MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 72, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
The rare recording of the Rebbe’s voice from 1949 – revealed in last week’s episode – elicited a tremendous response, including the discovery of new fascinating details about the recording which Rabbi Jacobson will share in this week’s episode 72 of My Life: Chassidus Applied.
He will also respond to a series of new questions, including the condescending attitude some people have to “newcomers.” Chassidus teaches unconditional Ahavas Yisroel, that every Jew’s soul is a chelek Elokah me’maal mamesh. So why do we see elements of “class supremacy” in the community? Why should anyone feel like an “outsider?” This discrimination is acutely felt in the area of shidduchim. Why are some people rejected simply due to their lack of yichus? Aren’t we all equal in the eyes of G-d?”
“How do we apply Chassidus to dealing with a mid-life crisis? What do we do when kids grow up, leave home to build their lives and life becomes very lonely, with little motivation and excitement?”
In this episode Rabbi Jacobson will also continue discussing the extensive feedback around the yeshiva system that has been pouring in ever since the Pandora’s box was opened. The topic is sensitive to many – striking a cord with the educators, school administrators, and the parents who want the best for their children. Also, Rabbi Jacobson will offer more remarks on the conversation about lashon hara.
In addition, Rabbi Jacobson will continue his review of essays submitted in the MyLife: Chassidus Applied contest: “When Inspiration Eludes” by Ari Kasowitz, “Reimagining Your Script” by Leah Miller, and “Coping With Overwhelming Challenges” by Debbi Mintsberg. These essays and others can be read online at http://meaningfullife.org/mylife/contest/.
This hour-long dose of insights is meant to inform, inspire and empower us by applying the teachings of Chassidus to help us face practical and emotional challenges and difficulties in our personal lives and relationships. To have your question addressed, please submit it at www.meaningfullife.com/mylife.
The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
Chassidus Applied to Gimmel Tammuz and Chukkas
More on the 1949 recording of the Rebbe
Lashon hara (continued)
The yeshiva system (continued)
MyLife Essays: Inspiration, reimagining your script, coping with overwhelming challenges
MyLife: Chassidus Applied addresses questions that many people are afraid to ask and others are afraid to answer. When asked about the sensitive topics he has been addressing, Rabbi Simon Jacobson commented, “I understand that the stakes are high, but the silence and lack of clarity on matters plaguing the community can no longer go unaddressed. The stakes of not providing answers are even higher.”
The on-going series has provoked a significant reaction from the community, with thousands of people viewing each live broadcast and hundreds of questions pouring in. At the root of every question and personal challenge tackled by the series is the overarching question: Does Judaism have the answers to my personal dilemmas?
In inimitable “Jacobson-fashion”, the broadcast answers people’s questions in simple, clear language while being heavily sourced. Each episode is jam-packed with eye-opening advice from the Rebbeim, gleaned from uncovering surprising gems in their letters, sichos, and maamorim that address our personal issues with disarming relevance. Simultaneously, Rabbi Jacobson is able to crystallize a concept quickly, succinctly, and poignantly for any level of listener.
All episodes are immediately available for viewing in the MLC’s archive and can be downloaded as MP3’s for listening on the go.
Questions may be submitted anonymously at www.meaningfullife.com/mylifelive.