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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. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson, or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Lessons from 9 Adar and Tetzaveh        o What is the significance of the Frierdiker Rebbe's arrival to the “lower hemisphere?         o What can we learn from this about battling the godless “communists” of our time?        o Why is Moshe’s name not mentioned in this parsha?  • Chassidus Applied to Purim        o What is the significance of the mitzvah of eradicating Amalek?         o Why would G-d create evil people and then command us to obliterate them?        o Why don’t we hoot when King Saul’s name is mentioned?        o Why does the Megillah start with a party that happened years before the main part of the story?        o Why are Pesachia and Hadassah called by their secular Persian names, Mordechai and Esther?        o What ever happened to Vashti?        o What happened to Achashverosh after the Purim story in the Megillah?         o Did Haman work in a barber shop before getting a job in Achashverosh's court?        o Why is there a custom to wear masks on Purim?        o Is there a connection to Covid masks?        o Why did the Rebbe not wear a costume on Purim if that is the custom?  • What is special about the month of Adar? Should one push off a court case to this month?  • Is there spiritual significance to the landing on Mars and the general exploration of space?  • Follow-up: Bizbuz ha’otzros  • Chassidus question: How do we explain the statement cited in Chassidus that Yom Kippurim is only like Purim?  MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates 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.
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson, or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Chassidus Applied to 7 Adar, Terumah and Zachor        o How are you empowered by the Moshe within?        o How to turn your life and home into a holy sanctuary?        o What can we do to eradicate apathy and doubts?  • How does Chassidus view the relationship between spiritual/emotional health and physical health?  • Does ambition have a purpose according to Chassidus? Or is it better to be without ambition completely?  • What is the best way to daven that Hashem puts you in the right place at the right time to meet your bashert?  • Non-Jews        o What is the difference between psyche and soul from a Chassidic perspective, and how are they different by Jews and non-Jews?        o Are non-Jews obligated to have bitachon?        o How do I talk to my non-Jewish patients about G-d and the purpose of life? What topics and ideas in Chassidus can I share with them?        o Is one allowed to listen to non-Jewish explanations of the Torah?  • How are we to understand the idea of Jews as the “chosen people”?  • Follow-up: Effort  • Chassidus question: What is Tanya’s realistic expectation of us? Are we expected to be perfect or accountable? Is the Tanya's beinoni a real person or just a theoretical model of the ideal non-tzaddik?  • MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 15th Place winners:        o Essay English: The Power of Imagery, Yehuda Shmotkin, 35, Shliach, Chabad of Hamilton Heights and City College, New York, NY        o Essay Hebrew (men): התמודדות עם עצלות וכבדות מהתניא, Benayahu Yankovitch, Jerusalem, Israel        o Essay Hebrew (women): רכישת אסרטיביות מתוך ספר התניא, Mrs. Rivkah Yankovitch, Jerusalem, Israel        o Creative: The Anatomy According to Chassidus (sketchbook), Chaya Youngworth, 18, Student, Torah Academy, Johannesburg, South Africa  MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates 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.
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus Applied to Mishpatim, Shekalim and Rosh Chodesh Adar How do we balance reason and faith? How do we build a relationship with G-d? What is the power of joy? Our polarized country - follow-up Was the Rebbe ever in a pandemic? Psychology and Torah Please frame psychology, spirituality, and Chassidus in some sort of context Is psychology antithetical to Torah? Non-Jews Do non-Jews have a soul and free will? What is the difference between psyche and soul from a Chassidic perspective, and how are they different by Jews and non-Jews? How do you explain the end of chapter one in Tanya? Chassidus question: What are the 288 sparks? Where did they come from and what are we supposed to do with them? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 14th Place winners: Essay English: The BT Approach: Ways to Move Past Barriers to Growth, Michoel Moshel, 25 Psychology Student, Dover Heights, Australia Essay Hebrew (men): מעלות הנישואין, Ariel Nevai, Beitar Ilit, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): שמחה זו לא בדיחה, Student, Miri Sudakevitch, Kfar Chabad, Israel Creative: The World Around Us through the Lens of Chassidus (mixed media with text and visual), Fraida Raskin, 18, Student, Beth Rivkah Ladies’ College. Hometown: East Bentleigh, Australia
