MyLife: Chassidus Applied

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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Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to ChanukahWhy do the Chanukah lights endure, while the Temple Menorah did not? Why do we light eight candles, at night, facing outside, unlike the Temple Menorah? What does Chanukah teach us today? What is the connection with us being lamplighters and Chanukah? Is the oil of Chanukah related to Chassidus? Why do we celebrate the zealotry of the Maccabees? Is there anything wrong with giving Chanukah presents? Is religion stopping frum Jews from contributing to society (a modern Hellenist claim)? Lessons from MiketzWhy did Joseph have to torment his brothers with an elaborate scheme and not just reunite with them and his father? Can Pharaoh’s dreams about the seven cows and seven stalks of wheat be interpreted to relate to the seven generations of Chabad and the subsequent time after Gimmel Tammuz? Why did Joseph have to suffer so? Should yichus matter when it comes to shidduchim? Do I need to donate to every crowdfunding campaign? Sholom BayisHow can I learn to respect my husband? What should I do when I am feeling annoyed at my spouse’s behavior? When to let go and when to address an issue that bothers me in my marriage? How do I deal with a spouse who has lost her faith? Chassidus question: Please elaborate on the idea that each Rebbe added understanding to Chassidus corresponding to the sefiros: chochma, bina, daas etc.

Nov 29

1 hr 20 min

Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Yud Tes Kislev  What is the most important lesson we can learn from the Alter Rebbe’s imprisonment and redemption in our daily lives?  Since Chassidus empowers and heals our souls, why was it not given earlier?  How could have heavenly angels mistakenly opposed the revelation of Chassidus?  How was the Alter Rebbe’s spreading of Chassidus different than that of his predecessors?   Why did other Jewish communities see the Alter Rebbe’s work as an existential threat to Judaism? And did they ever apologize to him afterward?   How do we explain Reb Shmuel Munkes’ words to the Alter Rebbe before he was arrested “if you’re a Rebbe no harm will come to you:” 1) Didn’t the Alter Rebbe know this on his own? 2) We see that true tzaddikim were harmed throughout history?  What is the comparison of Yud Tes Kislev to Yetziyas Mitzrayim?   Is their significance in Yud Tes Kislev leading right into Chanukah?  What was the significance of printing the Tanya in countries all over the world?   Lessons from Vayeishev  Did Yosef get what he deserved because he taunted his brothers?   Why was Yosef given more attention than Reuven, the firstborn?    How are we to understand the bizarre story of Tamar and Yehuda’s seemingly self-serving behavior?  Why was Onan required to enter into a levirate marriage if the Torah, and why did he die?  Are we allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving?  What do we learn from the story of the man who posed as a Jew and married a Jewish woman?  How should we react to the recent scandal about an author of Jewish children’s books?  Chassidus question: If we have two souls, why do we identify with only one of them as being our true identity? 

Nov 22

1 hr 8 min

Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Yud Kislev  What is the significance of this day and what can we learn from it?  How is the geulah of the Mitteler Rebbe different than that of the Alter Rebbe?  Lessons from Vayishlach  How does the theme of this parsha play itself out in history, and especially in our lives today?  What do we learn from Yaakov’s confrontation with Esau?  Why did Yaakov prepare for war with Esau and not trust that G-d would protect him?  If Yaakov kept all 613 commandments, how could he marry two sisters, which is clearly against Torah law?    What is the significance of Yaakov’s name being changed to Yisrael? Why didn't his parents give him that name?   If a child’s name is determined by parents who have a mini-prophecy, why does G-d sometimes change a name?   Why did the angel wrestle with Yaakov and injure his hip?  Can it be said that Reuven is worse than Esau?   Was Dinah in any way at fault for what happened to her?  What do we know about the enigmatic Dinah?  Why is it that so many important stories are omitted from the Written Torah while other seemingly minor stories are mentioned explicitly in detail?  Why are there almost no details about Abraham’s early life in the Torah?  In general, how does the Torah decide which details to include in every narrative?  What should we do about an abusive educator?  Chassidus question: What does Tanya mean that our Torah / Tefilah reaches a certain world/reality and that different parts of Torah stem from different worlds? What does that practically mean for us? 

