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MyLife: Chassidus Applied

MyLife: Chassidus Applied

By Rabbi Simon Jacobson
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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How Does One Stay Positive That G-d Has a Bashert for Them, After a Long and Trying Dating Process?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Chof Cheshvan  What was unique about the Rebbe Rashab?  What do we learn from him and what is his significance to our lives today?  Are all the Rebbeim connected?  Did the Rebbe Rashab say that Tomchei Temimim would impact its students to live as Chassidim did 100 years back?  How do we reconcile the Frierdiker Rebbe saying that we should never expel a student from Tomchei Temimim with Sarah sending away Yishmael?  Lessons from Chayei Sarah   Who was Keturah?  Abraham losing 5 years of his life seems to indicate that this was pre-determined. Do we have free choice or is everything determined?  What defines true and enduring life?  Where are the ten lost tribes?  What should be our attitude to different claims about a people being from the ten lost tribes, as in the recent news about Hispaniola and the Igbo of Nigeria?  Will they return?  What can I do to improve my relationship with my parents?  How does one stay positive that Hashem has a bashert for them, after a long and trying dating process?  Follow-up: Lottery  Chassidus question: Please explain the concept that G-d recreates the world every moment 
01:08:31
October 25, 2021
Ep. 375: How Much Should One Invest in Lottery Tickets?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Vayeira  Why did G-d appear to Abraham and what does that teach us?  Why did Abraham turn away from G-d to greet guests? Doesn’t that seem rude?  Why would a benevolent G-d ask Abraham to kill his son? And why did Abraham comply without question?  Why do we teach our children this violent story?  How were the angels able to eat with Abraham when they are spiritual beings that don’t consume physical food?   Why did Sarah laugh when she heard that she would have a child at age 90?  Why did Abraham protest G-d's plan to destroy the evil city of Sodom?  Why was Lot saved?  Is the forecasted huge solar storm perhaps a sign of the sun being removed from its shield after Moshiach comes?   How much should one invest in lottery tickets?  Is there a guaranteed segulah that works in order to become wealthy?  What should be our attitude toward gambling?  How can I convince my friend to stop gambling away his money in casinos?  What should I do about discovering my father watching inappropriate content?  How do we distinguish between Taliban fundamentalism and l’havdil the “fundamentalism” described in the Torah?  Chassidus question: What is the experience of “taanug in Elokus” supposed to look or feel like? 
01:11:11
October 18, 2021
Ep. 374: If We Feel Uninspired, Should We Learn From Abraham and Relocate?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Cheshvan What can I do when I feel down and unmotivated? At what point is it customary to stop wishing people a happy new year? Why is it called Marcheshvan? What is the significance and lesson of Zayin Cheshvan? Thinking about the First Temple being completed this month, I am wondering what is more important – the physical Temple or the temple of our homes? Noach follow-up Why did G-d have to command Noach to leave the ark? Were there kangaroos on Noach's ark? Was the entire earth flooded? Lessons from Lech Lecha Was Abraham truly a great man by historical standards? How is Abraham considered to be the first Jew if his mother was not Jewish? What is the significance of Hashem telling Abraham that in order to be successful and become a great nation he first must leave his father’s home and place of birth? If we feel uninspired, should we learn from Abraham and leave the place we are living? Shouldn't we discover Hashem on our own as Abraham did, instead of learning it from our parents and educators? Why was so Sarah so special? Didn’t she behave cruelly by insisting that Hagar and Yishmael be sent away? Why did Abraham hide Sarah in a box and what possible message does this have for us? What can we learn from their descent to Egypt? If Abraham kept the entire Torah why did he not circumcise himself until G-d commanded him to do so at age 99? Shemitah: Why does a sabbatical year cancel debts? Chassidus question: What is the divine chariot and what is its significance in our daily lives?
01:03:15
October 11, 2021
Ep. 373: How Do We Maintain Inspiration After the Holidays?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to the Post-Holiday Season and Cheshvan How do we maintain the inspiration? Can we bottle the energy of Simchas Torah? Why are there no holidays in Cheshvan? Why is it called Mar Cheshvan? Lessons from Bereishis Why doesn’t the Torah begin with Elokim barah bereshis? When were angels created? Is a soul a creation, or did souls always exist in the same manner that Torah and Hashem always existed? Why did Adam and Eve cover themselves after eating from the tree of knowledge? Why did G-d ask Adam “where are you?” Was it part of G-d’s plan that Adam and Eve sin in order to repair? And if so, why shouldn’t we sin for the same reason? Lessons from Noach On what grounds did Hashem have the “right” to destroy Noach’s generation with a flood? What did they do aboard the ark not to go crazy with cabin fever? Were there kangaroos on Noach’s ark? How was waste disposed of on the ark? What can we learn from the three floors in the ark? If the purpose of bringing animals into Noach’s ark was to prevent their extinction, why would G-d allow thousands of species from becoming extinct since? Why did G-d allow the consumption of meat after the flood? Sukkos Why do we say that it’s challenging to eat in a Sukkah when in Israel the weather is perfect that time of year? What is the origin of the Sukkos ushpizin? Chassidus question: Please explain the application of the Chet Etz HaDaas to our personal lives?
