MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 64
Community is an integral component in Judaism. A Shul stands at the hub of Shabbos and holidays, Torah study and prayer. But what can you do if you are not inspired by your community and synagogue? Or if you feel you have outgrown them?
In response to many passionate comments to last week’s discussion on character refinement, Rabbi Jacobson will respond to the challenge: How to create an a personality-development revolution in our educational systems, through a combined partnership between parents and schools.
Other topics to be addressed in this week’s episode include: “My father is destroying himself. He does almost nothing with his life. Eats too much. Is extremely overweight and does not sleep well. It is very difficult to see him this way. We as children have tried many different ways to get him to take care of himself but to no avail. What can we do? Is there any hope?”
“Although all of the answers to life’s challenges are in Torah in general and in Chassidus in particular, it can often be difficult to find and trace the solution to these specific issues in Torah. Can we study psychology or other philosophies and trace their source in Torah/Chassidus in order to directly deal with an issue the way psychology recommends, but still according to Torah?”
In addition, Rabbi Jacobson will continue reviewing 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 next top essays about positive psychology, behavioral and cognitive therapy, parables, and the power of mystery.
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:
· What did the Rebbe mean when he said 24 years ago on Chof Ches Nissan “I have done all I can, now do what you can”? What are we to do?
· Chassidus Applied to Iyar and Parshat Tazria-Metzora
· Emotional intelligence and character refinement (follow-up)
· Should children intervene in parent’s unhealthy lifestyle?
· Seeking spirituality outside of Judaism (follow-up)
· Uninspired by community. How to grow?
· Reviewing Chassidus Applied top contest essays about positive thinking, behavioral and cognitive therapy, parables, and the power of mystery
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.