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MyLife: Chassidus Applied Podcast by Simon Jacobson addresses the personal and emotional needs of our community by answering the most pressing questions of our lives -- from the perspective of Chassidic thought. The podcast demonstrates how the Torah provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Get unlimited free downloads of MP3 recordings o

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  • Ep. 486: Can You Be a Zionist Without Displaying the Israeli Flag and Singing Its Anthem?

    26/02/2024 Duração: 01h17min

    What does this week’s Torah portion and time period teach us today? Lessons from Adar How does joy help us get through difficult challenges? What is the acronym of Adar? Does the joy in Adar have the power to transform true darkness? Is the joy in Adar initiated from above or from our work below? If we defeated Amalek on Purim why are we still facing enemies like Hamas? Why don’t I see blessings in my life as the Rebbe Rashab promised to those who will learn Chassidus? Parshas Ki Tisa What can we learn from Moshe challenging and prevailing over G-d to forgive the people? Is there a connection between the broken tablets and the shattered containers of Tohu? Is the October 7 massacre and subsequent war a punishment for building the Golden Calf? How could the people transgress such a grave sin of idolatry just 39 days after the greatest revelation at Sinai? Why not support a Palestinian state? Why not deport the Arabs and Muslims from Israel? What should be our attitude to Zionism and to displaying t

  • Ep. 485: What Can We Learn From President Javier Milei’s Prayers at the Kotel?

    19/02/2024 Duração: 01h12min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:Why does the world not demand that Hamas surrender?What does this week’s Torah portion and time period teach us today?  Lessons from Adar Lessons from Purim Katan  Parshas Tetzaveh  Parshas Terumah  Parshas Mishpatim  Can you distinguish between supporting the State of Israel as a secular governing body and recognizing it as a divinely sanctioned state?   What are the different opinions about the “three oaths” which include forbidding Jews from forcefully reclaiming Israel?  How can we support the government of Israel if the Rebbe Rashab strongly opposed modern Zionism?  How do we respond to the question whether we are Zionists?  Should we allow displays of the Israeli flag and the singing of its anthem in our institutions?  How much should we fight about these issues, if at all?   How do we focus on proliferating the positive meaning of Israel and Zionism, instead of addressing the negative?  

  • Ep. 484: What Should Be Our Attitude to Zionism?

    12/02/2024 Duração: 01h04min

    When: Sunday, February 11, 8:00PM ETFor recording visit the archive page or your favorite podcast carrier.Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:How do we find strength in challenging times? What does this week’s Torah portion and time period teach us today?      > What are three fundamental steps of growth? Exodus, Sinai and the Mishkan      > Lessons from Parshas Terumah      > How revolutionary is the idea of building a temple in and from this physical world?      > Lessons from Adar      > How can one be joyous in times of war and loss?      > What is true joy?  Moshiach      > What will the world look like when Moshiach comes?      > What can we do to bring Moshiach closer?      > What is the difference between the feminine shira and the masculine shir referring to the song of the future?      > If G-d is the true reality and is omnipresent, what exactly are we accomplishing when we create a “home for the divine” in this lowest of worlds? What is our attitude to Z

  • Ep. 483: With War Raging in Israel, Is It Appropriate to Increase in Joy During This Adar?

    05/02/2024 Duração: 01h03min

    Submit your question now at https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ask-rabbi-jacobson, or email: [email protected]. WEBSITE: https://www.chassidusapplied.com/ EMAIL US: [email protected] SPONSOR A MYLIFE: CHASSIDUS APPLIED EPISODE, OR EXPLORE OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.meaningfullife.com/sponsorships THIS WEEK'S TOPICS: What does this week’s Torah portion and time period teach us about today’s war? • Lessons from Adar: The power of joy 02:57 • What is joy and can we be joyous even when bad things are happening? 05:54 • Lessons from Parshas Mishpatim 09:16 What do we learn from the month of Adar, and especially the two Adar’s in this leap year? 13:23 • With war raging in Israel, is it appropriate to increase in joy during this Adar? 22:37 • Is a leap year a positive or a negative thing? • The paradox of the moon 18:02 • Were the Rebbeim more concerned during a leap year? 20:27 • Is it more likely for Moshiach to come in a leap year? 24:20 Lessons from Chof Bei

  • Ep. 482: What More Can We Do to Help Win the War?

