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First ‘Applied Chassidus’ Webcast

Following the announcement on COLlive, hundreds of questions were sent for tonight's first "Applied Chassidus" webcast. LIVE VIDEO

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Thank you and 60
February 9, 2015 4:15 pm

A few Chabad women in our community have decided to actually learn “what is chassidus”, Due to weather issues, etc. there are days we cannot meet and your available internet discussion is extremely helpful on those days as well as all days.. Thank you for giving us these opportunities. I considered it necessary to make a point to #60 that my opinion is that Chassidus is the ultimate way to affirm our individuality.

January 18, 2014 6:26 pm

looking forward to more… was touched by the closing sentence… May the Rebbe be proud!

To 57 and 59
January 16, 2014 3:17 pm

Again, you have only established that according to chasidus the individual has “value.” Certainly Torah – as well as every other religion on earth – affirms the “value” of the individual as God’s creation. Nobody needs chasidus for that.

The question that has not been answered is whether chasidus affirms the importance of the person’s INDIVIDUALITY – placing importance on the person coming to understand and cultivate their own unique talents and interests and personality, WITHOUT it being justified by a completely spiritual application “for the cause.”

January 14, 2014 4:34 pm

Beautifully stated. This captures the uniqueness of Chassidus in contrast to other approaches (as so eloquently explained by Reb Simon in this session): No dispensable entity can provide indispensable value to anyone. Ultimate and absolute individuality can only come from a “place” that itself is absolutely “individualistic” and not dependent on anything. The human “self” (yesh ha’nivra) comes from the Divine “Self” (Yesh Ha’Amiti). See Iggeret HaKodesh 20. Rabbi Jacobson write a powerful article about this chiddush of the Alter Rebbe, titled How the Alter Rebbe Changed the World. We need people like Rabbi Jacobson to lead workshops and farbrengens… Read more »

PLZ Clarify
January 14, 2014 2:28 pm

Can ppl view this anytime? If so, where? how? TY Reb Simon and TY collive. Many are hoping the next broadcast will be carried here again. PLZ let us know. Tizku lmitzvos.

To #54 and #56
January 14, 2014 2:22 pm

So what exactly do you suggest is the answer to the problem: What will foster the self? And if not G-d what will give the “self” absolute and indispensable value in a world of 7 billion people, and trillions upon trillions of organisms?

To number 55
January 14, 2014 2:11 pm

The issue being addressed was about individuality and fostering one’s self rather than becoming lost, or obliterated, in “the cause.” Pointing to the fact that we are all created in God’s image does not answer the problem.

to number 54
January 14, 2014 9:48 am

Hashem Loves us, otherwise he would have got rid of us Chas vesholom a long time ago. To answer your question (although I am not Rabbi Jacobson). Hashem relates to us in two ways. Like a father and like a king. When he is like a king and we are like his subjects then yes we are an entity for him to be the king, ein melech beloy um, and in that sense we are batel for the higher cause. But then he is also like our father. This is where he loves us for whom we are no matter… Read more »

January 14, 2014 2:56 am

Rabbi Jacobson, you claim that the very fact that God created us — and in His image, no less — proves His great love for us, and the value of our individual worth.

But doesn’t chasidus explain that the purpose of our being Created is so that we will be “batel” to Him and the organized religion – Chabad institution – that supposedly establishes His will on earth?

You spin this as “individuality”, but it seems to be no more than more quashing of individuality? It seems like patronizing…

Thank you so much!
January 14, 2014 12:39 am

Who ever organized this thank u and Rabbi Jacobson I thank Hashem for sending you as a messenger/shliach and inspire all those you do. thank you!

January 13, 2014 10:01 pm

.דברים היוצאים מן הלב נכנסין אל הלב

January 13, 2014 6:39 pm

How can we submit inquiries anonymously? Is there an address we can mail letters to?

January 13, 2014 5:36 pm

“ani nivraysi lishamesh es konih ” the world isnt for me , its for hashem – rebess sichos

a true chossid
January 13, 2014 3:56 pm

Rabbi J. is a true chosid of the Rebbe. G-d Al-mighty bless him with good health and long years to continue distributing chasidus far and wide, so far and wide to reach even CH, vhile lebben yam is truken.
I also agree that Rabbi J. should slow down, since not everybody’s brain is zooming as fast as his, and people are happy to hear and take the time to listen….

I gather from a couple of the comments...
January 13, 2014 2:53 pm

… that Rabbi Jacobson’s organization is in need of funds. For anyone who would like to donate (which should include anyone who feels they benefitted from this video), the web address is http://www.meaningfullife.com. Don’t feel like it’s not worth bothering because the amount you can afford is small, ha-mayseh hu ha-ikur.

