Weekly Story: The Cry Of The Shofar

In Beis Rebbe (p.34), it is noted that the Mitteler Rebbe was not able to be in Lubavitch for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur of 5586 (1825) and he sent a message that his son-in-law the HaRav Menachem Mendel (commonly known as the Tzemach Tzedek) should say a maamar in his stead. The Tzemach Tzedek refused, [as only a Rebbe can say his original maamar Chassidus], but he said a parable to explain the meaning of tekias shofar. The clarity in which he presented this thought, that the people were so affected by it, that even before he explained the nimshal (what we should learn from it), they burst into tears.

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8:00pm: If We Did Nothing Would the World Cease to Be?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 228, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: What Can We Practically Do to Pray a Bit Better? Should I Be Concerned About Speaking Loshon Hora When Speaking with My Mentor? For the Sake of Sholom Bayis Should I Do Something My Spouse Prefers That I Would Normally Refrain from Doing? Does the Torah Expect the Same from People Regardless of Their Vital Childhood Experience? Is There Any Value in Rigidly Doing Mitzvot by Rote Even If It Does Not Refine Me? What Does It Mean That We Need to Stimulate G-D’s Desire to Recreate Existence on Rosh Hashana? If We Did Nothing Would the World Cease to Be?

Weekly Story: Bringing Out Its Beauty

Quite often the question is asked, “What did Chassidus accomplish?” or sometimes it is phrased in stronger words, “You see in the generations before the Baal Shem Tov, that there were great tzaddikim and ehrliche (righteous) Jews, who did not need the “light” of Chassidus to attain their level. So why is it necessary now?”

8:00pm: Hiddur Mitzvah Without Becoming Obsessive Compulsive?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 227, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How Can I Balance Hiddur Mitzvah Without Becoming Obsessive Compulsive? Are the Rambam’s Dietary Directives the Proper Halachic and Chassidic Way to Eat? As a Ger I Wonder at Times Whether My Mitzvos Have Any Effect? Chassidus Applied to Chai Elul, Parshas Ki Tavo and the 6th Week of the Shiva D’Nechemta; Lessons from Elul 15: Establishment of Tomchei Temimim 121 Years Ago

Weekly Story: Whose Accomplishment Is It?

In the beginning of this weeks parsha, the Torah instructs us that the first born son is to receive a double portion. Then the possuk states, this applies even if the man had two wives and by both of them their first child was a boy. However, the man loves the second wife more than the first and he desires to bequeath the double portion to the son of the wife he loves over the firstborn of his first wife.

Here’s My Story: Fourth Time’s the Charm

I came to Chabad many years ago, but for me to say that is not accurate because, really, Chabad came to me. In 1970, while studying at the University of Buffalo, I attended a class on Jewish mysticism being taught by Rabbi Noson Gurary. As a result of that class, I became interested in finding out more about my roots and, during my last semester at college, I had my first encounter with the Rebbe.

Parasha: Our Roles as Judges

Although a judge reflects a very high position, which draws an attitude of deep fear and exceptional respect, yet we on a personal level, are indeed, the person who is obligated to fulfill this sophisticated task. Our role as being ‘judges’ is our continuous involvement with ultimate responsibility to make careful and cautious moves, so we don’t hurt the innocent and thereby not let the violator come across as the winner, Chas Veshalom.

Weekly Story: Revealing A Hidden Spark

Two months ago, I had the honor of meeting Reb Chaim Reisner, who has devoted the last twenty some years of his life to publicize the Rebbe’s call of publicizing the Sheva Mitzvos Bnei Noach (the 7 Noachide laws). He told me, that in addition to what the Rebbe quoted from the Rambam about elevating the people of the world, he has seen that it arouses dormant memories and allows assimilated Jews to rediscover who they really are.

Here’s My Story: Why Miracles Happen

As a young man growing up in Ukraine during the 1920s, I got to know the Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Rokeach, whom I came to revere. When the war broke out and I was drafted into the Russian Army, he assured me that I would survive and return safe and sound, which I did. In 1942, I was in the terrible Battle of Stalingrad, where I saw thousands of soldiers dying around me, but time and again, I survived due to incidents I can only describe as miracles.