    29/01/2024 Duração: 01h07min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:What more can we do to help win the war that continues to rage on?  Why have all our beautiful, good deeds not ended the war?  After all that we have done, can we demand that G-d finally put an end to this nightmare?  What is the meaning of the song ech ti zimlak that the Rebbe instructed him to sing on various occasions?  What does this day offer us?  What lessons can we learn from the Rebbetzin about how to win the war against Hamas and their antisemitic supporters?   Why do people refer to the Rebbetzin as the Frierdiker Rebbe’s daughter or the Rebbe’s wife instead of describing her in her own right?  What did the Rebbe mean when he said marrying the Rebbetzin bound him to the chassidim:    Wasn't the Rebbe already bound to the chassidim by being a descendant of the Tzemach Tzedek?  Did the Rebbe explain the significance of her passing in connection with the number eleven – on the 22nd day (twice 11) in the 11th month?  Is there a

  • Ep. 481: How Should We React to Jews Sympathizing With Our Enemies?

    22/01/2024 Duração: 01h06min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:What lessons can we learn from this time period about the war Israel is waging?  What resources and strengths are we given to help us fight our battles?  Since the shechina would have remained below if they had not sinned, what is accomplished through our service today?  Can we apply the transforming of shtus d’leumas zeh to shtus d’kedusha to secular music?  When was Basi L’Gani first delivered by the Frierdiker Rebbe?  Is there a connection between Basi L’Gani and Rebbetzin Rivkah, in whose honor the maamar was said?  What do we learn from the central theme of this parsha?  What did Moses and Joshua do to successfully defeat the Amalekites that we can learn from today?   How do we collect a double portion of spiritual and physical “manna” blessings today as we are in the Erev Shabbos before the geulah?  Is there a connection between the serpent in Eden and the staff of Moshe?  Should the fact that we are in exile in any way change ou

  • Ep 480: What Are We to Make Of the Recent Chaos in 770?

    15/01/2024 Duração: 01h14min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:Yud Shevat  What is the central theme of Yud Shevat and Basi L’Gani and what lessons do they offer us today?  Should Yud Shevat be celebrated with joy, like Lag B’Omer?  Did the Rebbe ever explain why he waited a year to formally accept leadership?  What are the different explanations for the term Shechina?  Can the idea of transforming matter into divine energy be compared to Einstein's first law of thermodynamics?  What can we learn from chapter 14 of Basi L’Gani about today’s war?  Do we have to wait 40 years for the geulah like the 40 years in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land?  When does the seventh generation end?  How do we know Moshiach is almost here?  Do we see today signs of Moshiach’s coming?  When bad things come to light is that a sign of Moshiach’s coming?  What do we learn from the central theme of this parsha?  Does matzah serve as a lesson in the humility we need today?  Will new names of Hashem

  • Ep. 479: Why Can’t G-d Just Grant Israel a Quick Victory?

    08/01/2024 Duração: 01h09min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:What is our overall responsibility during this time of war in Israel? Are there parallels between the current battles and events that transpired in the Egyptian exile?  What does this week’s Torah portion teach us about today’s war?  What can we learn from the fact that G-d revealed the name Havaya specifically to Moshe in Egypt and not to the Patriarchs?  What does this teach us about darkness and about challenge?  Why are there four expressions of freedom?  Why did G-d not just redeem the Jews quickly and in one move? Why did it need to be a prolonged process?   Same question today: Why can’t G-d just grant Israel a quick victory?  What can we learn from Moshe looking around and then slaying the Egyptian striking a Jew?  What is someone called a “rasha” when only raising his hand against another? What do we learn from this about our present enemies?  Can we compare Jewish antisemites to Dasan and Aviram?  Why did Hashem ask Moshe “what is in

  • Ep. 478: Is the War in Gaza a Step Toward Transforming Exile Into Redemption?

    01/01/2024 Duração: 01h10min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:What does this week’s Torah portion teach us about today’s war?  Why is the entire book of Shemos, including the narrative about the bitter exile, called the “Book of Redemption”?  What does this teach us about darkness and about attacking Jews?  Can we learn any lessons from G-d appearing to Moshe in the burning bush?   What do we learn from Moshe’s protest to G-d: “why have You harmed this people?”  If Jacob’s best years of his life were in Mitzrayim, why was he so adamant that he should be buried in Israel?  20 and 24 Teves  The Rambam and the Alter Rebbe’s merits should save us all  The Enemy  Should we see all the Palestinians as our enemy?  How can we transform, not just eradicate, the enemy?  If darkness is only the absence of light, how is it that our enemies have captured the minds of many people?  Is the war in Gaza a step toward transforming exile into redemption?   Actions  What impact should this war have on our lives

  • Ep. 477: What Do We Learn From Nittel About the War?

