MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 122, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
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Humor opens up people’s hearts and can lighten a heavy mood. We all can appreciate a good joke and sharp wit, but is humor always appropriate? Is a sense of humor always congruent with a Torah-dedicated life? How is one to know when, where and how to incorporate a sense of humor appropriately?
Is there anything inherently wrong with a non-Jew learning Torah?
The Rebbe implored Chassidim to find and trust a mashpia who can offer an objective perspective. Are we to believe that whatever a mashpia suggests is what the Rebbe would want us to do? What happens if someone receives guidance about a certain issue from a mashpia and then finds the Rebbe says otherwise, somewhere else? Must one listen to a mashpia regardless?
These are among the relevant and provocative issues Rabbi Jacobson will address in this week’s 122nd episode of MyLife: Chassidus Applied. Other topics that will be discussed include: Scholarship among women, and a follow-up to previously discussed topics of rebuking a friend, tznius and intimacy.
Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in last year’s MyLife: Chassidus Applied essay contest: “The Baalei Teshuva Lifestyle” by Avrahom Moshe Erlenwein, “Perfectly Imperfect” by Faigy Schwei, and “Tackling Your Fears” by Menashe Wolf. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/essays.
And finally, the Chassidus question of the week: In episode 120 you laid out the general map of seder hishtalshilus. Can you elaborate on what you alluded to – the exact position of keser of atzilus in juxtaposition with tohu, akudim, and adam kadmon?
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The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
Chassidus Applied to Chukas
What are the appropriate parameters of humor?
What if I feel that my mashpia’s advice is different than the Rebbe’s?
Can non-Jews study Torah?
Are women inferior in the area of scholarship?
– Rebuking a friend
– Tznius & intimacy
Chassidus Question: In the “map” of the cosmic order where is Keser of Atzilus positioned in juxtaposition with Tohu, Akudim, and Adam Kadmon?
MyLife Essays: The Baalei Teshuvah Lifestyle, Perfectly Imperfect, Tackling Your Fears
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