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Author: Rabbi Simon Jacobson

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MyLife: Chassidus Applied Podcast by Simon Jacobson addresses the personal and emotional needs of our community by answering the most pressing questions of our lives -- from the perspective of Chassidic thought. The podcast demonstrates how the Torah provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Get unlimited free downloads of MP3 recordings o
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Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought.TOPICS:• Chassidus Applied to Tishe B’Av nidche 0:11• Lessons from 15th of Av and Shabbos Nachamu 12:30• Has the Rebbe ever made public statements about mass shootings, why they happen and what can be done to prevent them? 21:36• Does real bitachon include believing that everything Hashem sends our way will be revealed good? 26:03• What should our reaction be to women claiming the right to setup a Tefillin stand for women, just as Chabad does for men? 30:02• Are we properly educating newlyweds in the difference between healthy and unhealthy intimacy?  34:52• How are we to react to stories that seem to compromise the Rebbe? 44:38• Follow up:      o Parental alienation (episode 269) 53:22     o What does the Rebbe say about vaccinations? (episodes 269-271) 57:50     o Cholov Yisroel (episode 271) 59:36• Chassidus question: How do you explain the four methods of capital punishment proscribed in the Torah? 01:00:38• My Life 2019 essays:    o Transcending Conflict, Noach Kane, 23, Morristown, NJ 01:10:57    o “Human Doing”? Discover Your True Essence: A “Human Becoming”, Yochi Ress, 41, Johannesburg, South Africa 01:12:30    o צומת דרכים, Chaya Mushka Beckerman, 17, Jerusalem, Israel 01:14:07Submit your question now at http://www.meaningfullife.com/mylife or email: Mylife@meaningfullife.com.WHERE TO FIND MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED:WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MyLifeChassi...SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/donate/SHOP: Proceeds support the continuing work of MyLife: Chassidus Applied. https://www.meaningfullife.com/shop/EMAIL US: wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought.TOPICS:• Chassidus Applied to the 5th of Av and Shabbos Chazon 1:06• Is there life on other planets according to Torah? 17:07• Does Cholov Yisroel affect our emunah? 21:46• Is it appropriate to paint a mural of the Alter Rebbe on an alley wall? 26:30• How can we explain the many wives of Yaakov, Shlomo and others? 31:07• I am no longer frum and feel like I am dying inside. What can I do? 42:17  • AA and the 12 Steps: Is it legitimate according to Torah and Chassidus? 46:08• Why is it so bad to commit suicide? 50:30• What does the Rebbe say about vaccinations? Part III 54:03• Follow up (episode 269): Parental alienation 59:42• Chassidus question: Does a non-Jew elevate sholosh klipos ha’tmayos when he fulfills the sheva mitzvos?  01:02:19• My Life 2019 essays:    o The Benefits of Uncertainty, Dov Ber Klein,70, Manchester, England 01:06:35    o How Does One Break Out of “It’s All-Or-Nothing” Attitude? Gishy Weinfeld, 33, Ontario, Canada 01:07:49    o A More Perfect Union, Chana Peterson, 25, Givat Shmuel, Israel 01:08:42 Submit your question now at http://www.meaningfullife.com/mylife or email: Mylife@meaningfullife.com.
