MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 73, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Chassidus says that it’s easier to serve G-d in the summer months. How do we reconcile that with the challenges and temptations due to the laxity and lightness of summertime? What is the Rebbe’s attitude to the closing of schools during these months? What is the Rebbe’s position on bungalow colonies? Is it healthy and acceptable for spouses to be separated throughout the week?
In this special summer edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied, Rabbi Jacobson will address the Chassidic approach to summer vacation, travel and all the challenges and opportunities presented to us in these warm and relaxing months.
Additionally, this episode will discuss the meaning of – and the distorted misconceptions surrounding – reward and punishment.
Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in the MyLife: Chassidus Applied contest: “True Self-Development” by Dovid Lichtenstadter, “The Potency of Thought” by Batya Levitan, “Changing Perceptions With Experiential Knowledge” by Zev Bannett. These essays and others can be read online at http://meaningfullife.org/mylife/contest/.
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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/mylife.
The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
• Chassidus Applied to Yud Beis Tammuz and Balak
• Lessons in our lives from the Frierdiker Rebbe’s imprisonment and liberation
• Summertime according to the Rebbe: Its challenges and opportunities
• Reward and punishment
• MyLife Essays: True Self-Development, The Potency of Thought, Changing Perceptions With Experiential Knowledge
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.