MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 436, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Sunday, February 5, 2023 / 14 Shevat 5783 – 8:00-9:00 PM ET
· Chassidus Applied to 15 Shevat:
o Did the Rebbe refer to the new year of trees as Chamisha Asar B’Shvat instead of Tu B’Shvat?
o What are the main lessons of this day?
o What do we learn from a tree?
· Chassidus Applied to Yisro:
o How do the three major events of this book – the Exodus, Sinai and the Mishkan – reflect on our lives?
o What lessons do we learn from this portion?
o Why did Mattan Torah follow Yisro’s arrival?
o What are some of the innovative ideas that Yisro introduced?
o Did the Rebbe ever attribute the idea of sending shluchim all over the world to Yisro’s advice to Moshe to delegate?
o What does it mean that we are mamlechet kohanim?
o What were the Ten Commandments preceded by thunder, lightning, and smoke, which terrified the people? Would it not have been easier to understand the Commandments and internalize them if it wasn’t presented in such a frightening way?
o Are the “Ten Commandments” a mistranslation of Aseres HaDibros?
o Are the Ten Commandments universal laws for all people?
o Should we be using the Ten Commandments themselves as a tool for publicizing the Noahide Laws?
o If the Noahide Laws are a derivation of the Ten Commandments, why wouldn’t the Talmud mention this fact when discussing the source in the Torah for the Noahide Laws?
o How are all 613 Mitzvos hinted to within the Ten Commandments?
o Is the authenticity of the oral law proven by the fact that there are 620 letters in the Ten Commandments corresponding to 613 scriptural and 7 rabbinic commandments?
o Why is coveting a neighbor’s property considered such a big sin?
· If Sinai enabled us to transform the mundane into holiness, why are some objects holier than others?
· What does it mean to connect to G-d?
· Does Torah and Chassidus allow the use of Ketamine and psilocybin for treating trauma, depression and anxiety?
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