Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He holds an undergraduate Honors Degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. After completing his Master’s Degree he was director of a substance abuse program for high-risk adolescents. He co-authored several publications on classical conditioning and psychoneuroimmunology and travelled extensively in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and Europe.
His journey to discover meaning in Judaism brought him to Jerusalem, where he learned in Aish Hatorah for many years, and later received Smicha from Rav Kopshitz. He met his wife in Israel where they lived for 3 1/2 years before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a senior lecturer at Aish Hatorah for 13 years.
Currently he has a rabbinic counseling practice working with individuals and couples to enhance the spiritual quality of their lives. In addition Rabbi and Rebbetzin Labinsky recently founded the international organization Becoming Divine to further their global outreach efforts. They presently live in Cleveland with their five children.
Read Rabbi Labinsky’s article on developing high-performing human resources.