Nov 17

1 hr 12 min

Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Tes Kislev  What was the unique contribution of the Mitteler Rebbe and what can we learn from it?   Where can I find more of your approach on applying the Torah to our personal lives?  Lessons from Vayeitzei  How do we apply Jacob’s journey to our personal lives?  Why were the matriarchs barren?  What is the significance of dreams?  Why was Jacob’s marriage to Leah valid when it was a result of deception?  Why do some people say Yankov and not Yaakov?  Was it disrespectful for Yaakov to sleep on the holy ground that would house the Holy Temple?  Who were Bilha and Zilpa?  Should we support the new Mayor-elect Eric Adams?   Toldos follow-up:  Why was Yitzchak’s prayer for children accepted and not Rivkah’s?  What right did Esau have to be angry at Yaakov?  What should I do about my husband who no longer finds me appealing?  How to navigate a difficult marriage?  Chassidus question: Since gevuros will be higher than chasodim after Moshiach comes, should we be focusing today more on gevurah than on chesed?

Nov 14

1 hr 9 min

Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Rosh Chodesh Kislev  What is the significance of this day and can we learn from it?  What is the theme and energy of Kislev?  How to grow through setbacks?  What was the origin of the Kinus Hashluchim?   Lessons from Toldos  What can couples experiencing difficulties having children learn from Yitzchak and Rivkah?   What do we learn from the battle of Esau and Yaakov in Rivkah’s womb?  Why did Yaakov have to dress up as Esau in order to steal the blessings?  What justification is there for Yaakov to steal Esau’s blessings?  Why did only Rivkah, and not Yitzchak understand the status of Esau?  Why couldn’t Yitzchak correct himself and bless Esau with the brochos he mistakenly gave Yaakov?  Why was Yitzchak not spared the pain of seeing Esau become a wicked person as Abraham was by having him pass away earlier?  What was the yeshiva of Shem and Eiver?  Ways to find a shidduch – follow-up  Comments: The importance of asking questions  Women in the Torah  Why does the Torah rarely mention the girls in the families?  How should I respond to someone who criticizes the Torah for being a patriarchal system that keeps men in power?   Why don’t women wear a yarmulke?  Chassidus question: Based on the rule that the highest levels fall to the lowest ones, 1) why did Rivkah and Yaakov give up on Esau and not let him receive the blessings in the hope he would do teshuva? 2) Does this rule apply to the monsters in history as well, like Stalin? 

Nov 1

1 hr 18 min

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 

Oct 25

1 hr 8 min

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? 

Oct 18

1 hr 11 min

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?

Oct 11

1 hr 3 min

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?

Oct 4

1 hr 13 min

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?

Oct 4

1 hr 9 min

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?

Sep 13

1 hr 14 min

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?

Sep 10

1 hr 5 min

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?

Aug 30

1 hr 18 min

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?

Aug 23

1 hr 20 min

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 

Aug 16

1 hr 18 min

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.

Aug 9

1 hr 10 min

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.

Aug 2

1 hr 10 min

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

Jul 26

1 hr 2 min

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

Jul 19

1 hr 14 min

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?

Jul 12

1 hr 5 min

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

Jul 5

1 hr 9 min

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

Jun 28

1 hr 13 min

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

Jun 21

1 hr 15 min

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 

Jun 14

1 hr 14 min

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 

Jun 7

1 hr 15 min

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

May 31

1 hr 7 min

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 

May 24

1 hr 15 min

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 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 a community-supported project, requiring hours of research and preparation each week. Please donate or sponsor an episode, to help us continue and expand this important work. Go here and here for our special section of programs and resources addressing these trying and unprecedented times

May 10

1 hr 18 min

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: • Tragedy in Miron        o How do we even begin to address the horrific events in Miron on Lag B’Omer?!         o Can we correlate this with the death of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students?         o Is it appropriate to blame victims for their demise?  • Why do we have a period of mourning for Rabbi Akiva's students, but not even one day of mourning for the six million victims of the holocaust? • Chassidus applied to Behar-Bechukosei        o What is the significance of the yovel year?        o Why are there curses in the Torah?  • Why does the Torah discriminate against handicapped people?  • Chassidus question: How do we reconcile G-d running every aspect of the world and we having the power to create reality above?   • MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 21st Place winners:        o Essay English: Music, Bitachon, and Mental Health, Yael Kane, 27, Bnos Chomesh Academy, Music Teacher, New York          o Essay Hebrew (men): מאמר מאין ליש, Yisef Alperowitz, Student, Kfar Chabad, Israel        o Essay Hebrew (women): שליחות משמעותית, Dr. Durit Adina, Kiryat Shmuel (Haifa), Israel        o Creative: Conquering Pleasures (video), Mendel Cyrulnik, 14, Student, Melbourne YC, Australia  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

