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MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 163
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MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 163, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson

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How do we apply Chassidus to this upcoming month of Sivan, when we celebrate the receiving of the Torah? How can we make this month come alive and be relevant to our personal lives?

Should we give tzedakah to someone who may use the funds for something inappropriate or even forbidden? Should it be our concern what the money is used for or should we just give because someone is asking? When is it better not to give?

While domestic abuse is a serious issue, how do we protect the innocent from false allegations of a vindictive spouse?

Rabbi Jacobson will address these relevant and controversial issues in this week’s 163rd episode of MyLife: Chassidus Applied. He will also continue discussing the following topics: the Rashbi, applying Chassidus while maintaining its purity, superiority in Torah, the issues surrounding a school strike, enjoying G-d’s beautiful world and understanding narcissism.

Rabbi Jacobson will also review the following essays submitted in the last MyLife: Chassidus Applied essay contest: “Overcoming Addiction through Balance” by Yisroel Yitzchaki; “The Olympic Theory” by Shneur Zalman Ives; and “Adjusting to Distressing ‘New Normals’” by Malky Bitton. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/essays.

And finally, the Chassidus question of the week: As we enter the sixth week of counting the Omer, when we refine the emotion of yesod, can you please explain the emotional attribute of yesod? How does it apply to our personal lives?

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 Rosh Chodesh Sivan and Bamidbar

· Should school be hated and feel like prison? My son feels that way. What can I do about it?

· How do we protect the innocent from false allegations of a vindictive spouse?

· To give or not to give when the money may be used for something inappropriate?

· Follow-up:

o The Rashbi

o Applying Chassidus

o Superiority in Torah

o School strike

o Enjoying G-d’s world

o Understanding narcissism

· Chassidus Question: How can Yesod be practically applied to our lives?

· MyLife Essays: Overcoming Addiction through Balance, The Olympic Theory, Adjusting to Distressing “New Normals”

In what has now become a staple in so many people’s lives, MyLife: Chassidus Applied addresses questions that many people are afraid to ask and others are afraid to answer. When asked about the sensitive topics he has been addressing, Rabbi Simon Jacobson commented, “I understand that the stakes are high and great care has to be taken when speaking openly, but the silence and lack of clarity on matters plaguing the community can no longer go unaddressed. The stakes of not providing answers are even higher.”

The on-going series has provoked a significant reaction from the community, with thousands of people viewing each live broadcast and hundreds of questions pouring in week after week. At the root of every question and personal challenge tackled by the series is the overarching question: Does Judaism have the answers to my personal dilemmas?

In inimitable “Jacobson-fashion”, the broadcast answers people’s questions in simple, clear language while being heavily sourced. Each episode is jam-packed with eye-opening advice from the Rebbeim, gleaned from uncovering surprising gems in their letters, sichos and maamorim that address our personal issues with disarming relevance. Simultaneously, Rabbi Jacobson is able to crystallize a concept quickly, succinctly, and poignantly for any level of listener.

All episodes are immediately available for viewing in the MLC's archive and can be downloaded as MP3s for listening on the go.

Questions may be submitted anonymously at meaningfullife.com/mylife

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