8:00pm: Do ‘Mushrooms’ Have Any Legitimacy?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon JacobsonEpisode 25, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info beginning at 8:00pm. This week’s class will address a variety of topics, including secular education, music, summer camp and ‘Mushrooms,’ a term commonly used to describe unaffiliated ‘Shluchim.’


What does the Rebbe and Chassidus have to say about music? How selective must one be about listening to Chabad music, chassidishe music, chazonus? What about Carlebach, mainstream frum music, and more modern music?

What role does secular education play in the life of a Chassid, if any at all? What can be said about those that some have coined “mushrooms”? Are camps teaching hiskashrus in a healthy way or teaching campers to simply repeat “bumper stickers”?

Tune in this Sunday night for the next episode of MyLife: Chassidus Applied, which will address these sensitive and controversial issues, based on the questions anonymously submitted through the online forum. This hour-long dose of insight 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 www.meaninfullife.com/mylifelive.

The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:

·        Can you get a secular education without polluting your mind?

·        What is the role of secular studies in a Chassid’s life?

·        The legitimacy of  “mushrooms”

·        How should summer camps teach hiskashrus?

·        How careful should I be about the music I listen to?

·        Follow-up on Rebbe Edition

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, 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. 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 MP3’s for listening on the go.

Questions may be submitted anonymously at www.meaningfullife.com/mylifelive.