8:00pm: Can One Write a Pidyon to Other Rebbes

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 223, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Can I Write a Pidyon to Other Rebbes, or Only to My Own Rebbe? If a School Is Doing Things Counter to the Rebbe’s Directives, Is It Considered a Lubavitch School? If My Soul Is Jewish (Born to a Jewish Mother), Does That Automatically Make My Body Jewish, Even If My Father Is Not Jewish? How to Be a Good Parent? Continued; Chassidus Applied to Chof Av; What Is the Difference Between the Kabbalah of the Rama”k and the Kabbalah of the Arizal?

The topics in this week’s 223rd episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Chof Av
  • Lessons from the 2nd Week of the Shiva D’Nechemta, Parshas Eikev and Shabbos Mevorchim Elul
  • Can I write a pidyon to other Rebbes, or only to my own Rebbe?
  • If a school is doing things counter to the Rebbe’s directives, is it considered a Lubavitch school?
  • If my soul is Jewish (born to a Jewish mother), does that automatically make my body Jewish, even if my father is not Jewish?
  • Follow-up:
    • Lunar eclipse (episode 222)
    • Moshiach’s birthday (episode 222)
    • Secular sources (episode 218)
    • Off the derech (episodes 220-221)
    • Can we establish policy based on a chassidishe hergesh? (Episode 219)
  • How to be a good parent? Continued
  • Chassidus question: What is the difference between the Kabbalah of the Rama”k and the Kabbalah of the Arizal?
  • My Life 2018 essays: Slow and Steady: Accomplishing Goals the SMART Way, Mushka Silberberg, 21, Lincolnwood, IL; Combating Burnout: Bring Light to Others, Bring Light Upon Yourself, Chaya Mushka Kosofsky, 19, Brooklyn, NY; Resolving Political Intolerance According to Chassidus, Shmuel Gomes, 26, United States

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. Why not? wrote:

    You can get brachos from cohanim, why not from other Rebbes? The Rebbe would tell ohanim sometimes that they had the power to bless people. I’m sorry, but the answer in this presentation seems to be denigrating.

  • 2. Sorry wrote:

    I wrote comment #1. My comment about denigrating may have been disrespectful and possibly lashon hara. Sorry.


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