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus Applied to Chof Beis Shevat and Yisro  The Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka as partner with the Rebbe  What can we do to honor the Rebbetzin?  Her words: “In Lubavitch all is good”  How do we apply Mattan Torah today?  Why was Sinai preceded by Yisro’s arrival and the lesson for us?  Parents and children: How can I heal from an abusive home?   What can we learn about the Covid vaccine from the Rebbe’s attitude to previous vaccinations?  Bitachon in face of challenges  What can we say to disillusioned teenagers who have experienced losses?  How do we explain to our children prayers not being fulfilled?  Follow-up:  What can I do to receive an answer from the Rebbe?   Will this world come to an end?  Chassidus question: What does bizbuz ha’otzros mean in practical terms?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 13th Place winners:  Essay English: Getting In Shape – For the Final Redemption! Chaya Miriam (Cynthia) Moline, QEP – Technical Copywriter, Jupiter, FL   Essay Hebrew (men): כיצד לטפל במשבר ערך החיים בזמננו? Gilad Cohen, Student, Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): יתרון האור מן החושך, Chana Vals, Educator, Be’er Sheva, Israel  Creative: Ketores of Kedoshim (poetry), Sholom Cohen, 69, Carnegie Mellon University – Principal Engineer, Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus Applied to Tu B’shevat and Beshalach  What do you do when you’re stuck?  What is the secret to success?  Lessons we learn from the time when the Jews were stuck between the sea before them and the pursuing Egyptians behind them  What do we learn from trees?  Bitachon in face of challenges  Can we be angry at G-d when our friends and community members die of Covid?  How do we explain bitachon and emunah when they apparently don't bring the intended results?  What can I do to change my negative feelings and lack of trust in G-d due to my life challenges?  Parents and Children  How do I get over very harsh words my mother told me?  Children’s Apathy to Judaism  How would you deal with teens who are apathetic towards Yiddishkeit?  What is an appropriate response to my 11-year old son who confided in me that he fears that he won’t be religious when he grows up?  Chassidus question: Is dirah b’tachtonim a reason for creation that emerged only in later generations?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 12th Place winners:  Essay English: “They didn’t change their names, their language or their dress” -- Staying strong to who we are despite our surroundings, Mushka Cohen, 16, Student, Beth Rivkah, Montreal, Canada  Essay Hebrew (men): פיזור הנפש, Mr. Meir Ha’Itan, Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): בנין החינוך - עסק משפחתי מצליח, Chana’le Gufchi, Educator, Kiryat Malachi, Israel  Creative: Infusion (painting. Creative Art Piece. Oil on Canvas), Rivky Taichman, 20, Shlucha at Machon Alte Tzfat. Crown Heights, NY 
Chassidus Applied to Vaeirah and Rosh Chodesh Shevat  How do we deal with the deepest darkness? The revelation of Havaya in the abyss of Mitzrayim  Bringing Torah and Chassidus to all languages and peoples  President Trump and Events of this Week  From a Torah perspective, what are we to make of the recent events in Washington?  What attitude should we have to President Trump today?   How can we possibly reconcile the great divide in our country today?  Are we headed toward civil war?  Suicide  Suicide is frightening me. Please address this recent tragedy and inspire us all with some light.   Did the Rebbe ever speak about mental illness, suicide and related issues?  Parents and Children  How should I address my husband who chooses not to connect and provide unconditional love to his children because they are more modern?  What can we do about our son who suddenly stopped talking to us?  Chassidus question: What is the maamar called “Der Frumer Va’eirah”?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 11th Place winners:  Essay English: The Lamplighter, Rivka Cohen, 24, Bais Chana Women International,  Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (men): חיים קלים עם אנשים קשים, Mr. Yahal Dahan, Tzfat, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): מסע פנימי לגאולה, Mrs. Binah Nachshon, Jerusalem, Israel  Creative: My Garden (poetry), Yosef Kaufmann, 27, Sofer, Johannesburg, South Africa 
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-... or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponso... THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: •  Chassidus Applied to Chof and Chof Dalet Teves          o The similarities of the Rambam and the Alter Rebbe         o The role of leaders in difficult times  •  Lessons from Shemos:         o Why is the entire book of Shemos called Sefer HaGeulah?         o How to deal with demons – Mitzrayim – in our spirits?         o How to see beyond the tzimtzum’s abyss?  •  Is it inappropriate to wish someone Happy New Year?  •  Suicide         o I plan on committing suicide. I’m in so much pain! Please help...        o What can we do to help someone contemplating suicide?          o Suicide is frightening me? Please address this recent tragedy and inspire us all with some light       •  Chassidus question: Please explain Tanya chapter 12: How can one be a Benoni who has never sinned when there are three daily sins no one is spared from?  •  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 10th Place winners:         o Essay English: Irrelevant Micromanagement, Chaya Rivkin, 19, Student, Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim, Hometown: New Orleans, LA         o Essay Hebrew (men): נחיתות ופתרונה - ע”פ תורת החסידות, Shlomo Chaim Shmuelevitz, Beis Shaan, Israel         o Essay Hebrew (women): לחיות בתודעה אלוקית, Chana Leibman, Rishon L’Tzion, Israel         o Creative: Torah Map (maps), Anthony Bensusan, 63, London, UK MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates 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.
