Plus: New Segment – Essay Analysis and Surprise Announcement
MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 62
How do we honor the Rebbe’s 113th birthday on Yud Alef Nissan? And how can that help lead us into Pesach, to experience a truly meaningful and transformative Seder?
The Seder for many has become a tedious, mechanical experience. At best, it is a nostalgic time. Families gather together, the house is spanking clean, everyone dressed in their finest, children ask questions, and everyone is enthusiastic. But is there more to it? Can the Seder actually help free us from whatever “mitzrayim” we are trapped in? It’s a long night and there is a lot of material to cover. How can I meet the halachic requirements while addressing my diverse family and guests – different in age and experience? Why is matzah called “food of faith” and “food of healing”? And what’s the story behind the bitter herbs?
In this special pre-Passover episode, Rabbi Jacobson will decipher the Seder according to Chassidus – applying its teachings to demonstrate how the Seder is a blueprint for freedom on all levels – psychological, emotional and spiritual freedom. He will also discuss the personal relevance of Moshiach’s Seudah on Acharon shel Pesach.
Other topics to be discussed: What does Chassidus say about interpreting dreams? If we have repeated bad dreams about a person, should we warn them? Why do we annul bad dreams during birkat kohanim? Challenges with daily learning – whether it be finding the time, deciding what to learn, or lack in comprehending daily portions.
In addition, this week Rabbi Jacobson will begin a new segment in each MyLife episode – discussing the essays submitted in the MyLife: Chassidus Applied contest. Each week he will present key ideas of selected essays, and also analyze the elements and criteria that made the essay stand out, while also providing guidance in how to improve your capacity in applying Chassidus, helping you become next year’s winner! In this week’s episode he will be discussing the highest rated essays about depression, failure, overeating, and ahavas Yisroel.
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.meaningfullife.com/mylifelive.
The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
· Chassidus Applied to Yud Aleph Nissan
· Chassidus Applied to Pesach and the seder
· Elements of a winning MyLife Essay
· Doubts and crises in faith
· Should we interpret dreams?
· Learning challenges in daily study portions
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.meaningfullife.com/mylifelive.