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8:00pm: How Should We React to the Recent Mezuzah Controversy?

The topics in this week’s 243rd episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Shevat and Parshas Bo
  • How should we react to the recent Mezuzah controversy?
  • Is there an intrinsic value to keeping Chassidus in its pristine state and not trying to apply it to specific situations?
  • What did the Rebbe mean by calling someone a “plain-clothed chassid”?
  • Mazel: Do Jewish people have luck?
  • Why is 770 not kept neater?
  • Request: References for mental health specialists
  • Follow-up (episodes 241-242):
    • Emulating Yaakov
    • Singing in the restroom
    • What defines a Chabad Chassid?
    • Government intervention in our schools
  • Chassidus question: Is G-d inside or outside of us?
  • My Life 2018 essays:
    • The Value of Our Constant Struggles, Sara Schwartz, 32, Granada Hills, CA
    • Transcendental Mediation in Light of Chassidus, Dovid Bressman, 35, Los Angeles, CA
    • Increase Motivation for Change after Repeated Failures, Tirtza Butman, 46, Ramat, HaSharon, 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

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


  • 1. Brains. wrote:

    We have so many opinions. From the sofer, from the sellers, from rabonim, from shluchim, from random people with no title, now from rabbi Simon Jacobson. I think he should discuss the general topic of who should we trust and listen to.

  • 3. To Brains. Sounds like No Brains wrote:

    RSJ’s advice was very level headed: buy a mezuzah and before you put it up, get it checked. If it’s as advertised – great. If not, return it.


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