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought.TOPICS:• Chassidus Applied to the Three Weeks, the Nine Days and Mattos-Massei 0:13• What is the Rebbe’s opinion on using non-Jewish books for chinuch? 20:04• Is it appropriate to watch women's wrestling? 25:26If G-d has no physical form, what does it mean that the Torah, which has physical form, was given to us by G-d? 30:23• What does the Rebbe say about vaccinations? Part II 37:22• Follow up (episode 269):      o Illegal immigration 01:00:27    o Yom Hilula 01:01:35• Chassidus question: What is the meaning of and how can anyone hold of Tzimtzum K’Pshuto? 01:02:44• My Life 2019 essays:     o בעיית ההתמכרות בראייה חבדי”ת, Shterny Cohen, 16, Kiryat Malachi, Israel;  01:08:51    o אתגר הבחירה, Chaim Zaklos, 36, Elad, Israel 01:10:50    o Perfecting Failure, Tzipporah Leah Greenberg, 18, Hallandale Beach, FL 01:11:35
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought.TOPICS:• Chassidus Applied to 17 Tammuz Nidche 0:11• Lessons from Pinchas 8:17• How can I alleviate financial anxieties? 17:50• What is the Torah’s view on borders and immigration? Should we be supporting open immigration even if it may cause security risks? 24:09• Does the Rebbe address the issue of buying German products today? 31:54• How would Torah and Chassidus address parental custody and alienation due to an acrimonious divorce? 38:18 • What does the Rebbe say about vaccinations? 43:52• Follow up:     o Older singles (episode 263) 56:10    o BPD (episode 268) 59:05    o Anti-Semitism 01:00:37• Chassidus question: Where do the five senses belong in context of the ten faculties, which correspond to the ten sefiros? 01:01:18• My Life 2019 essays:    o התמודדות עם תסכול וכעס, Chaya Mushka Banor, 17, Tzfat, Israel 01:11:48    o The Honor of Your Presence Is Requested…, Esther Rochel Elkaim, 31, Bal Harbour, FL 01:14:09    o הגן של האנושות, Chanania Zohar, 35, Migdal HaEmek, Israel 01:15:47
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought.TOPICS:• Chassidus Applied to 12-13 Tammuz and Balak 0:12• What is the Chabad custom regarding bringing in an early Shabbos? 14:52• What will Chabad look like in 30 years? 19:00• When naming a child after a tzaddik/Rebbe can we combine the name with that of a layperson? 24:36• Should we be concerned with secular values seeping into Chabad ideology? 27:34• How can I address my apathy to davening and make it a meaningful experience? 36:44• To what extent should a spouse get involved in their partners davening? 41:38• Am I responsible to share sensitive information about a potential shidduch with the other party? 43:13• Follow up:        o Gimmel Tammuz (episode 266)  46:22      o Pidyon nefesh at the Ohel (episode 266)  48:43      o Polygamy (episode 267) 50:29      o Anti-Semitism  53:22• Chassidus question: How do you reconcile Tanya chapter 15 with the Gemara whether a tzaddik is called oved Elokim? 57:09• My Life 2019 essays:     o כלים השלכתיים בטיפול: השימוש בחוש הציור ככלי טיפולי במשנתו של אדמו”ר הריי”צ, Mishael Elmalem, 41, Jerusalem, Israel 01:02:45     o הביטחון בבורא ככלי משנה מציאות, Efrat Veber, 32, Beitar Illit, Israel 01:05:34     o האחריות כגורם אחראי בחיינו, Chaya Mushka Perlstein, 19, Haifa, Israel 01:07:13Submit your question now at https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: Mylife@meaningfullife.com.LIKE US ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyLifeChassi...MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a series of video webcasts answering questions from the public, with the objective of demonstrating how Chassidus provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. MyLife is brought to you by the Meaningful Life Center as a public service, free of charge.WHERE TO FIND THE MEANINGFUL LIFE CENTER:WEBSITE: http://www.meaningfullife.com, https://www.chassidusapplied.com/FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MyLifeChassi...INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/meaningful....TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/MeaningfulLife LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjaco...YOUTUBE CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/mylifechassidusapp...PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/meaningfulEMAIL US: wisdomreb@meaningfullife.com
