MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 148, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Dedicated in honor of the 70th birthday of Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin, shliach to Washington State for over 40 years. Instrumental in bringing hundreds of Jews back to yiddishkeit.
May הקב״ה bless him with אריכות ימים and healthy years, נחת from his kids, and community.
From his loving children and grandchildren
Alter, Debbie, Mendy, Ari, Yoni, Frumi, and Asher Levitin
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With one week to Yud Shvat, what can I do to properly prepare myself? Wat instruction did the Rebbe give us in this regard?
“Are there different standards of Chassidishkeit for men and women. For example, while it would be considered not Chassidish for a man/bochur to wear colored shirts or anything other than black pants, women/girls wear whatever they think looks nice as long as it covers their elbows and knees etc.”
Is marriage the answer to all problems? When someone has an issue that needs working on, can he rely on marriage and a strong healthy relationship to fix the problem?
How harsh is too harsh when disciplining students? What should a parent do about the melamdim, principals and mashpiim who are very harsh and sometimes demeaning to students while trying to motivate them? Shouldn’t they have a more encouraging and understanding attitude? Especially considering that impressionable students learn from, absorb and are shaped by their educator’s behavior.
Rabbi Jacobson will address these relevant issues in this week’s 148th episode of MyLife: Chassidus Applied. Other topics that will be discussed include: how to help a spouse strengthen his/her emunah and follow up to the conversation regarding vaccination.
Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in the last MyLife: Chassidus Applied essay contest: “A Stress-free Guarantee” by Menachem Mendel Raskin; “Transforming Insecurities” by Fraida Glassner; and “Lessons from Weight Loss” by Vicky O’Brien. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/essays.
And finally, the Chassidus question of the week: Understanding the role and implications of Reshimu: Part III
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 meaningfullife.com/mylife.
The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
· Chassidus Applied to Parshas Bo
· How to prepare for Yud Shvat?
· Is marriage a problem solver?
· Do men and women have different standards of chassidishkeit?
· How can I help my wife strengthen her emunah?
· How harsh is too harsh when disciplining students?
· Why do respected role models often get away with being demeaning to students?
· Vaccines: follow-up
· Chassidus Question: Reshimu Part III
· MyLife Essays: A Stress-free Guarantee, Transforming Insecurities, Lessons from Weight Loss
In what has now become a staple in so many people’s lives, 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 and great care has to be taken when speaking openly, 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 week after week. 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.
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Questions may be submitted anonymously at meaningfullife.com/mylife