January 13, 2014 2:51 pm

Thank u!!!

Rabbi simon
January 13, 2014 2:27 pm

Thanks for the time you put in to this ,eventhough you could be learning and doing things that help yourself,being a great lamden,youre helping others,may you be blessed

the call of simon
January 13, 2014 1:52 pm

Sounds much better then the call of steve

January 13, 2014 11:56 am

Excellent first session and looking forward for the next one!!!
Thank You Rabbi

January 13, 2014 11:52 am

“ani nivraysi lishamesh es konih ” the world isnt for me , its for hashem – rebess sichos

January 13, 2014 11:31 am

I Matter because i was created by Hashem, in Hashems image, it dosent matter what my passed is, my parents are also humans trying to perfect themselves.
I have to call my mother and thank her.

January 13, 2014 11:21 am

We are experiencing a historical moment. Chassidus receiving the prominence it deserves — finally. In years from now we will look back at this watershed moment, and see how one man, Rabbi Jacobson, responded to the call, which will hopefully inspire others to do the same. Rabbi Simon Jacobson deserves for this the ultimate recognition. I now understand why the Rebbe trusted him so with his sichos (something that some of us wondered about years ago). He is living up to being the Rebbe’s chozer and maniyach. No doubt that is why is he is able to do what he… Read more »

email the article to yourself and you can save it
January 13, 2014 10:36 am

Can also listen to it repeatedly and print it so others can benefit
To no 33 who feels the answers are vague, start learning Tanya in depth and you will receive the answers.

Our life journey is called Avoida for a reason.

Thank you
January 13, 2014 10:06 am

It was really inspiring and I really appreciate your work! It really is helping me understand how chasiduss is really a guide to our life! Much bracha to you and your family!

January 13, 2014 9:54 am

truly using technology- kol hamoni sheb’romi for – lichshe’yofutzu maayenosecho chutzo. Thank you. May you be blessed. hope this continues! Moshiach Now!

Thanks-so helpful!
January 13, 2014 8:59 am

Is there any way to have this lecture out into a written article-I would love to review the main points as well as there sources?
Would be greatly appreciated…

From the bottom of our hearts
January 13, 2014 8:56 am

מים קרים על נפש עיפה!
א מחי׳ה!

From Australia
January 13, 2014 8:16 am

Your a treasure

You take action
January 13, 2014 7:21 am

You take INITIATIVE where others sigh…
כל הכבוד
שירבו כמוך בחב”ד…

Am I the only one..
January 13, 2014 7:17 am

who found the answers vague and not really answering anything specific?

agree with #1
January 13, 2014 5:52 am

This was great, thank you very much. I agree with #1, these videos should be permanently available for repeat watching.

ברוך אומר ועושה
January 13, 2014 5:36 am

Much gratitude for VOLUNTEERING of your time to help your fellow Chassidim.

January 13, 2014 4:40 am

ילכו מחיל אל חיל

Thank you
January 13, 2014 4:04 am

Thank you. If we all reflect a little (which most of don’t take the time of day) we already know all this(if you’ve learned basic chassidus). Thank you for putting it all in context. Since the first time I was taught Tanya in 9th grade, I always felt that it was entirely relevant and speaking about ME. I have never felt that it was ‘other wordly’ and when I read Tanya I feel as if the Alter Rebbe is beseeching us all to see this plainly- it IS a gift to us. I don’t know what I would do or… Read more »

thank you
January 13, 2014 1:31 am

Very insitfull. Very nice to see someone to take positive action.
Its easy to knock a situation but do nothing about it, but for someone to get up and pledge to actually do something about it is amazing. Masee hu haikur. Thank you.

perhaps this can become your next book
January 13, 2014 1:28 am

So necessary in todays day and age to understand chassidus from this perspective. This will surely help bring Moshiach and a love of learning Chassidus.

Thank you!
January 13, 2014 1:08 am

Wonderful new series. So blessed to have Simon in our community.

rabbu jacobson is the best
January 13, 2014 1:00 am

I though that he was more open minded and would have supported shofar. If even he is against it and says that chasidus has the answers, I think hes right. I thik rabbi simon has more credentials then those rabbis.

January 13, 2014 12:54 am

I listened to the second half live and hope to listen to first half soon and I’ve never felt so passionately about yiddishkeit and chassidishkeit like I do now. Thank u so much!

