8:00pm: Appropriate to Paint Rebbe’s Image on Walls?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 186, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Is It Appropriate to Paint the Rebbe’s Image on Walls? How Can There Be “Terrorism” in Chabad? Can You Give an Example of a Mistake You’ve Made and How You Corrected It and Turned It into a Blessing? What Are Angels and How Do We Know Their Names? Would the Rebbe Be Happy with the Recent Crown Heights “Food Crawl”?

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The topics in this week’s 186th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Vayeirah
  • What are angels and how do we know their names?
  • Is it appropriate to paint the Rebbe’s image on walls?
  • How can there be “terrorism” in Chabad
  • Can you give an example of a mistake you’ve made and how you corrected it and turned it into a blessing?
  • Would the Rebbe be happy with the recent Crown Heights “Food Crawl”?
  • Follow-up:
    • Rebbe – Moshiach (episode 183)
    • Anger at G-d (episode 184)
    • Shidduchim crisis (episodes 169-171)
    • Jew at heart: Tolerance (episode 185)
  • Chassidus Question: What is free will?
  • MyLife Essays: Removing Evil From The World, by Sara Bloom, Pittsburgh, PA; The Supernatural Power of Supra-Rational Commitment, by Nathaniel-Yitzchak Grynpas, Sderot, Israel; Eliminating Jealousy with the Chassidic Masters, by Chaya Sara Gurewicz, Petach Tikvah, Israel. These and other essays can be read online at meaningfullife.com/essays.


This hour-long dose of insights, broadcast live every Sunday night 8-9PM EST, 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.

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.

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  • 1. Vandalism wrote:

    A better question might be whether it’s appropriate to vandalize the Rebbe’s picture when someone else paints it on their wall.

  • 2. CHT wrote:

    Probably would not be happy about painting. However, the whole point why our admurim did not want things like that is because image can get eventually dis-respected. The ridiculous stupidity behind painting the portrait over is precisely why you cannot paint, not the painting that is not suggested, but possible disrespect that is not suggested. Well, the vandals made it not just possible, but certain.


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