Eight Paths of Purpose
Explore the ‘operating system’ which guides your life purpose.
Did you ever wonder how to connect to feeling a purpose in life with clarity and confidence? What is the difference between fulfilling ‘a’ purpose and fulfilling ‘your’ unique purpose? Why is it that humans are the only living beings that have to guess what their purpose is? Where do you look for answers about purpose, who can you trust, and how do you stay on track?
The topic of Purpose is gaining popularity, but it remains somewhat of a mystery. It needs brave thinking which delves into the topic from a fresh perspective. It needs a book with new and thought-provoking ideas. Eight Paths of Purpose is an introduction to this exciting topic. It explores the ‘operating system’ which guides and drives a sense of purpose. You are now able to discover for yourself how this impacts your life.
Whatever your nationality, religion, belief system, age, or political leaning may be, the tools in this book will help you fulfill your purpose to a greater degree. The book does not define your individual purpose; it simply provides a general overview of how purpose ‘thinks’. It then provides eight solid paths to help you flourish and stay focused - even when you face serious challenges in life.
A sense of purpose is the birthright of every person. Understanding how it ‘works’ can help you better align with your core purpose and achieve deeper happiness and fulfillment in your daily life. Isn’t it time to figure this out once and for all?
An Interview with Rabbi Teldon about "Eight Paths of Purpose"
Tuvia Teldon grew up in Staten Island, New York and graduated high school in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Central Chabad Rabbinical College in Brooklyn soon after marrying Chaya Leet, who hails from Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Long Island in 1977 to establish the regional headquarters for the International Chabad-Lubavitch Movement and help build the Jewish community.
Rabbi Teldon now serves as the executive director for the 34 Chabad centers in Long Island, with a staff of 54 full-time rabbis and their wives. He is also rabbi emeritus of the Chabad Jewish Center of Mid-Suffolk and a former member of the East Long Island cabinet for UJA-Federation. He serves on a number of international committees for the worldwide Lubavitch Movement in Brooklyn. He also hosts a weekly interview show on Altice Cable throughout Long Island.
He and his wife, Chaya, a well-known global speaker on Jewish topics and a one-time special guest on The Oprah Show, live in Commack, Long Island. Their family now includes five adult children, their spouses, and a growing tree of grandchildren.
This is an important book if you’d like to explore how life can be made more meaningful and purposeful. It explores the facets of purpose and describes how to be in touch with being positive, with meaning and self.
— Mr. Richard Spitz
Former director of UJA-Federation of Westchester and Wall Street Division.
Thank you for writing this gem of a book. Reading it reinforces and expands my thinking about rising to a challenge and living a meaningful life. I benefit from integrating this perspective personally as well as professionally. A valuable message for everyone!
— Sherrie Wharton
- Available OnlineChabad.org/purpose
There are two ways to inspire others. One is to write an inspirational book. The other is to lead
an inspirational life. With the publication of his first book – a book the author tells us he had to
write because, as Maya Angelou said, “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story
inside of you” – Rabbi Tuvia Teldon has brilliantly accomplished both of these goals.
In his professional life, Rabbi Teldon achieved a measure of fame in the past decades for his
work as head of 34 Chabad centers in Long Island with a staff of 54 full-time rabbis and their
wives, influencing tens of thousands to greater religious observance. In all that time however the
rabbi was obsessed by the life-altering event that led him to the conclusions he so desperately
needed to share, not just with fellow Jews seeking reasons to better understand their spiritual
identity but with people of all faiths in need of finding meaning and purpose to their existence.
To grasp the enormity of the task Rabbi Teldon took on readers need to know the story. Fifteen
months after getting married and blessed with a son, the happy couple learned that the baby was
born with a type of cystic fibrosis requiring emergency life-saving surgery. The boy, the first
pediatric double lung recipient in the country, managed to survive past his bar mitzvah. Then the
unspeakable happened. Their son was gone. And out of tragedy was born a profound quest for
meaning – meaning for the moments of cruelty in our lives that threaten belief in a divine and
beneficial ruler of the universe, meaning for the pain and suffering which accompany our
struggles, and most of all meaning which would allow us to discern purpose in our presence on
earth and the years of life granted to us.
Teldon points out the remarkable paradox. In nature, every living thing automatically and
naturally fulfills its purpose. All creations are preprogrammed. All but one. We human beings,
ostensibly the crown of creation, remain all too often perplexed as to our purpose – and indeed
whether we have any purpose at all. This is the human paradox of purpose. In Jewish thought, it
is precisely because human beings, created in the image of God, possess the divine attribute of
free will that our purpose was concealed from us so that we might fulfill our mission to find it
and to fulfill it.
Teldon charts our journey of discovery in an illuminating series of chapters, outlining eight
different paths to achieve the life-altering goal he set out before us. Each one of them is filled
with brilliant insights synthesizing the best of ancient Torah wisdom with the most recent
psychological findings. What is particularly helpful are the numerous quotes scattered
throughout that indicate the breadth of the author’s research as well as the astounding depth of
his knowledge, both secular as well as Judaic.
As I read the book carefully I kept reminding myself that these are not pious platitudes or
sermonic hyperbole. The recipe for finding life’s meaning is the work of someone who was able
to overcome horrific tragedy. Surely all of us, in the depths of our souls, feel the overpowering
truth of Teldon’s recognition that “I decided if I wanted to be happy in a real way, I would have
to develop it from the inside out. I had to differentiate between fun, which I enjoyed, and
happiness, which takes real work. What kind of happiness fits that description? Inner happiness
is a natural byproduct of a life lived with purpose. This comes from a sense of fulfillment
we potentially feel whenever our life reality and/ or attitude are aligned in some way with our
Yes, as the Rabbi reminds us, Helen Keller taught us this very truth: “True happiness is not
attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Our mission in life?
To discover our purpose and to recognize why God placed each one of us on this earth with OUR
reason for being. This book will assuredly bring you nearer to finding the answer to the
uniqueness of your mission.
— Benjamin Blech
Jewish World, Jewish Press