01:13:58
October 4, 2021
Ep. 372: A Rebbe Never Leaves: What Can We Learn From Yud Gimmel Tishrei About Life After Gimmel Tammuz?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Lessons from Yud Gimmel Tishrei – 139th yahrzeit of the Rebbe Maharash What should we learn from the Rebbe Maharash? How does his life and leadership impact us? What is the connection between the Tzemech Tzedek being daas and “now let’s travel to father to hear what is doing”? Story: A Rebbe never leaves Chassidus applied to Sukkos What is the spiritual significance of eating in a sukkah? Why is Sukkos not in the spring after Pesach? Is there a connection between sukkah and mikveh, as both surround us completely? Why can a Sukkah be made of any materials you want, but the roof can only be made of materials that grow from the ground? Is the roof of the Sukkah more significant than its walls? Why is Chabad custom not to decorate the Sukkah? What is the meaning of the Gemara that in the future non-Jews will be tested with a Sukkah and they will refuse to sit in it because of the heat, and what is its message for us today? If Hashem wanted us to enjoy our time in the sukkah why did he create mosquitoes and bees to torment and ruin it for us? Why do we shake the Lulav? Why does an Esrog cost $100 when its cousin, the lemon, can be found in the supermarket for fifty cents? How do we justify price gouging? Why do we use an esrog from Italy instead of from Israel? What is Simchos Beis Hashoeiva and why did the Rebbe reinstitute this celebration? How can we control our diets during this holiday season with all its meals? Chassidus question: How does Chassidus explain Sukkos?
01:09:15
October 4, 2021
Ep. 371: Is It Acceptable to Ask Forgiveness via Social Media & Other Intriguing Yom Kippur Questions
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Lessons from Vov Tishrei Why is respecting parents such a great mitzvah? What is the connection with the Ten Days of Teshuvah? Why did the Rebbe honor his mother by analyzing and explaining Rashi? What can we learn from 9/11?How crumbling structures lead to greater growth Chassidus applied to Yom Kippur Why is it the holiest day of the year? On the high holidays who serves as our lawyer to defend us in the heavenly court? Can we follow a Yom Kippur service via zoom? What is the connection between Yom Kippur and the golden calf? Why was only the kohen gadol allowed to enter the kodesh kadoshim and only on Yom Kippur? Who cleaned the Holy of Holies, and could they tell us what it looked like inside? How does throwing a goat off a cliff to its death atone for our sins? If Moshiach comes before Yom Kippur will we need to fast? Laws and customs Is it acceptable to ask forgiveness via social media? If all our actions are predetermined, why are we responsible to ask forgiveness for sins? What are the origins of the kapparot ritual? Why did the Rebbe distribute honey cake before Yom Kippur and how can we maintain this tradition after Gimmel Tammuz? Why do we wear a white tunic (kittel) on Yom Kippur? Why do we fast over 25 hours on Yom Kippur, when a day is only 24 hours? Why are marital relations forbidden on Yom Kippur? Is using a caffeine suppository on Yom Kippur cheating? Prayers Why is Al Cheit said in the plural? Why do we read the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur? If singing Napolean’s March signifies that we have won the war even before the battle has begun, why don’t we sing it at the beginning of the day, before Kol Nidrei? Chassidus question: What is the connection between Yom Kippur and the 15th of Av?
