of Av today?

A Soldier’s Gift: An Amazing True Story

One act of kindness has unintended life-altering consequences.

Miracle on the Hudson

What was Captain Sully thinking as he calmly landed that plane on the water, saving everyone on board?

Saving a Life

Living with gratitude is the essence of being a Jew.

Why We Eat Matzah on Passover

The connection between humility, faith and the holiday of freedom.

All You Need Is Love

An unbelievable story that teaches us the power of unconditional love.

Play Your Unique Music

What difference do we really make in the big scheme of things?

The Dented Maserati

An inspiring video on the importance of slowing down and being in the moment.

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