MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 281, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Sunday, November 3, 2019 / 5 Marcheshvan 5780 – 8:00-9:00PM EST
The topics in this week’s 281st episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:
- Chassidus Applied to Zayin Cheshvan and Lech Lecha
- What we should be doing to disseminate the seven Noachide laws?
- Are today’s non-Jews chassidei umos ha’olam (righteous gentiles)?
- How can we be a light unto the nations, when the eastern cultures, which make up half the world, have had little exposure to Judaism?
- Why do some Jews have long peyot (sidelocks) and others do not?
- Why has 770 not been expanded as the Rebbe wished?
- When is the right time to consider getting married?
- Should we be worried about the rise of anti-Semitic acts?
- How can we explain capital punishment in the Torah: Does one really deserve to be stoned to death for doing forbidden work on Shabbat?
- Follow up (episodes 280):
o Boring holidays
o Kiddush clubs
- Chassidus question: Why does evil still exist after the great flood?
- My Life 2019 essays:
o A Big Part of a Bigger Puzzle: Self-Esteem in Chassidus, Malka Bracha Heidingsfeld, 15, S. Monica, CA
o Mindfulness: The Mechanics of Obstacles, Kalman Ezagui, 21, London, England
o תפיסת השכל כמטרה לשינוי, Eliezer Asraf, 18, Kfar Chabad, Israel
This hour-long dose of insights, broadcast live every Sunday night 8-9PM EST, 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 chassidusapplied.com/ask.
In what has now become a staple in so many people’s lives, 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 and great care has to be taken when speaking openly, 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 week after week. 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 MP3s for listening on the go.
Questions may be submitted anonymously at chassidusapplied.com/ask.