01:14:22
September 13, 2021
Ep. 370: What Can We Learn From the Heavy Rains That Fell as We Prepare For Rosh Hashana?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: What can we learn from the heavy rains that fell as we prepare for Rosh Hashana? Chassidus applied to Rosh Hashana 5782 What are some things the Rebbe did Erev Rosh Hashana to prepare for a new year? Why does a king need to be coronated every year? What’s the best way to pray on Rosh Hashana for financial success and abundant parnassah? What can we learn from the story of the farm boy crying out ku-ko-reeku? What is your favorite Rosh Hashana maamar? Shofar What is the reason for the different shofar sounds? If someone doesn’t have a shofar on Rosh Hashana, can they use a trumpet or another instrument? Is the shofar an instrument of war? Will shofar be sounded during techiyas ha’maysim? Why do Sefardim use a much longer shofar than Ashkenazim? If the mitzvah is to hear the sound that comes out of the shofar, what difference does it make who blows the shofar? Should the person blowing shofar face his body north so the sound coming out of the shofar is directed east? Was there an emphasis to look at the Rebbe’s face as he sounded the shofar? Are we allowed to blow shofar at night? Are there similarities between shofar and other gentile traditions? Why don’t we blow shofar on Shabbos? Foods and customs Why do we dip an apple in honey? What is the reason that some communities have the custom of simanim – eating a series of symbolic foods? And does Chabad follow this custom? Since we don’t eat nuts on Rosh Hashana because “nut” in Hebrew is the gematria of “sin”, why do we eat nuts year-round? Why do we perform the Tashlich service near a body of water with fish in it? Personal challenges How to break an addiction as a New Year resolution? How do I resolve a disagreement with my spouse before the New Year? How do we deal with Holiday related OCD? Lessons from the Tzemech Tzedek’s 233rd birthday on Erev Rosh Hashana Why do we fast on Tzom Gedaliah? Who was Gedaliah? Chassidus question: If our fate is not sealed until later, why is it so important to be inscribed for a good year on Rosh Hashana?
01:05:31
September 10, 2021
Ep. 369: Is the Return of Taliban Control a Sign of Evil Making One Last Stand Before Moshiach?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: What unique opportunities does Elul offer us? Chassidus applied to 25 Elul What do we learn from the day when the world was created? Since time itself was created, how can there be a 25th of Elul, suggesting days and months prior to that day? Lessons from NetzavimWhy do we read this portion before Rosh Hashana? What is the deeper meaning in ki karov elecha hadavar me'od, and why do we need an entire Tanya to explain this verse? What can we learn from the fact that the coming new year is a Shemita Year? What do you think should be the acronym for the new year – Tof Shin Peh Beis? Do each of us have a unique mission or are we all equally charged with fulfilling G-d's will? Why do our souls need a tikkun? Why is speech so powerful that we need to take care of what we say? Why do many people use the expression “Torah and Chassidus”? Is the return of Taliban control a sign that evil will make one last stand before Moshiach comes? What can I do as a tikkun for killing a deer? Follow up: Golem, Tomchei Tmimim Chassidus question: If G-d recreates the world every moment, what is so special about Rosh Hashana?
01:18:54
August 30, 2021
Ep. 368: Did the Rebbe Comment on the Crown Heights Riots 30 Years Ago?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Chai Elul What can we learn from this day? Is it significant that the Baal Shem Tov was born on Elul? What was the Baal Shem Tov’s main teachings? Why was there so much opposition to the Baal Shem Tov? Is there a similarity between the Besht’s teaching that all Jews are equal in the eyes of G-d to l’havdil the elimination of class distinctions in socialism? Who was Achiyoh Hashiloni and what connection did he have with being the teacher of the Besht? Why were there groups of hidden tzaddikim? Doesn’t it seem inappropriate to deprive people of their greatness? Are shluchim fulfilling the words of Moshiach to the Besht? Are all Besht legends true? Did the Besht eliminate demons? What’s the story with the Maharal and the Golem, and the Frierdiker Rebbe visiting the shul in Prague to see the Golem’s remains? Lessons from 15 Elul: 124th anniversary of the founding of Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim  What does it mean to be a tamim? Lessons from Ki Tavo Selichos: When we say "Machnisei rachamim, hachnisu rachameinu" whom are we addressing and what are we asking to be done?  Did the Rebbe comment on the Crown Heights riots 30 years ago? Is there a connection between Covid and dibbuk (covid in reverse)? Is flood damage from a big storm or hurricane bad in and of itself, or is the bad due to too much chesed and a lack of gevurah? Follow-up: Why would the Torah allow a husband to abuse his power of withholding a get? Mamzeirim. Chassidus question: Why do we exist?