January 12, 2014 11:51 pm

This is SOO refreshing!!

Yasher Koach!

Please continue this ad bias Moshiach!

Yasher Koach Gadol Gadol Gadol
January 12, 2014 11:43 pm

Thank you Rabbi Jacobson. I will continue listening for as many weeks as you do this. I am not only waiting and looking forward to hear the answer to the question I submitted but have learned tonight that I’m needing to hear the answers to many more questions. Because while I listened to you speak I saw how much I really need to learn. Please keep this up. Huge huge huge THANK U to COL – how grateful we are to you for carrying this live. This is an example of our community coming together – NOT breaking apart –… Read more »

to #8
January 12, 2014 11:35 pm

There are no other people like Rabbi Jacobson, he is unique. What I think is, different Rabbis express themselves in ways that different people are attuned to. Clearly, many are attuned to Rabbi Jacobson’s manner of expression. We are fortunate to have him in our midst. And it’s a huge thing he’s doing, stepping forward to fill a space he is uniquely suited to fill. Zoll der Aibershter ehm bentshen mit langeh gezunteh yoren.

January 12, 2014 11:14 pm

Sorry for being the 1st to criticize but please speak a little slower and focus on one issue with a little more ellaboration. One issue of addiction, I believe, did not have sufficient elaboration.
Thank you for coming up to the plate!

January 12, 2014 11:03 pm

I much appreciate your time and feel a renewed hope in Chassidus and in life based on some of the things you outlined.

I’m grateful.

Yasher Koach
January 12, 2014 10:53 pm


You were always good but this is above it all. Thanks for giving of your time. I know you as a friend and I’m moved by how you really care about the issues people have and are making yourself available. You have plenty to fill your time without this added to your plate. Furthermore, it’s clear that this is not about you teaching but all about the people receiving. Your payment should come Miyado Hamelaiah, hakedusha V’hagedusha..

Yyasher Koach!
January 12, 2014 10:50 pm

Thank you! Clear and well articulated!

Rabbi Jacobson is the BEST!
January 12, 2014 10:26 pm

Wish all of Chabad would take their Chassidus as seriously as he does… R’ Jacobson is Mamash a living example of everything he says. He’s an amazingly honest and spiritual person because of it, and he enriches the lives of MANY!!! its an honor and priviledge to have him in our midst.

Deep gratitude to Rabbi Jacobson.
January 12, 2014 10:11 pm

Your distribution of chasidut is actually fulfilling the Rebbe’s promise and prophecy that all we have do is open our eyes. You are opening our eyes to our own personal redemptions through chasidut. What a Zechus for you and a gift to us. You are a living breathing soldier of the Rebbe and you surely make him proud. May all mashpiim follow suit. And may this endeavor lead to even more intimate contact between our dear anash mashpiim and the masses.

Thank you
January 12, 2014 10:04 pm


January 12, 2014 9:39 pm

That was so inspiring! I greatly look forward to your next sessions. Really great.

From California
January 12, 2014 9:37 pm

Yashar Koach, Fantastic!!!!

Thank you so Much!
January 12, 2014 9:24 pm

This was so awesome. Finally a positive voice to fill the void here in the community. Loved every moment of it. Cant wait for the future weeks.

January 12, 2014 9:16 pm

I just tuned in at the end, Rabbi Jacobson. Is it possible to see it now?

Thank Gd
January 12, 2014 9:11 pm

Really good, thanks so much. Please do this each week.

Yasher Koach to Rabbi Jacobson and his team
January 12, 2014 9:08 pm

well done, I think it has great potential, can more people like
Rabbi Jacobson donate their time to give similar sessions
to be broadcast

Thank you, Rabbi Jacobson!
January 12, 2014 9:07 pm

Complete genius, loved every second of it! Thank you!

January 12, 2014 9:06 pm

Very good !!

Thank You
January 12, 2014 9:06 pm

Amazing! Yasher Koach & thank you for doing this!

Fresh Air
January 12, 2014 9:04 pm

Thank You So Much

Mamish a Mechayeh!

Thank you!!!
January 12, 2014 9:04 pm

Extremely articulate.

January 12, 2014 8:47 pm

Rabbi Jacobson brought Chassidus down so the simple person could understand what the Rebbeim wanted us to know.

This lecture series MUST continue. Thank you COL!

Thank you
January 12, 2014 8:47 pm

Rabbi Jacobson, I want to embrace you and shower you with gratitude for doing this and for touching my core. Please make sure all these sessions are easily accessible permanently. I want to relisten to this again and again. Rabbi, you are the best!!!