MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 86, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
MyLife is now available as a podcast and can be streamed or downloaded from iTunes.
What is the Rebbe’s opinion on family planning? Should financial anxieties be a factor in determining the size of one’s family? How do you deal with a moody or unstable spouse? Can anything be done with a husband whose chosen mode of retaliation is the silent treatment? Is it wrong to expect appreciation in a marriage?
As we re-enter the routines of our conventional lives, the flow of questions to our MyLife: Chassidus Applied inbox continue to address our ongoing challenges, not least of which are the pressing issues surrounding relationships.
In this week’s episode Rabbi Jacobson will tackle some of these questions as well as following up some of the previous topics, including: dating advice on dealing with past experiences that people usually cover up. What can be done about Baal Tshuva discrimination?
Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in the MyLife: Chassidus Applied contest: “Using Technology without Becoming its Slave”, by Tirtza Butman; “Taking Control over Your Circumstances”, by Israel Rozenberg; “Freedom from Fear – Freedom to Fear”, by Duvie Feldman. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/mylife/contest/.
And finally, the Chassidus question of the week: How can Atzilus be applied to our lives? Atzilus seems to be a central theme in Chassidus. But we were taught about it in a very esoteric and theoretical way. No one has obviously ever been to Atzilus, so why do we need to know about this “world”? Can you please explain it in plain and relevant terms, palatable even to the uninitiated man or woman on the street? Simply put: how would my life be different if there was no such thing as the world of Atzilus?
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.appliedchassidus.com.
The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
Chassidus Appplied to Lech Lecha
Baal Tshuva discrimination
Dating advice: How to deal with past experiences
Learning how to be more honest and trusting
I want to be appreciated!
Dealing with an unstable, moody spouse
Chassidus Question: How does the world of Atzilus apply to me?
MyLife Essays: Using Technology without Becoming its Slave, Taking Control Over Your Circumstances, Freedom from Fear – Freedom to Fear
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.appliedchassidus.com.