01:20:35
August 23, 2021
Ep. 367: Why Can Only a Man Initiate a Legal Divorce by Writing and Delivering a Get?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Is Elul a serious time or a time of joy?  Chassidus applied to Ki Teitzei in relation to Elul  How should we deal with adversity?  Why are we so consumed with remembering and erasing Amalek more than any other nation?  Is G-d “violating” the prohibition of withholding payment to a worker by not bringing Moshiach after all our work in golus?   Is there a reason that according to Torah law only a man can initiate a legal divorce by writing and delivering a get?  What is a mamzer and why is he punished for his parent's sins?  What can we learn from the ben sorer u'moreh about the community’s responsibility to  a teenager who goes wayward and rebels? And what can the community do to help the teen to get back on track?  Lessons from 13 Elul  What can we learn from the marriage of the Frierdiker Rebbe on this day?  Can we apply the prohibition to return to Egypt due to its depravity to living in depraved communities in society today?   How would you sum up Moshe’s last instructions and can we compare that to the Rebbe’s last instructions?  Is it possible that Moshiach won’t come in this generation?  What will it take to have G-d answer our prayers to prevent tragedies?  How do I help my son make the right decision about moving away from us?  When Moshiach comes...  Will our daily burdens be eased?  Will it be very hot outside?  Follow up: A Nassi who is not physically present  Chassidus question: Do we really exist or are we just programmed to think we exist? Part 2 
01:18:37
August 16, 2021
Ep. 366: What Can We Do About the Housing Crisis Facing Our Young Couples Today?
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 Rosh Chodesh Elul         o What special power does Elul have?         o How do we to enter the month of Elul? What avodah should we be doing?         o What is the connection of Elul to prayer, and why is prayer the “service of the heart?”         o What can we do differently while praying during Elul than the rest of the year, in order to take advantage of this special month?         o What does it mean in Elul G-d is like a “king in the field”?         o Should we be wearing nice clothes in Elul to greet the “king in the field”?         o What is the meaning of “ani l’dodi v’dodi li,” the acronym of Elul?  • What is the source and meaning that a bride and groom are like a queen and king? Do they actually have greater strengths?  • What can we do about the housing crisis facing our young couples today? Did the Rebbe ever advise newly married couples on the best way to find safe affordable living space?  • Lessons from Shoftim:         o What are some practical applications today of eglah arufa? Does it mean that the community bears responsibility if one of its members is hurt or abused?         o What is the application of the idolatry today? Does it include deifying a “red chair”?         o What stops someone from exploiting the different exemptions from going to war, by, say, planting a small vineyard?  • What lessons can we learn from the recent efforts to build rockets to travel into outer space?  • What is your opinion on those behaving as if the Rebbe is here in a physical body?  • Follow up: Vaccines  • Chassidus question: Do we really exist or are we just programmed to think we exist?  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.
01:10:59
August 9, 2021
Ep. 365: Traveling to Alma Ata: Sentiments About the Rebbe and His Father
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 Re’eh         o How can a “curse” be called a gift?          o What happened at Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal?          o Why are we not allowed to drink blood?         o What is the criteria for an evil idolatrous city to be destroyed?  • How to respond to recent tragedies?  • As I celebrate my 100th birthday, what is one important lesson of Jewish wisdom I can impart to my family to ensure they will have the passion to carry on our Jewish traditions?  • Is it appropriate to induce a spiritual experience through a drum circle?  • How should I deal with my family opposing my choice of being a Chassid?  • As I become more religious I am alienating some of my friends. What should do about that?  • Follow up: Magen Dovid on the Reb Levik’s matzeivah  • Traveling to Alma Ata: Sentiments about the Rebbe and his father  • Chassidus question: Is it significant that there are three weeks of mourning and seven weeks of consolation?  • MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest – 32nd Place winners:         o Essay English: Just Not Feeling It, Chani Herzog, 21, Teacher at Lubavitch Senior Girls school London, England.          o Essay Hebrew (men): ויתעצב אל לבו בהשקפת תורת החסידות, Rav Royi Tor, Beit Sha’an, Israel         o Essay Hebrew (women): הלילה הזה, Mrs. Irit Tzipori, Kiryat Shemona, Israel        o Creative: A Soul; A Flame (short story), Shaina Rochel Goldstein, 19, Student, Beis Chana – Tzfas Seminary. Home town: Brooklyn, NY    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.
