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8:00pm: Tragedy in Pittsburgh: How Should We React?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 233, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Tragedy in Pittsburgh: How Should We React? What Is the Rebbe’s View on Buying a Lottery Ticket? After Finishing Yeshiva I Am Not Sure What I Should Be Doing; I Am Feeling Resentful That I Was Not Trained to Make a Living; Why Do We Respect University Trained Professionals in Our Community, but Frown upon Yeshiva Bochurim Going to College? Chassidus Applied to Chof Cheshvan and Chayei Sarah

8:00pm: Can We Go to a Non-Religious/Non-Chassidic Therapist?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 232, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How Do You Explain the Blessing of “She’Lo Osani Isha”? Do We Need Secular Sources to Teach Us How to Understand and Raise Our Children? What Should Our Attitude Be to “Non-Official” Shluchim? Hiding Sarah in a… Box? Are Controversial Verses in the Torah Being Taught to Our Children in the Proper Way? Can We Go to a Non-Religious/Non-Chassidic Therapist? What Is the Attitude of Chassidus Chabad to the Ramchal and His Mesilas Yisharim?

Weekly Story: He Circumcised Himself

After the bris and the [Rebbe] Rashab was named, his grandfather, the Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek expressed a thought based on the acronyms of his name Reb Sholom Ber and said, “BaSaR ShaBaR”; which means that one should break the materialistic aspects of the physical world

8:00pm: How Do I Find Myself When I Feel Lost?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 231, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Why Would Loving Spouses Fight Every Time They Come Back from Somebody’s House? How Do I Find Myself When I Feel Lost? Why Is There More Focus on Chitzoniyos (Externals) in Dor Ha’Shevii? Is Learning and Teaching Chassidus Chagas Considered “Spreading the Wellsprings”? What Is the Difference Between the “Law of Attraction” and Bitachon? How Does Evil Fit into Divine Unity?

8:00pm: What Is the Rebbe’s View Regarding a Prenup?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 230, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Can We Ask About the “Whys” and the “Hows” of Torah and Mitzvos, or Do We Have to Accept It All Without Questions? Chassidus Applied to Yom Kippur and Sukkot; How Can I Show G-d That I Truly Repented? What Exactly Is Simcha? Why Should One Be Observant; Do We Need Someone Outside of Ourselves to Build Our Self-Worth?

Weekly Story: Every Word Is Meaningful

As is known, beginning from Simchas Torah 5716 and continuing through Simchas Torah 5724, the Rebbe taught ten nigunnim. (On Simchas Torah 5724, the Rebbe taught two niggunim). What is less known is that four other niggunim were taught by the Rebbe at various times throughout the year. This week’s story is about the niggun Asader L’seudasa, which the Rebbe taught on Shabbos Parshas Balak 5717.

Here’s My Story: Can You Land This Plane?

The events that I am about to relate took place in 1958, when I was just twenty-four years old. I was enrolled in rabbinic studies at Yeshiva University, whose Rosh Yeshivah, Rav Joseph Ber Soloveitchik strongly encouraged his students to serve in the armed forces. He felt that the United States had been very good to the Jewish people, and that we had an obligation to do our part in serving the country.

Weekly Story: Celebrating Sukkos Outside the GPU Office

I was arrested together with a number of other chassidim on the 13th of Elul, 5695 (1935). Around two months later, we all were sentenced to exile for “counter-revolutionary” activities. The train transit took many days, until we arrived at the first destination. There the prisoners were sent to various locations, such as the Ural Mountains, Siberia and Uzbekistan. We were sent to Turkestan.

Laws and Customs: Sukkos

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches, Maggid Shiur in Yeshiva Gedola of Melbourne, Australia, has compiled a guide to the laws of Sukkos (up to – but not including – Hoshanah Rabbah), including the laws of building a Sukkah and selecting the Daled Minim, for the benefit of the wider Lubavitch community.

Weekly Story: Techiyas Hameisim on Erev Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur was this past Wednesday, and this Shabbos, Yud-Gimmel Tishrei, is the 136th Yahrzeit of the Rebbe Maharash. I received the following phenomenal story of the Rebbe Maharash, from Rabbi Mendel Moscowitz who heard it from Rabbi Leibel Posner may he be well, who as a child heard it directly from Rabbi Laizer Weissman, the person who personally witnessed it. I verified the story with one of Rabbi Posner’s sons, who filled me in on some additional details.