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.


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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