If There Was a Pill that Guaranteed Self-Control.., What is the Virtue of Effort and Taking the Initiative? How Does One Ensure that Spiritual Growth isn’t Compromised During Summer?
MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 119, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
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Tanya, also called Sefer shel Benonim, lays out a method for mastering self-control that’s both thorough and demanding. What if someone invented a pill that would guarantee self-control of our thoughts, words and actions though, would it be a good or bad thing? Won’t that be the case when Moshiach comes, when we will no longer have the battle with the animal soul? Will avodah have any relevance after Moshiach comes?
The Rebbe speaks about seeing the summer months, when we have less pressures at work or school, as an opportunity to grow spiritually, in Torah and mitzvoth. With summer approaching, when people are usually more lax, what are some practical tips to ensure that this time is indeed spiritually rejuvenating and not a setback in our avodah? How do we make sure that summer serves as a transition from a good year to an even better next year?
These are among the relevant issues Rabbi Jacobson will address in this week’s 119th episode of MyLife: Chassidus Applied. Feedback to previously discussed topics of channeling passion correctly, rebuking a friend and balancing parnasa and faith will also be discussed.
Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in this year’s MyLife: Chassidus Applied essay contest: “Addressing Low Self Esteem” by Joanne Zagnoev, “The Growing Estrangement of Teenagers” by Levi Teleshevsky, and “Netzach, Addiction and the Broken Window Theory” by Yekuseil Kalmanson. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/essays-2016.
And finally, the Chassidus question of the week: Can you please explain the terms Abiy”a d’protius and Abiy”a d’klolus?
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The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
Chassidus Applied to Behaalosecha
If there was a pill that guaranteed self-control…
How can one ensure that spiritual growth isn’t compromised during the summer?
– Rebuking a friend
– Parnassa and bitachon
– Channeling passion
Chassidus Question: Can you please explain the terms Abiy”a d’protius and Abiy”a d’klolus?
MyLife Essays: Addressing Low Self Esteem; The Growing Estrangement of Teenagers; Netzach, Addiction and the Broken Window Theory
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