May 3

1 hr 6 min

Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Lessons from 13 Iyar: 69th yahrzeit of R’ Yisroel Aryeh Leib a”h  Did the Rebbe start the BT effort as a tikkun for his brother?  What do we know about the Rebbe’s brother?  What can we learn from the Rebbe’s brother about dealing with setbacks and descents in life? Reviewing the Rebbe’s words when he stood up from shiva after R’ Yisroel Aryeh Leib’s passing  Chassidus applied to Pesach Sheni  It’s never too late  Chassidus applied to Lag B’Omer:  What do we learn from the 24,000 students that did not respect one another?  What was unique about Rashbi?  Uniting the inner and outer of Torah and Jews  Lessons from Emor:  What was the purpose of the lechem hapanim?  Why is cursing G-d such a grave sin?  How do we explain the second half of Moshiach’s reply to the Baal Shem Tov: “when others will be able to perform mystical unifications”?  When Moshiach comes...  Will there be crime; will evil be eradicated from the world, and what challenges will we have?  What will be of Shlichus?   When everyone will do Teshuvah, then what will be our role?  Will there still be free will?  Regarding the guilty verdict of Officer Chauvin:  What is the Torah view on an official who unjustly abuse his authority?  How do we distinguish between the morality and the politics of this and other issues?  Comments and Follow-up:   Enough talk about politics  How do we know that the Rashbi wrote the Zohar?  Chassidus question: What is the connection between Lag B'Omer and hod she'be'hod?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 20th Place winners:  Essay English: Marriage Demystified by the Mystics, Sara Soble, 34, Mommy, Relationship Coach, Brooklyn, NY   Essay Hebrew (men): סיכום עניין השמחה בעבודת ה' עפ"י חסידות תניא פרק כ"ו, Aaron Noach Freiman, Student, Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): כאן ועכשיו, Simcha Kushvili, Educator, Lod, Israel  Creative: Yeshut! The Original People Repellent (sketch), Esther Rosen, 39, Mother, Brooklyn, NY 

Apr 26

1 hr 7 min

Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Acharei-Kedoshim How to balance healthy tension and resolution? What does it mean to sanctify your life? What lessons do we learn from the 3 meanings in the word Sefirah 28 Nissan – 30 years: Moshiach Why is there no campaign to improve our midos? What should we study in particular? A practical suggestion When Moshiach comes... How do we balance actively waiting for Moshiach while responsibly living our daily lives? Do we bring Moshiach by doing mitzvot or do we wait for Moshiach and do mitzvot? How will we get to Israel? What is the Rebbe’s view on the State of Israel? What should we do about Israel’s new conversion law accepting conservative and reform conversions? Chassidus question:  Why do the 248 positive mitzvos correspond to the 248 limbs? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 19th Place winners: Essay English: But Why? Tzivia Greenbaum, 19, Student, Beis Chana – Tzfas Seminary. Hometown: Hampton East, Australia Essay Hebrew (men): אהבת ישראל, Drori Galili, Shadrot, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): הגשמה עצמית, Chaya Mushka Lipskar, Jerusalem, Israel Creative: Your Gashes Will Gild Me (poetry), Aidel Cohen, 26, Tzivos Hashem, Brooklyn, NY