    25/12/2023 Duração: 01h03min

    When: Sunday, December 24, 8:00PM ETFor recording visit the archive page or your favorite podcast carrier.Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:What does this time period teach us?  Nittel   Is anything accomplished by refraining from learning on Nittel?  What should we be doing Nittel night?  What do we learn from Nittel about the war?  Teves   10 Teves  What did Yaakov mean when he said that the best years of his life were in Egypt?  What are some things the Egyptian exile can teach us as we transition from galus to the final geulah?   Why was Jacob not able to reveal to his children the exact time Moshiach would come?   Why are Menashe and Efraim considered part of the 12 tribes, and why then are there not 14 tribes?  How do we prepare for Yud Shevat?  Can we go to another cemetery to pray if we are unable to travel to the Ohel?  What is chassidus and how does it give us the ammunition and fortitude to endure and to be victorious during a time of war?   Did the

  • Ep. 476: What Can We Learn From Hei Teves About Today’s War?

    19/12/2023 Duração: 01h09min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: What can we learn from Hei Teves about today’s war  Where does the expression “didan notzach” come from?  What does this day signify?  Why don’t we continue growing in holiness and light more candles after Chanukah?  How does the reconciliation of Joseph and his brothers help us understand and navigate today’s events?  What can we learn from Joseph revealing himself to his brothers and from his reassuring them that G-d brought me to Egypt to save lives?   What are some lessons from Joseph’s trials and tribulations?  Why are our actions not achieving the desired results of ending this nightmare once and for all?  What else can we do?  Should we transform the enemy’s expressions into positive messages?  Should we be organizing large public tehillim gatherings? Make more farbrengens? More activities with children? Special prayers from brides and grooms?  My heart is broken over the hostages that were accidentally killed. What else does

  • Ep. 475: How Does Chanukah Provide Us With Strength and Direction in These Trying Times?

    15/12/2023 Duração: 01h05min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:How Chanukah provides us with strength and direction these trying times  What lessons do the lights of Chanukah offer us?  Why do we celebrate the war victory with lighting candles?  What do we learn from the length of time which the Chanukah lights must burn – “until the feet of the Tarmudoi have ceased”?  Is there a connection between the dreidel and Moshiach?  Who was Antiochus and why did he have a problem with the Jews doing Torah and Mitzvos?  What is the spiritual difference between Shammai and Hillel’s opinion on how we light the Chanukah candles?  Why don't we light two separate menorahs to cover Shammai and Hillel’s opinions?  Can we glean different military strategies from their opinions?  If Zos Chanukah is the true essence of Chanukah being the brightest day, how do we reconcile that with Beis Shammai’s opinion that we light only one candle on that day?  Do our Biblical enemies, like Antiochus and Amelek, actually manifest to

  • Ep. 474: How Yud Tes Kislev and Chanukah Provide Us With Strength and Direction in These Trying Times

    05/12/2023 Duração: 01h04min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:How Yud Tes Kislev provides us with strength and direction in these trying times  What lessons do we take from Yud Tes Kislev for today’s war  What is the significance of the Alter Rebbe saying Padah B’shalom Nafshi when he was notified of his release?  What can we derive from the Tanya we learn these days?  How can we improve our prayers based on the last section in Tanya?  What message do we learn from Tanya’s cover page?   What lessons do the lights of Chanukah offer us?  What is the spiritual difference between the wick, the oil and the lame they produce?  Can G-d make miracles as he has done in past wars or does He want us to do the fighting ourselves?  Is the current war closer to what happened on Chanukah or Purim?  Are the turncoat Jewish women marching with Hamas supporters a reincarnation of Miriam bas Bilgah?  Who is today’s Yehudis?  Is there a connection between Chassidus and the oil we use to light the menorah?    Is th

  • Ep. 473: What Would the Rebbe’s View Be on the Latest Hostage Deal?

    27/11/2023 Duração: 01h08min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: What are our responsibilities in time of war?  How have Jews won their battles throughout history?  How do the physical and spiritual components of the war complement each other?  What does the spiritual war entail?  How do you fight and win a war against a sworn enemy?  Why are we empowered by knowing that this conflict is part of the geulah process?  How do we respond to the global wake-up call?  What strength and lessons do we gain from Yud Dalet Kislev – the 95th anniversary of the Rebbe and the Rebbetzin?  What are some practical steps we can take to change our daily mindset from the negativity of golus to the positivity of geulah?  How should I avoid despair?  How do we build up betachon?  How beautiful is it to see Jews celebrating the return of the hostages?  What would the Rebbe’s view be on the latest hostage deal?  Does negotiating with terrorists over hostages create a dangerous precedent and further encourages its e

  • Ep. 472: Are We Just Fighting a Defensive War, or Do We Have a Vision for the Future?