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-... or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponso... THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: Chassidus Applied to Vayechi What defines real life? Why was Yosef buried in Egypt? Is Hei Teves an eis ratzon? Nittel Where did the custom of playing chess on the night of nittel begin? Who won the chess game between the Frierdiker Rebbe and the Rebbe? Why don’t we learn on nittel night? How do I become more confident in my life choices? How do I improve my relationship with my father, who is more interested in my spiritual state than my physical one? How can I have clarity in a decision I made if I can’t get a direct answer from the Rebbe? With so many marriages happening today between Jews and non-orthodox converts, is there anything we can do to welcome them into the community in order to stem intermarriage? I find myself struggling with desires that fuel my animal soul. How are we supposed to have passion for things that are found in the holy books rather than in the streets? Chassidus question: Please explain Tanya chapter 7: Why is it so bad to enjoy life in a kosher way? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 9th Place winners: Essay English: Complacency- And how to be Dissatisfied with It, Koby Berkovits, 18, Student, Kesser Torah College, Sydney, Australia Essay Hebrew (men): דיבור ושיפור, Meir Ha’itan, Kedomim, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): רגישות גבוהה במשנת חסידות חב”ד, Highly Sensitive Person’s (HSP’s), Chaya Mizrachi, Kfar Chabad, Israel Creative: The Edges of Illusion (poetry), Yehudis Fishman, 76, Self Employed - Community Educator, Boulder, CO
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-... or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponso... THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: Chassidus Applied to Hei Teves and Vayigash  Celebrating the enduring eternity of the Rebbe, his teachings and directives  Joseph’s dramatic reunion with his brothers  Lessons from 10th of Teves: Nipping a problem in the bud  Which is the main miracle of Chanukah, finding the oil or winning the war?   Why does G-d test people with misfortune?  Is it necessary to talk to your Mashpia about things that you feel you could figure out on your own?  Is there ever a limit to following a psak din even when it doesn’t sit well with us?  Is there recourse to challenge a halachic ruling?   When facing a dilemma, how do we decide whether to ask one’s spouse, or consult a mashpia, get advice from a rov or ask him a full blown shaala?  How can we be complacent about the Democratic anti-Torah values agenda?  Follow-up:  Marrying cousins  Was Yaakov ready for the geulah?  Making aliya to Eretz Yisroel: Is it a state of mind?  Chassidus question: What is the spiritual significance of snow?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 8th Place winners:  Essay English: Unconditional Trust, Aidel Cohen, 25, Tzivos Hashem, Writer and Editor, Brooklyn, NY Essay Hebrew (men): החסידות למעשה, Applied Chassidus, Yohansan Ziv, Bnei Brak, Israel Essay Hebrew (women):  רגשות אשמה - חרטה, לקיחת אחריות ותיקון, או הלקאה עצמית מזיקה? Feelings of guilt - remorse, taking responsibility and correction, or harmful self-flagellation? Debbie Mintzberg, Bnei Brak, Israel Creative: A Tale of Gold and Dirt (poetry), Rivka Goldenberg, 19, Student, Beis Chana – Tzfas Seminary, Lawrenceville, NJ 
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-... or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponso... THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Chassidus Applied to Chanukah and Miketz  • What five messages do the Chanukah lights teach us  • Why did the Rebbe cross out the words “whispering flames”?  • With so much pain and darkness how do you maintain a positive outlook?   • Should a chossid eat jelly doughnuts on Chanukah?  • Why is Judaism so obsessed with food?  • How can we take on and maintain so many resolutions?  • What should be our attitude to the Covid vaccine?  • Should we still be following Covid medical guidelines?  • Is there a double standard when it comes to discussing Trump and Biden?  • Would it be okay to name our children Donald?  • Chassidus question: How can we apply the Kabbalistic explanation of Chanukah in Derech Mitzvosecho to our lives? MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates 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.