01:10:16
August 2, 2021
Ep. 364: How Should We React to Ben and Jerry’s Boycott of Israel?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: What can we learn from the transition from Tisha B’Av into the following days? The journey and dialogue between G-d and the people through the Seven Weeks of Comfort 15th of Av: Why was it a big joyous holiday in the times of the temple, and why is it no longer observed today? Why is it in the month of Av? Tisha B’Av: Why is the focus on the destruction of the Temple and not on the many that were killed? Nacheim: How do we apply some of the words in this prayer to life today? Why do we say in grace after the meals “my father, master of the house” even when we are not in our father’s home? Chassidus applied to Chof Av What is the Rebbe’s fathers’ most famous Torah? Kadesh U’Rechatz Did the Rebbe ever comment about the magen david on his father’s matzeivah? Practical directives Lessons from Parshas Eikev What does “eikev” mean? And which mitzvos fall into this category? How should we react to Ben and Jerry’s boycott of Israel? Jews turning against Jews – is that a sign of Moshiach's coming? Is it advisable to pray in the forest as the Baal Shem Tov did? Follow up and comments: Baseless love Kamtza and Bar Kamtza: Father and son? Chassidus question: How should we categorize the Rebbe’s fathers' contribution to Chassidus? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest – 31st Place winners: Essay English: The Passionate Life – Adding Vitality and Joy into Your Every Day, Sarala Weinstein, Student, MBCM Monsey High. Hometown: Spring Valley, NY Essay Hebrew (men): תכלית וייעוד האדם בעולם, בהשקפת תורת חסידות, Meir Heber, student, Kfar Chabad, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): להיות אשה, Mrs. Penina Geldtzeler, Givat Ayleh, Israel Creative: Inspiration vs. Internal Motivation (video), Pessi Naparstek, 21, Shlichus, Myrtle Beach, SC
01:02:03
July 26, 2021
Ep. 363: Will Unconditional Love Reverse the Damage Done by Baseless Hate?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Tisha B’Av What does it mean that Moshiach is born on this day? Why is this day considered sad if its purpose is to bring a greater elevation? Since the Shechina is also in Golus why doesn’t G-d bring the geulah for His own sake? Who was Kamtza and Bar Kamtza? Will unconditional love reverse the damage done by baseless hate? Why can’t we commission builders to construct the third Beis Hamikdash? Please share an interesting idea about Moshiach How does one deal with the anxiety resulting from the recent tragedies? What can we do when we need G-d to make a miracle for us? What comes next? Lessons from Parshas V’etchanan, Nachamu and the Fifteenth of Av Why did G-d allow Moshe to say 515 prayers to enter Israel when at the end He did not grant his request? What’s the point of Moshe looking at the land? Why were the Ten Commandments given separately from the rest of the 613 commandments? Since you worked together with the iconic Reb Yoel Kahn a”h, can you please share some thoughts about him upon his sad passing? Chassidus question: What is the psycho/spiritual application of the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av -- Part 2 Follow up: Protection during the Nine Days MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest – 30th Place winners: Essay English: How Can I Feel Connected to Hashem at all Times? Yosef Yitzchak Bank, 23, Student, Mayanot Men, hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa Essay Hebrew (men): בודדים ביחד, Giya Kaufman, student, Givatayim, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): קער א וועלט היינט, Ani Lorber, Kfar Chabad, Israel Creative: A Magical Meeting with the Master of the Good Name (short story), Sylvia (Sarah Esther) Tillman, 60, Self-employed Optometrist, hometown: Encinitas, CA
01:14:21
July 19, 2021
Ep. 362: What can You Say to the Families Grieving the Losses of their Loved Ones in Surfside?
THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: What can you say to the families grieving the losses of their loved ones in the Surfside collapse? Chassidus applied to the Nine Days What lessons does this time period have for us? Why do we refer to this month as Menachem Av? Is there significance that the only death in the Torah where it notes the exact time and place is that of Aaron on Rosh Chodesh Av? What can we learn from the Arizal’s yahrzeit being on the 5th of Av? Do we have to only focus on the negative during these sad days? What can we do prevent negative things from happening during these days? Should we keep a mezuzah in our cars? Is someone born during the nine days prohibited from making a birthday party? Lessons from Parshas Devarim and Shabbos Chazon Why is there the fifth book of Mishne Torah – why the need to repeat what was said earlier? Is Moshe’s final address to the nation similar to the Rebbe's “do all that you can” 28th of Nissan address? Who wrote the five books of Chumash? If Moses wrote it, how can we explain the parts where it talks about Moses' death? What should I do with my angry feelings toward G-d for allowing such tragedy? Chassidus question: Why are they exactly nine days?