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought.TOPICS:• Chassidus Applied to Chukas 1:04• Is G-d waiting for every Jew to be observant and every non-Jew to to accept the Sheva Mitzvos before bringing the complete Geulah? 12:32• Are we meant to be afraid of G-d? Is “fear” the accurate translation?  21:45• Should I, as a female, be going to a male healer? 26:20• Is it appropriate for men to lead women's farbrengens? 29:06• How do we understand polygamy in Judaism? 32:07• Is What’s App appropriate? 39:28• Follow up:      o Pidyon nefesh at the Ohel (episode 266) 47:05      o Mashpia (episode 263) 48:35      o Limited contact between groom and bride (episode 264) 52:23      o Handshaking (episode 261) 53:10• Chassidus question: How can a tzaddik be called by G-d's name? 54:18• My Life 2019 essays:     o Growth Through Trauma, Hadassa Shemtov, 26, West Hollywood, NY; 59:08     o What Will the Neighbours Think? Rivka Cohen, 34, Greater Manchester, England 01:00:44     o Respectful Parenting: Discipline Through Ahavas Yisrael and Chesed, Yosefa Wood-Isenberg, 01:01:47         29, Philadelphia, PA 
 Gimmel Tammuz – 25 years: What does it mean?How do we turn Gimmel Tammuz day into an ongoing change in our daily lives? Why isn’t calling the Rebbe Nosi Ha’Dor self-serving? How can we describe the Rebbe with Torah verses referring to G-d? Why is the note we write to the Rebbe at the Ohel called a pidyon nefesh? How can we understand our personal expressions regarding the Rebbe in Maaneh Loshon? Chassidus Applied to Chof Ches Sivan and Korach Follow up: Mashpia Chassidus question: Is there a connection between the different events in history that happened on Gimmel Tammuz? My Life 2019 essays: Navigating the Many Waters of Millennial Life, Yitzi Tuvel, 31, Bondi, AustraliaBattling the Butterflies, Gavriel Eagle, 18, Baltimore, MD’סוד החוכמה העליונה – כח מ”ה: הכוח לשאול ‘מה, Hadas Yehudis Tsuri, 42, Ma'agan Michael, Israel 
 Chassidus Applied to Shelach How do I find a mashpia? How can we create a more organized and reliable system for identifying and finding an appropriate mashpia? What distinguishes between different kosher certifications? Should I be choosing one over another? Should I accept a once-in-a-lifetime offer to play a role in a TV show?  How should I deal with same gender attraction? Is same gender relationships prohibited for females as it is for men? What to do about social anxiety in everyday life? How to reconcile the seemingly conflicting statements about enjoying life’s pleasures? Follow up:  Dating a meshichist Anti-Semitism Chassidus question: In Chinuch Katan the Alter Rebbe writes that we generate love to Hashem by contemplating on how G-d took us out of Egypt. But how can that elicit love when He also put us there?  My Life 2019 essays: Apathy – Who Cares? Shaina Slavin, 19, Sydney, Australiaהכח לסלוח, Chava Gelman, 19, Rishon Letzion, IsraelReshaping Your Beliefs, Avrohom Friedberg, 51, Toronto, Canada 
 Chassidus Applied to Post Shavuos and Behaalosecho How and who produced the Hanochos -- transcripts – of the Rebbe’s talks? What does Torah and Kabbalah say about reincarnation and communication with past lives? Should being a meshichist/saying Yechi be relevant when choosing a shidduch? How much time should a chosson and kallah be in contact with each other during their engagement? As a mother of young children how can I daven properly with the right intentions? Follow up:  Israel-centric Judaism Chassidus in depth Teshuva for a sociopath Anti-Semitism Chassidus question: Is the long golus a result of baseless hatred or the fact that we are weak souls? My Life 2019 essays: הנתינה לאחר ככלי לשינוי עצמי, Michal Torenheim,17, Beitar Illit, Israel; I’m Not a DoormatThe Quality of Self Confidence, Sarale Benshimon, 30, Montreal, CanadaBack and Forth, Chana Lazar, 20, Montreal, Canada 
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought.TOPICS• Chassidus Applied to Bamidbar and Shavuos 00:28• Why do we eat dairy on Shavuos? 9:25• Now that most of the world's Jews live in Israel, should the focus  shift from a disapora-centric Judaism to an Israel-centric Judaism? 19:25• Why are we told more about the yetzer hara than the yetzer tov? 27:19• Should we be more sensitive to older singles when we bless them to find a shidduch? 30:55• According to Torah, are women permitted to vote? 34:52• Should I be learning deeper maamorim in Chassidus? And if so, which? 40:18• Follow up: Anti-Semitism 45:25Zohar 51:04Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students 58:59• Chassidus question: What does Chassidus contribute to the understanding of Mattan Torah? 1:00:06• My Life 2019 essay contest winners:   o במקום לְהִתְקַשֵׁ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏ר, אולי פשוט נְתַקְשֵׁר, Mushka Malka Dekel, 18, Yokneam, Israel 1:07:33   o ‏‏דחף מול דחק, Orya Maimon, 21, Yokneam Illit, Israel 1:09:12   o תוכחה מלב אל לב – מצליחה, Chana Esther Cohen, 18, Ocean City, MD 1:10:15
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