• Chassidus Applied to Yud Tes-Chof Kislev and Vayeishev 0:24 • How can we say that the Yidden had Bechirah by matan torah - Hashem picked up the mountain over their heads?  09:20 • Is there anything wrong with listening to Jewish music that are not niggunim?  13:36 • Is there a reason the Rebbe does not put so much emphasis on Rebbetzin Devorah Leah's story? It seems that Chassidim feel very emotional about it, and I was wondering if there is an explanation as to why, for example the Rebbe does not say a sicha every year about it?  17:05 • What's the regard that we, as Dor Hashvi Chassidim (who never knew any other Rabeim) should be having with the Chassidus of the six previous Rabbeim - besides for the Horaos the Rebbe clearly gave (i.e.  Chitas, Tanya, Likuttei Torah, Torah Ohr ex.)? Shouldn't we be only/ mainly learning our generations Chassidus? But then what about the rest of Chassidus?  21:18 • Should I be nervous when something comes too easy, if it says yagati umatzati taamin? 26:43 • Why do we teach and give Chassidus to young children? Why don't we hold it back a bit so they can appreciate it when they grow up?  29:00 • How can one attain real bittul if one can actually have the Rebbes will be his own?  31:43 • What's a mashpia for - we know she is to connect you to the Rebbe but how?  35:08 • What is Torah's perspective on therapy? If Torah has all the answers on how to live a healthy life, then why the need for therapy? And if Torah does, why does it not feel applicable? If it isn't, then what's our approach to this all?  38:43 • What should I do if my feelings are numb? I've been through some really painful things in the past few years and until a little while ago, I felt the pain, it hurt, I cried, but now I just don't feel anything anymore.  I also stopped feeling for things in Yiddishkeit. What's the way to start feeling my emotions again?  43:15 • What is a practical way to think of/ deal with having depression and anxiety disorder?  47:27 • When an emotion arouses what should one do with it?  49:48 • How can I use my capabilities of doing all my dreams now when I am only in high school, is it true that my fullest potential is kind of blocked by my position as a student?  52:00 • Why does hashem set people up for failure? Like when Moshe hit the rock, Hashem purposely made him hit the rock so the yidden wouldn't get into Eretz Yisroel etc. 54:19 • Are all neshamos the same? If not, what makes them different?  56:44 • Will we turn into malachim?  59:21 • Will the world ever end?  01:00:34 • Do tzadikim start out perfect? if not how would someone know if they are a tzadik?  01:02:17 • What does chassidish mean?  01:04:44 • How do you deal with bad influences?  01:05:56 • If time is a creation down here and there's no concept of time above, why do we say a Neshama is busy for 30 days after it's niftar?  01:07:16 •  When the Sforno talks about Moshe hitting the rock, he brings in 3 types of miracles. The first one is Tzadikim davening. Why does it mention specifically Tzadikim, can't all yidden daven? And if it's specifically for Tzadikim why are we all encouraged to daven when someone is unwell?  01:10:04 •  I like learning geography and world history, but it's not really chochmas haumas - so am I allowed to learn it?  01:11:13 • What does it mean hesech ha’daas in relation to validating your emotions?  01:11:50 • The Rebbe says that we have finished our avodah and we are ready to greet Moshiach, but the Rebbe also says that we haven't done enough and need to do even more. Which one is it? 01:13:42
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Chassidus Applied to Yud Dalet Kislev         o Why were the Rebbe’s parents unable to attend his wedding?        o What is the Torah’s position on marrying cousins?        o Why doesn't the Torah give marriage advice?        o Should a husband see himself as his wife’s mashpia?  • Lessons from Yud Tes Kislev and Vayishlach        o Why would heaven be opposed to the Alter Rebbe teaching Chassidus?        o What lessons does the reunion between Jacob and Esau teach us about Yud Tes Kislev?        o Is there a correlation between the campaign to inspire non-Jews about the Seven Noahide               Laws and the birur of Esau in this week’s Parsha?  • Is there a double standard when it comes to discussing Trump and Biden?  • Covid related:       o How can we rely on authorities when it’s possible that the blind are leading the blind?        o What are your thoughts on the recent Covid-related crackdowns targeting religious Jews?        o Now that some Rabbis are beginning to change their opinions regarding lockdowns, would                  civil disobedience be allowed according to halacha?  • Is it appropriate for a wealthy person to live a luxurious life?  • Chassidus question: How could Rochel have violated Yaakov’s trust by giving the signs to Leah?  • MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 7th Place winners:        o Essay English: Window for Words, Moshe Miller, 65, Chicago, IL, Writing, translating, teaching, guiding. Self-employed, Chicago, IL          o Essay Hebrew (men): קולקטיביזם מודרני ואינדיבידואליזם חסידי, Collectivism and Individualism in               the Teachings of the Rebbe, R’ Chaim Luria, Lod, Israel         o Essay Hebrew (women): מחשבה בריאה, Healthy Thought, Mirav Basari, Tzafarya, Israel         o Creative: Me’odecha: A Niggun (music), Moshe Gordon, 19, Brooklyn, NY, Student, Tomchei              Temimim, Morristown