Apr 19

1 hr

Topics: Chassidus applied to Chof Ches Nissan – 30 Years What did the Rebbe mean with the words “do all you can”? If the Rebbe couldn’t get it done, how can we? Why Moshiach now more than ever? Why do we need Moshiach? Does 28 Nissan demonstrate a failed effort? Are we still in the 7th generation? What does it mean that Moshiach will certainly come by the year 6000? What else can we do to bring Moshiach? What does increase in acts of goodness and kindness mean in practical terms? Out of all the things we can do to bring Moshiach, what is the most pressing of them? Is there a new energy in the air among us to bring Moshiach? Can we trick G-d into sending Moshiach? When Moshiach comes... Will everyone know it immediately? Will we have time to pack our bags? Moshiach lessons from Beis Iyar and Tazria-Metzora L’chatchila ariber Birthing of the permanent geulah Transforming the leper into redemption 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 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 a community-supported project, requiring hours of research and preparation each week. Please donate or sponsor an episode, to help us continue and expand this important work. Go here and here for our special section of programs and resources addressing these trying and unprecedented times

Apr 12

1 hr 12 min

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 11 Nissan        o What is the significance of and how do we celebrate the day?        o When did the custom begin to compose a new song in honor of Yud Alef Nissan, and how were the songs chosen?        o Based on the Rebbe’s explanation why we honor the yahrzeit of Moshe on 7 Adar and not his birthday, why do we celebrate 11 Nissan?  • 13 Nissan: 155th yahrzeit of the Tzemech Tzedek        o The role of the Tzemech Tzedek: Daas        o Unity will lead us to the Geulah  • Tzav and Shabbos HaGadol        o Was there a celebration when the sanctuary was erected and dedicated?        o How did a few kohanim serve so many people; did they ordain new kohanim?        o What is the significance of requiring the fire on the altar to constantly burn?  • Lessons from Pesach in our lives today        o What are some practical examples of how we can experience Pesach transcendence in our daily lives to grow both physically and spiritually?        o What is your favorite Pesach maamar?        o Did 80% of the Jews die in Egypt? And how will it be in the coming redemption?        o How do you explain the Frierdker Rebbe’s seemingly harsh words that just as some Jews remained in Egypt the same will be in the final redemption?        o If Jews are inherently good, how do you explain the Jews who were, for example, architects of Stalin’s gulags, kapos or part of the yevsektziya?  • Chassidus question: How do we reconcile a seeming contradiction whether the parting of the sea is the level of kabolas ol or a higher level? 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

Mar 22

1 hr 8 min

Topics: Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus applied to Rosh Chodesh Nissan, 2 Nissan and Vayikra Does the Torah say that Moshiach will come during the month of Nissan? 2 Nissan What is the story with the Rebbe Rashab visiting an art museum? Can you give us a synopsis of your favorite maamar of the Rebbe Rashab? Vayikra How do we offer gratitude today when we can’t bring a thanksgiving offering? Why does G-d enjoy the scent of animal sacrifices? Why is it a sin for Jews to refrain from bearing witness about G-d to the world? What was the “tent of meeting” and what is its role today? 27 Adar Why did G-d not abide by the rabbinic ruling after 27 Adar? Why did 27 Adar happen in a month of joy? Did the Rebbe ever speak out against Pesach food price gouging? Follow-up (episode 346): Shattering the tablets How do we understand Hashems “threat” of obliterating the Jewish people? Chassidus question: Will there be prayers after the Temple is rebuilt? MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 18th Place winners: Essay English: STOP THE TRAIN!!! Chani Segelman, 19, Shlucha, Machon Alte Seminary, Los Angeles, CA Essay Hebrew (men): דיסוננס קוגנטיבי, Avrohom Friedman, Student, Beitar Illit, Israel Essay Hebrew (women): מחיצה דקה - האם רק בין קרירות לכפירה, Chaya Sarah Erentrau, Jerusalem, Israel Creative: Creation as an Act of Love (mixed media with text and visual), Ella Hadar, 16, Student, Torah Academy, Johannesburg, South Africa Go here and here for our special section of programs and resources addressing these trying and unprecedented times 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.

