What is the Meaning and Relevance of Yud Shvat Today? How Do We Really Know That We Have a Purpose? Are Yoga and Chassidus Compatible? I Know What Chassidus Teaches About Positivity but It Doesn’t Actually Help Me!
MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 149, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson
In memory of: לעילוי נשמת הוו"ח הת' ר' שמואל דוב ב"ר יחיאל מאיר הכהן ע"ה מארמולשטיין נלב"ע ליל ש"ק י"א שבט ה'תשע"ה
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Tonight marks the 67th yahrzeit of the Frierdiker Rebbe and the start of the 67th year of the Rebbe’s nesius. What should our focus be on this Yud Shevat? What is the meaning and relevance of Yud Shevat to our personal lives? What particular lessons can we derive from this year’s chapter 7 of Basi L’Gani?
Often times, knowing what Chassidus teaches about getting through life’s monotonies doesn’t translate into a practical change. How can one make that leap – from knowing to doing? What’s the secret to ensuring that the truths of Chassidus generate real shifts in our lives?
Much of the focus and inner peace yoga practices seems to be very compatible with Chassidic ideas. Is there a kosher way of fusing the two? If Yoga possibly has its roots in idol worship, is there a way to elevate it?
In honor of Yud Shvat, Rabbi Jacobson will review Chapter 7 of Basi Legani, this year’s corresponding chapter in the fourth cycle of studying the Frierdiker Rebbe’s last published 20-chapter maamar, and apply it to our current challenges.
Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in the last MyLife: Chassidus Applied essay contest: “Conquering Anger: A 5 Step Plan” by D Kaye; “Free Choice, Divinely Assisted” by Yehudis Fishman; and “The Transformative Powers of the Chassidic Niggun” by Nikki Richard. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/essays.
And finally, the Chassidus question of the week: Part IV of the extraordinary series: Understanding the role and implications of Reshimu.
This hour-long dose of insights is meant to inform, inspire and empower us by applying the teachings of Chassidus to help us face practical and emotional challenges and difficulties in our personal lives and relationships. To have your question addressed, please submit it at meaningfullife.com/mylife.
The topics in this Sunday's hour-long broadcast will include:
· Chassidus Applied to Yud Shvat and Chapter 7 of Basi Legani
· Lessons from Tu B’Shvat
· How can I infuse life into my life?
· Is there a kosher way to incorporate yoga into my spiritual journey?
· How do we really know that we have a purpose?
· Feedback from previous episodes
· Chassidus Question: Reshimu- Part IV
· MyLife Essays: Free Choice, Divinely Assisted; The Transformative Powers of the Chassidic Niggun; Conquering Anger: The 5 Step Plan
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