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: Chassidus Applied to Tes and Yud Kislev and Vayeitzei 0:37 What is the purpose of our descent into this hostile world?  What did the Mitteler Rebbe contribute to Chassidus?  A listener’s blessing to the community  Was Rivkah actually 3 years old when she got married to Yitzchak?!  Why was it okay for Yaakov to cheat Esau out of his birthright?!   Should we be following the new Covid precautions?  Is wearing a mask on Shabbos permissible?  What should I do if my spouse chooses to believe nearly every conspiracy theory, especially those related to health?  Are you a supporter of Trump or Biden?  Why do you refer to this post-election time as being in a weird and bizarre state?  Should we stay out of politics?  Chassidus question: Is our soul purified anew each morning?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 6th Place winners:  Essay English: Weaning Our Children Off Extrinsic Motivation, Liba Rimler, 21, Teacher, Cheder Chabad of Monsey, Pomona, NY  Essay Hebrew (men): הגישה החסידית לחיים מאושרים בעולם הפוסטמודרני, The Chassidic Approach to a Fulfilling Life in the Post-Modern World, Yisroel Yitzchaki, Charish, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): נא להתקשר, Please Connect, Chana Ben-Chamo, Kfar Chabad, Israel  Creative: Aleph; Elevating 2D to 3D (sculpture), Sarah Mochkin, 28, Village Community School, School Administration, Brooklyn, NY
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: Chassidus Applied to Rosh Chodesh Kislev and Toldos How can we achieve renewal after setbacks? How do you explain Yitzchak and Rivkah giving birth to Esau? How to look at the election results Should we all make aliyah to Israel now? Does Covid represent a plague-like atmosphere similar to the one in the days of Pharaoh? Is there a similarity between our time and the generation of the flood? Does Torah lean toward socialism or capitalism? What should I do about my online addictions? Follow-up Chassidus question: How do explain the statement that this world is closer to the iggul hagadol then the higher worlds? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 5th Place winners: Essay English: The Super Human Unmasked, Anonymous, 19, Student Beis Chana, Tzfas Seminary Essay Hebrew (men): תרומת החסידות בהתמודדות עם כישלון, The Contribution of Chassidus in Dealing with Failure, מנדל רי'גייר Mendel Raijer, 32, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shliach Essay Hebrew (women): לבחור בחיים, To Choose Life, Ruchi Shpitzer, Educator, Buenos Aires, Argentina Creative: Mind Control – Controlling our Thoughts According to Chassidus (Video and Music), Nechoma Dina Rosenberg, 20, Teacher’s Assistant, Brooklyn, NY
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: Chassidus Applied to Chayei Sarah 0:33 What defines true life?  Are the stories in Bereishis as important as the mitzvos discussed in other Chumashim?   Why is there limited discussion of the Imahos in the Torah?  Why do we find more discussion in Torah about the wicked than about the good?  How should we react to the election results?  Should we pray for leaders in power?  Is everything Hashem does good immediately or will it lead to a greater good in the long term?  Would a brain chip be acceptable according to Torah?  Why did G-d create rich people?  What should I do about my online addictions? Follow-up  Chassidus question: Why do we mention the avos in our prayers?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: Student winners:  Essay English: Seeing the Future, Lily Richman, 24, Student at Machon Alte Seminary. Twinsburg, Ohio.   Essay Hebrew (men): OCD, Menachem Mendel Yeshayahu, Kiryat Shmuel, Haifa, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): Is Fundamental Change Possible? שינוי עצמי - אפשרי? Mushka Tabiv, Kfar Chabad, Israel  Creative: Unifying Force: The Power of Giving (hand woven tapestry), Ruth Bell, 64, Shlucha, Artist, Jewish Heritage Center Coordinator. Leeds, UK
