If We Feel Uninspired, Should We Learn From Abraham and Relocate? At What Point Is It Customary to Stop Wishing People a Happy New Year? What Is More Important – The Physical Temple or the Temple of Our Homes? Was Abraham Truly a Great Man by Historical Standards? Shouldn’t We Discover Hashem on Our Own as Abraham Did, Instead of Learning It From Our Parents and Educators? Why Did Abraham Hide Sarah in a Box and What Possible Message Does This Have for Us?
MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 374, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Sunday, October 10, 2021 / 4 Cheshvan 5782 – 8:00-9:00PM ET
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The topics in this week’s 374th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:
· Chassidus applied to Cheshvan
o What is the unique energy of Cheshvan, how does it reflect in our personal lives and what lessons does it offer us?
o What can I do when I feel down and unmotivated?
o At what point is it customary to stop wishing people a happy new year?
o Why is it called Marcheshvan?
o What is the significance and lesson of Zayin Cheshvan?
o Thinking about the First Temple being completed this month, I am wondering what is more important – the physical Temple or the temple of our homes?
· Noach follow-up
o Why did G-d have to command Noach to leave the ark?
o Were there kangaroos on Noach’s ark?
o Was the entire earth flooded?
· Lessons from Lech Lecha
o Was Abraham truly a great man by historical standards?
o How is Abraham considered to be the first Jew if his mother was not Jewish?
o What is the significance of Hashem telling Abraham that in order to be successful and become a great nation he first must leave his father’s home and place of birth?
o If we feel uninspired, should we learn from Abraham and leave the place we are living?
o Shouldn’t we discover Hashem on our own as Abraham did, instead of learning it from our parents and educators?
o Why was so Sarah so special? Didn’t she behave cruelly by insisting that Hagar and Yishmael be sent away?
o Why did Abraham hide Sarah in a box and what possible message does this have for us?
o What can we learn from their descent to Egypt?
o If Abraham kept the entire Torah why did he not circumcise himself until G-d commanded him to do so at age 99?
· Shemitah: Why does a sabbatical year cancel debts?
· Chassidus question: What is the divine chariot and what is its significance in our daily lives?
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