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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

MyLife: Chassidus Applied 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

    Ep. 371: Is It Acceptable to Ask Forgiveness via Social Media & Other Intriguing Yom Kippur Questions

    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?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep. 370: What Can We Learn From the Heavy Rains That Fell as We Prepare For Rosh Hashana?

    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?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 369: Is the Return of Taliban Control a Sign of Evil Making One Last Stand Before Moshiach?

    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?

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep. 368: Did the Rebbe Comment on the Crown Heights Riots 30 Years Ago?

    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?

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep. 367: Why Can Only a Man Initiate a Legal Divorce by Writing and Delivering a Get?

    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 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep. 366: What Can We Do About the Housing Crisis Facing Our Young Couples Today?

    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.



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    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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