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: Chassidus Applied to Chof Cheshvan and Vayeira Did the biblical stories of the avos actually happen or are they just metaphors? What is unique about the revelation of Vayeira when G-d revealed Himself earlier to Abraham? Why did Abraham wait to perform the mitzvah of bris until he was 99? Chof Cheshvan: 160th anniversary of the Rebbe Rashab’s birth: What is the connection between the Rebbe Rashab crying for divine revelation with his life and legacy? Why are my parents insisting that I move out of my home at 27 when Abraham left his home at 75? How do we know that Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt? Election 2020: What is the Rebbe’s view on preserving the USA? Should we vote for Trump or Biden? Would it be a chilul hashem for someone to publicize that they are voting for Trump? Can we vote in a church building? What would the government be like without G-d? What should I do about my online addictions? Chassidus question: Was Abraham the first Jew? Part II MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest 3rd place winners: English essay, $1,000 winner: The Alter Rebbe’s Brilliant Solution to the Addict’s Dilemma, Shraga Crombie, 38, Shliach, Chabad House at Rutgers University, Edison, NJ Hebrew essay (men), $500 winner: How to choose the correct diet? כיצד לבחור דיאטה נכונה? Rabbi Dovid Zalmanov, Kiev, Ukraine Hebrew essay (women), $500 winner: Taste of a Life. טעם החיים, Chana Berger, student, Migdal Ha’Emek, Israel Creative: Just a Leaf (lyrics and music), Esty Stern. 28, Brooklyn, NY
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • The critical relevance of Chassidus for our trying times  • Chassidus Applied to Zayin Cheshvan and Lech Lecha  • Transforming mundane life with the power of Tishrei  • What is the secret to true growth and self-actualization?  • What’s your take on the US elections and latest peace agreements in the Middle East?  • The Torah view on Covid – follow-up  • Is someone who wears a mask, follows distancing guidelines and gets vaccines lacking in bitachon?  • What to do if my trusted doctor rejects a proven remedy?  • What should I do about my husband’s addiction to inappropriate online content? Part IV  • Chassidus question: Was Abraham the first Jew?  • 2020 MyLife: Chassidus Applied Hebrew Essay Contest: 1st and 2nd place winning essays MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates 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.
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson/ or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Chassidus Applied to the post holidays  • Lessons from Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan and Parshas Noach  • Which health guidelines should we be following today according to the Torah?  • With conflicting messages coming from different sources about our behavior during these times, what and who should we believe?   • What attitude should we have to the government’s enforcement of health measures in orthodox Jewish communities, and to the protests and mask burnings in response? Are Jews being unfairly targeted? If yes, what should we do about it?  • What higher message is there to be learned from the confluence of chaos happening now in so many areas – from the pandemic to the political, racial, economic etc.?  • Chassidus question: What is the significance of saying v’yaakov holech lidarko at the end of the Tishrei holidays?  • 2020 MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 2nd place winning essay and creative MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates 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.
Chassidus Applied to Rosh Hashana Chassidus Applied to Rosh Hashana How to experience renewal? Can you share an original and important idea about Rosh Hashana? What personal message does Rosh Hashana offer us? How can we “trick” the angels by not blowing shofar on Erev Rosh Hashana? Why don’t we blow shofar when Rosh Hashana falls out on Shabbos? Please explain the concept that G-d recreates the world every moment Are there things that can block our prayers from reaching G-d, or block His blessings from reaching us? What should I do about my husband’s addiction to inappropriate online content? Part III Follow-up: Neshama chadasha 2020 MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: Winning essay and creative
Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. Submit your question now at  https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-... or email: info@chassidusapplied.com. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: info@chassidusapplied.com SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponso... THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Chassidus Applied to Chai Elul   • Was the Baal Shem Tov a gaon?  • What does it mean that the Alter Rebbe had a neshama chadasha? Are some souls greater than others?  • Can you share the three most practical lessons from the Tanya for people today?  • Lessons from Netzavim-Vayeilech: Unwavering roots and expansive growth  • 60 Days: Resources for preparing for the New Year in these trying and unprecedented times  • When praying, is it better to read from the siddur or can someone just make up their own prayers?  • Can I pray in a place where there are idols?  • What should I do about my husband’s addiction to inappropriate online content? Part II  • Announcing the Winners of the 2020 MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of the human experience. The objective of the program is to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. MyLife demonstrates 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.
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