01:05:35
July 12, 2021
Ep. 361: What Can Chassidus Teach Us About July 4th and Independence?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to the Three Weeks What lessons does this time period have for us? Why is it called “Bein HaMitzorim”? Is there a connection between the ripening of almonds in 21 days and the Three Weeks? Surfisde: How can we still hold on to hope ten days since the Surfside collapse? What should I do with my angry feelings toward G-d for allowing such tragedy? What should we be doing today about events around us? Lessons from Matos Massei Why can’t women annul their own vows? Why weren’t the tribes of Reuven and Gad punished for refusing to enter Israel? How did the cities of refuge work? Why was Moshe’s Moabite wife different than the other Moabite women? What can Chassidus teach us about July 4th and Independence? Whom should we be voting for in the NY Mayoral election? Comments and Follow-up: Covid vaccination Chassidus question: If G-d recreates existence every moment, what happens on Shabbos when G-d “rests” from creation? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest – 29th Place winners: Essay English: Accept or Expect? Can We Do Both? Mushka Feldman, 19, Shlucha, Machon Alte Seminary. Hometown:  Brooklyn, NY Essay Hebrew (men): הכל טוב, Yedidyah Aliasi, student, Jerusalem, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): מלחמת האדם ביצרו וכיצד להתמודד עם הנסיונות- מתוך מודעות עצמית וחשיבה חיובית, Mayirah Siman Tov, educator, Tzfat, Israel Creative: Look Up When Down (drawing & poem), Rochele Rodal, 16, Student, Torah Academy Girls High School, Johannesburg, South Africa
01:09:46
July 5, 2021
Ep. 360: How Should We React to the Catastrophic Building Collapse in South Florida?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: How should we react to the catastrophic building collapse in South Florida? With the recent structural disasters in Meron (in Iyar), Stolin (in Sivan) and now in Surfside (in Tammuz), what are we to think? Chassidus applied to 17 Tammuz What is the significance of this day? Why do we still fast for an event that happened 2,000 years ago, but we don’t have a fast day for the holocaust that was less than a hundred years ago? What can we learn from the breaching of the Jerusalem walls? Lessons from Pinchas Does Pinchas killing Zimri without due process leave room for antinomianism? Why is Pinchas rewarded for zealotry? Isn’t that setting a precedent for inspiring zealots to commit crimes? Why were there no laws in the Torah protecting women and their rights to inheritance until the daughters of Tzelaphchad spoke up and complained? Why were the daughters of Tzelaphchad not punished for complaining? Complaining to G-d Why was G-d so harsh with us when we complained in the wilderness? Is there an appropriate way of complaining to G-d? Is there anything wrong with obfuscating the fact I'm Jewish when going out in public, especially with the rise of anti-Semitism? Follow-up: Sin of the scouts Chassidus question: What is the concept of taanug according to Chassidus? Part 2 MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 28th Place winners: Essay English: Loneliness, Chaya Mushka Stern, 25, Hebrew Teacher, Brooklyn, NY Essay Hebrew (men): לחיות חיים מאושרים מהדרכת ספר התניא, Itamar Yankovitch, student, Jerusalem, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): שטות כדרך חיים, Chanie Lieberman, educator, Ashkelon, Israel Creative: We’re In This Together (photography & poetry), Rivka Plotkin20, Student, Beis Chana – Tzfas Seminary. Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
01:13:46
June 28, 2021
Ep. 359: Would the Rebbe Be Happy With Weddings Being Made Outside of Crown Heights?
