8:00pm: Why Don’t We See Chassidim Being Scrupulous About Making Blessings on Trees?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 209, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Why Don’t We See Chassidim Being Scrupulous About Making Blessings on Trees? Does Negating Secular Education Mean That We Have to Be Ignorant? How Can I Connect Emotionally and Not Just Intellectually? What Is the Jewish Perspective on Chakras and the Third Eye?

The topics in this week’s 209th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Iyar and Beis Iyar
  • Lessons from Parshas Tazria-Metzora
  • Why don’t we see Chassidim being scrupulous about making blessings on trees?
  • Does negating secular education mean that we have to be ignorant?
  • Are we obligated to teach our children a trade and how to make a living?
    • Should we not be teaching basic English and math skills?
    • How can I connect emotionally and not just intellectually?
  • What is the Jewish perspective on chakras and the third eye?
  • Follow-up: shlichus (episodes 204; 206-207)
  • Chassidus Question: How do you explain in palatable terms the idea of a metzora according to Chassidus, as one lacking the bittul of “ohr abba”?
  • My Life 2018 essays: The Holy Cow Diet, by Levi Teldon, 34, Shliach, San Antonio, Texas; Chassidic Emotional Intelligence, by Shraga Crombie, 37, Chabad House at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; HACK Your Addiction: Chassidus for the Smartphone Era, by Daniel Feld, 29, Acupuncturist, Israel


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.

All episodes are immediately available for viewing in the MLC’s archive and can be downloaded as MP3s for listening on the go.

Questions may be submitted anonymously at meaningfullife.com/mylife.


  • 1. Fruit Tree On Albany wrote:

    There is a blooming peach tree on Albany between Montgomery and Empire. Matzah bakery side…

  • 2. Milhouse wrote:

    It’s too late. al pi kabalah the bracha can only be made in Nissan. That’s why in the southern hemisphere it’s never said.


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