    21/11/2023 Duração: 01h11min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:Strength and Direction  Are we just fighting a defensive war, or do we have a vision for the future?   What is the spiritual, cosmic and psychological nature of this war?  What is the true role of Israel and the Jewish people, why are they integrally connected, and what crucial mission must they bring to the entire world?  How to deal with a sworn enemy: Peace through strength and truth  Nip an infection in the bud: Preemptive actions  Should we consider public opinion?  The battle – rooted in the house of Abraham – is about fulfilling what G-d wants of humanity  We are the final stages of golus, ready to usher in the redemption  What should this war teach us? And how should we respond?  What is the best response to antisemitism?  How should we respond to the current historic wake-up call?  Lessons from the Franco-Russian War of 1812 and its spiritual implications  Today we have the power to transform the world of Esau and Ishmae

  • Ep. 471: Should We Attend the Pro-Israel Rally in Washington on Tuesday?

    14/11/2023 Duração: 01h07min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:A Historic Wake-Up Call  How are we to look at the latest events shaking us all up?  Is this a wake-up call?  How do we respond?  What are its implications?  What responsibility do we have today and what should we be doing?  How can I move away from obsessively following the news?  How do we deal with upheaval?  What can I do to comfort someone who lost a loved one in Israel?  Why should we be afraid of terrorists if we have one G-d and many worlds?    Should we attend the pro-Israel rally in Washington on Tuesday?   Should I not allow my children to attend due to concerns for their safety?  What are our good deeds accomplishing?  If someone is not doing a good deed, are they less protected?  Should we giving charity and saying Psalms together?  Should we be extra careful with tznius?  Should we start dancing and celebrating now, in advance of the miracles we know Hashem will do?  Should we apply for legal gun permits for s

  • Ep. 470: What Battles Were Foreseen to Happen in the End of Days? Answering the Tough Questions Part 4

    07/11/2023 Duração: 59min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Strength and Direction What should be our general attitude to recent events? How should we react to this tragedy? How should we deal with fear? What should we tell our children? Should we be traveling to Israel now? Should we be leaving Israel? Actions What actions should we be taking? What more should we be doing? Should there be special emphasis on Mivtza Mezuzah? Are our increased good actions making a difference? How do we know that our good deeds help? They didn’t seem to help the Jews in WWII? Should we “boycott” mitzvos to motivate G-d? Can our words make a difference? How can we increase in Jewish unity – ahavas and achdus Yisroel? How can we get all the shluchim to unite in one Kinus? Should we organize a million-man march? Should we participate in a pro-Israel rally where there may be potential safety concerns? Empowering Torah Portions How does the story of Yishmael and Yitzchak unfold in this week’s Torah portion? What is its

  • Ep.469: Yishmael vs. Isaac: Biblical Roots of Today's Conflict -- Answering the Tough Questions P. 3

    30/10/2023 Duração: 01h12min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:Strength and Direction  How to find strength and direction in these times?  What are the treasures and secret weapons that can help us win today’s war?  How are we to understand the Rebbe’s words that Israel is the safest place in the world?  Is this like the war against Amalek, where we need to eradicate every last one of our enemies?  Should we be concerned that our enemies are setting a trap for us?  How can living with the times – the weekly portions in Torah – help us in these times?  What are the roots and the deeper inside story behind this war, and where do we find it in these weeks Torah portions?  Can we gain strength from the holiday season that just ended?  What does Simchas Torah – and its Torah reading – teach us about these terrible events?  What can we learn from Parshas Bereishis:  What can we learn from Parshas Noach?  What can we learn from Parshas Lech Lecha?   What can we learn from Parshas Vayeira?  Is there a

  • Ep. 468: Abraham’s Vision About Today’s Events; Israel at War: Answering the Tough Questions Part 2

    23/10/2023 Duração: 01h06min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Overview How to find strength and direction in these times? What can we learn from the flood destroying the “world filled with chamas” (in Parshas Noach) for our times today? What should Israel be doing now? What do we learn from Jacob when he prepared to confront Esau? Why don’t we try to appease our enemies? Should we celebrate when our enemies are destroyed? Are these events teaching us that we need to all move to Israel? How does Chassidus explain evil and how to eradicate it? How can things be getting worse instead of getting better if we are doing the things the Rebbe asked us to do? What are the roots and the deeper inside story behind this war? Where do we find these origins in this week’s Torah portion? Please elaborate on the prescient verses in this week’s parsha about current events – the Promised Land, the covenant, the birth of Yishmael and Isaac What was the “deep dark dread” that fell upon Abraham? Was he shown the wars and sufferi

  • Ep. 467: Israel at War

    16/10/2023 Duração: 01h09min

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Overview  Why would G-d allow this to happen? And on Simchas Torah, no less?  Was dancing the appropriate reaction when we first heard about the brutal attacks?  What is the Rebbe’s approach to events like this?  What can we do?  During this time of war does halacha allow us to use radios and cellphones on Shabbos to keep us safe?  How this tragedy brought out the greatness, beauty and love of the Jewish people 

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