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 Beis Tammuz – 94 years         o What is the significance of this day?         o How can it empower us in facing our current challenges?  • 40th Siyum HaRambam: What is its connection with the Rebbe and Geulah?  • Why was Moshe punished for striking the rock?  • What can camp counselors learn from Moshe not speaking to the rock?   • Lessons from Balak         o Why is the parsha named after a wicked king?         o Did the donkey actually speak?        o Why did such great blessings come specifically from Balaam?        o Why is Balaam considered a villain? -        o Why were intelligent people drawn to idolatry?         o How could anyone in their right mind worship human waste (baal pe’or)?  • Should we be celebrating or dismissing the establishment of Juneteenth as a national holiday?  • Is the appointment of an observant Jew as Prime Minister of Israel a sign of Moshiach’s coming?  • Would the Rebbe be happy with weddings being made outside of Crown Heights?  • Chassidus question: What is the concept of taanug according to Chassidus?  • MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 27th Place winners:         o Essay English: Tapping into our True Selves, Mushky Ezagui, 23, Bnos Chabad of Monsey. Hometown: Montreal, Canada         o Essay Hebrew (men): ההתמודדות הנכונה מול הסביבה, Eliyahu Darim, Beitar Elit, Israel         o Essay Hebrew (women): !?מדוע יש כל כך הרבה רע בעולם, Mushka Trebnik, Student, Kfar Chabad, Israel         o Creative: Let’s Take it Easy? (poetry), Shalom Lipovenko, 25, Fashion Designer, Toronto, Ontario 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.0
01:15:53
June 21, 2021
Ep. 358: Gimmel Tammuz – 27 Years: What Is the Significance of This Day? How Could This Happen if a Shepherd Never Forsakes His Flock?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Gimmel Tammuz – 27 years  What is the significance of this day?  How could this event happen if a shepherd never forsakes his flock?  Are there people who believe that nothing happened?  What was the Rebbe’s last major teaching?  Why is this year’s Gimmel Tammuz any different from the past 26 Gimmel Tammuzes?   Did the Rebbe leave a will?  What happened to the Rebbe’s property after Gimmel Tammuz?  What was the Rebbe’s condition between Chof Zayin Adar and Gimmel Tammuz?  Who decided to take the Rebbe to the hospital after the second stroke?  Did the Rebbe make any public statements alluding that Gimmel Tammuz would happen, and what he wanted us to do afterward? Was it alluded to in the 28 Nissan sicha?  Is Yechi HaMelech a salute people give to a leader during his last stages of life?  Why don’t we designate this day as a fast day to exhibit our sadness?  Why wasn’t an 8th Rebbe appointed?  Lessons from Chukas  What is its connection to Gimmel Tammuz?  Why was it a sin for Moshe to hit the rock?  What is the significance of the copper snakes Moshe created to bring healing?  Chassidus question: How does the red heifer heal from death?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 26th Place winners:  Essay English: Loving the World Like We Love Ourselves, Shoshana Gottlieb, 25, Kings Cross Clinic, Receptionist, Sydney, Australia  Essay Hebrew (men): עצם הנשמה בחיים שלנו, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Student, Nes Tzionah, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): שכל, רגש ומה שבינהם, Riki Lerner, Student, Kfar Chabad, Israel  Creative: Light: The Series (painting), Rivka Einav, 27, Pittsburgh, PA 
01:14:05
June 14, 2021
Ep. 357: 28 Sivan – 80 Years: What Is the Significance of This Day?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to 28 Sivan – 80 years  What is the significance of this day?  How did the Rebbe mark this day 30 years ago?  Lessons from Korach  Why do we need a Rebbe?  What was the response to Korach’s argument?  Can we learn anything from this story about nepotism?  How do we understand the story of Aaron’s rod sprouting almonds?  What should be our attitude to the new coalition government in Israel?  Is it appropriate to laugh, as Rabbi Akiva did, after witnessing a tragedy?  If we cry when a tragedy happens, does it reflect a lack of faith in G-d?  When Moshiach comes...  Doesn’t the Rambam say that we shouldn't delve into the details about Moshiach?  What’s the difference between the footsteps of Moshiach and the birthpangs of Moshiach?  What can I do about my very devout nanny speaking to my children about her religious beliefs?  Why are Jews considered to be the most intelligent demographic?  Chassidus question: What does it mean that Mattan Torah didn’t happen in the lower hemisphere?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 25th Place winners:  Essay English: Purposeful Living, Aharon Zev Moshel, 19, Student, Kfar Chabad. Hometown: Melbourne, Australia  Essay Hebrew (men): ואהבת לרעך כמוך: ערך עצמי למול ערך הזולת, Yosef Rubenfeld, Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): איך נתמודד עם מחשבות לא חיוביות, Mrs. Riki Gluckowsky, Educator, Rechovot, Israel  Creative: Diving Through Dimensions (lesson plan), Mushka Heidingsfeld, 18, Student, Ohel Chana High School LA. Hometown: S. Monica, CA 
01:15:19
June 7, 2021
Ep. 356: With the Rise of Anti-Semitic Acts Is It Time to Start Fighting Back?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Shelach Why did G-d tell Moshe to send the scouts of his own volition? What did the scouts do wrong? Why did they bring back large grapes? Why was the one who carried wood on Shabbos put to death? How do tzitzis remind us of the mitzvos? What can we do to increase unity and love? Now that cities are opening up, can we say that it is a sign of the imminent geulah? With the rise of anti-Semitic acts is it time to start fighting back? When Moshiach comes... Will he be an actual human being? Can Moshiach be a woman? Will our divine service be more similar to the Temple periods in Jewish history or shul services today? Will 770 be transported to Israel? Comments and follow-up: What were the colors and images of the tribes’ flags? 12 Sivan One state solution Chassidus question: Can a neshomo be in two places at once? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 24th Place winners: Essay English: Elevated Sleep, Rena Pinson, 19, Student, Beis Chana - Tzfas Seminary. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Essay Hebrew (men): אהבת ישראל -  אינטראקציה אנושית בהשקפה חסידית, Eliyahu Lichshtein, Student, Tel Aviv, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): מוח שליט על הלב - כהצעה לטיפול בהתמכרות, Mrs. Nechama Dina Kozlofsky, Kfar Chabad, Israel Creative: Every Jew is a Diamond that Needs to be Refined (sketchbook), David Naccache, 25, La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, France
01:07:03
May 31, 2021
Ep. 355: Should We Have Ahavas Yisroel to Jews Who Incite Against Other Jews?
Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:   Chassidus applied to 12 Sivan  What is the significance of this day?  How has Sinai impacted the world?  Chassidus applied to Behaalotcho  Why is it so critical to ensure that the “flame rises on its own”?  Do the seven types of souls of the menorah correspond to different demographic groups?    Israel under attack and the cease fire  What should our attitude be?  What can we do to help the situation?  Is there hope for a peaceful future?  Is there anything we can do to show the Arabs that we want peace?  In an ideal world, what would happen to the Palestinians currently living in Israel?  Are there any verses in Torah where the prophets describe the miracles we are seeing?  Rise of anti-Semitic acts  Should we remove mezuzos to avoid being targeted by anti-Semitic mobs?  Should we have Ahavas Yisroel to Jews who incite against other Jews?  When Moshiach comes...  Will we have to wait for the priests to be trained?  Will service in the beis hamikdosh commence right away?  Could Moshiach be here now and we don't know?  Will he be a kohen?  Chassidus question: What is the difference between the nefesh elokis vs yetzer tov and nefesh habehamis vs yetzer hara?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 23rd Place winners:  Essay English: You Are Stronger Than You Think, Aliza Leiner, 26, London,UK     Essay Hebrew (men): מידת הכעס, Levi Alishevitz, Student, Kiryat Gat, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): להאמין בעצמנו ולגלות את הכוחות הטמונים בנו, Chana Veinfeld, Student, Eilat, Israel  Creative: Creative: Gray World (lyrics), Chaya Solika Garbose, 20, Machon Alte Seminary. Hometown: London, UK 
01:15:22
May 24, 2021
Ep. 354: If the “World Is Ready For Moshiach” Why Are We Still Suffering Tragedy After Tragedy? What Does G-d Want of Us?
Topics: Tragedy in Miron If the “world is ready for Moshiach” (as the Rebbe said), why are we still suffering tragedy after tragedy? What does G-d want of us? What is bitachon in face of tragedy? How can this bring us to grow in our love, unity, and acceptance of each other? What can we learn from the difference approaches of Moshe and Aaron to the deaths of Nadav and Avihu? Apology for suggesting that the victims were to blame The Talmud about someone being crushed in the Temple Please comment on other speakers addressing the tragedy Is it right to blame anyone for the tragedy? Is there any validity to the Zohar going around about 45 people dying in connection with Lag B’Omer? Students of Rabbi Akiva Why should lack of respect be a cause for death? Can we compare other disagreements between students, for example those of the Maggid’s students, to the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva? Chassidus applied to Bamidbar Do we have an image of the tribes’ flags? Is a census a good thing or not? Chassidus applied to Shavuos What can we learn from this Shavuos being 3333 years since Mattan Torah? When Moshiach comes... Will there be an official announcement? Will we still have a mitzvah to believe in Hashem? Will there be a scoreboard and will those who did mitzvos to make him come get rewarded? Comments and Follow-up: Moshiach’s response to the Baal Shem Tov Tzedaka box near your bed Chassidus question: How do we understand the critique in Iggeres HaKodesh 11 of those who have trouble facing tragedy? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 22nd Place winners: Essay English: Peeling Away the Mask: The Chassidic Guide to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Mallory Rosten, 23, Student, Mayanot Woman, Alpharetta, GA Essay Hebrew (men): החירות האמיתית: הדרך למימוש הפוטנציאל הטמון בך, Menachem Mendel Sudakevitch, Student, Kfar Chabad, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): יתן, ויתנו אחרים- חסיד, Michal Turnheim, Student, Beitar Illit, Israel Creative: Yud Shevat (sketchbook), Mushka Cyprys, 22, Teacher, Lubavitch London, UK Skip directly to a topic by viewing the episode timestamps in YouTube. 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