Mar 15

1 hr 9 min

Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Chassidus applied to Vayakhel-Pekudei, Hachodesh and Nissan          o What is golus and geulah in our personal lives, and how do we turn displacement into redemption?         o What was Betzalel’s role as builder of the Sanctuary?         o How can lowly materials become a Divine Mishkan? What is their significance?  • Lessons from 25 Adar – 120th birthday of the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka         o What is the connection to the birthday of the universe?         o What do we learn from a birthday?  • What do we learn from 27 Adar?         o What was the last teaching of the Rebbe before the stroke?         o The power of unity         o Redeeming the Rebbe’s speech by becoming the Rebbe’s mouthpiece   • Covid and joy        o How are we to fulfill our role as Shluchim in the age of Covid limitations?         o How can we bring the joy of Shabbos back into our homes during these times of lockdown?          o Please explain the concept simcha poretz geder. Specifically: how can we force ourselves to be joyous during the current pandemic?  • Why did Tanya not prevent the epidemic?   • Is it possible that G-d has not yet sent Moshiach because He is deriving too much pleasure from all that we are doing to fulfill His will?  • Comments and Follow-up:         o Tanya applied         o Abuse         o Acknowledgements  • Chassidus question: Why should I care about what's happening “up there”; why should I learn about seder hishtalshilus?  • MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 17th Place winners:         o Essay English: A Journey from Fear and Suffering to Control and Serenity, Countess Rivka Elkaim, 68, Bal Harbour, FL. Age 68         o Essay Hebrew (men): שטות דקדושה, Levi Bar, Student, Kfar Chabad, Israel         o Essay Hebrew (women): עידן הקורונה - בוא נצא מהבידוד, Mushka Malka Dekel, Student, Beis Chana Seminary, Tzfas, Israel         o Creative: Tefillah to the Heavens (painting), Tanni Cohen, 15, Student, Torah Academy – Johannesburg, South Africa 

Mar 8

1 hr 10 min

Addressing the Personal and Emotional Needs of Our Community and Answering the Most Pressing Questions of Our Lives -- from the Perspective of Chassidic Thought. THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: • Chassidus applied to Ki Tissa and Parah         o How do I deal with a serious setback? With loss, trauma, death and other hardships?         o What fundamentals can we learn from this week’s Parsha based on the sicha of Ki Tissa 5752?         o What relevant lessons does the red heifer have for us today?         o If the people who saw the miracles of the exodus and the revelations at Sinai could still sin and make a golden calf, what chance do we have to not steer away from sin?         o What are the 13 attributes of mercy, and how can we use them in our daily lives?         o Why did Moshe break the tablets?         o Why was it necessary to create a second set of tablets?         o What exactly was the sin of the golden calf, why is idolatry such a severe sin and why would G-d be “jealous” of false gods?         o Can we correlate Moses’ mask and the Covid masks we are wearing today?  • Lessons from Purim         o What happened after the Purim story in the Megillah?          o Why is the entire Megillah written in Hebrew and not in Persian?         o Are kohanim allowed to drink excessively on Purim?           o What is the importance of giving the half shekel?         o Did the Rebbe ever publicly say a “Purim Torah”?         o Why could Esther commit adultery in order to save the Jews, but Mordechai was not allowed to bow to Haman?  • Follow-up:         o Mars landing         o Bitachon  • Chassidus question: How do you explain the Hayom Yom of Shushan Purim Katan that the stones benefit from the words of Torah we speak while we tread on them?  • MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 16th Place winners:         o Essay English: First, Love Yourself, Sara Friedman, 18, Student, Yeshiva Schools Pittsburgh, PA        o Essay Hebrew (men): שמחה - אתגר החיים, Simcha Bunem Feldman, Educator, Beis Shemesh, Israel         o Essay Hebrew (women): מצבי רוח במשנת הרבי, Esther Meizlish, Educator, Kfar Chabad, Israel         o Creative: What is Within (3D model), Naomi Deitsch, 17, Student, Beis Chana, Orange, CT, New Haven, CT 

Mar 7

1 hr 8 min

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.

Feb 22

1 hr 14 min

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.

Feb 15

1 hr 20 min

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

Feb 8

1 hr 15 min

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

Feb 1

1 hr 19 min

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 

Jan 25

1 hr 4 min

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 

Jan 11

1 hr 6 min

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.

Jan 4

1 hr

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

Dec 2020

1 hr 1 min

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 

Dec 2020

1 hr 11 min

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.

Dec 2020

1 hr 14 min

• 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

Dec 2020

1 hr 17 min

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

Nov 2020

1 hr 15 min

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

Nov 2020

1 hr 11 min

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

Nov 2020

1 hr 14 min