8:00pm: How Do You Explain Chassidim Violating the Rebbe’s Limit on Drinking?

The topics in this week’s 247th episode of the highly acclaimed popular MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Adar I and Terumah
  • How do you explain Chassidim violating the Rebbe’s limit on drinking?
  • How do we balance parental influences with finding our own path?
  • Why in our prayers is mention made only of males, and not females?
  • What can be done to preserve a marriage in which a spouse suffers from a personality disorder?
  • Based on the Rebbe’s emphasis on teaching the world about sheva mitzvos Bnei Noach, do Jews have an obligation to bring up the prohibition of abortion in a politically charged climate?
  • What is the story with the book called The Bible Unauthorized by A.H. Moose? Is it legitimate?
  • Are there lessons from the Rebbe about the recent bitter cold?
  • Follow-up:
    • Who owns the Rebbe’s words and images? (episode 246)
    • Can anyone just print the Rebbe’s talks and disseminate his images? How do we assure that it’s done in a responsible manner – consistent with the Rebbe’s wishes?
    • Shaming abusers (episodes 202-204)
  • Chassidus question: How do you explain the idea of mokom aron ayno min ha’midah – the “space of the ark is not (included) in the dimensions (of the Holy of Holies),” i.e. did not occupy space?
  • My Life 2018 essays:
    • Physical and Spiritual Healing in Chassidism, Dovid Yitzchak Garbarchik, 46, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Cyberbullying, Yaacov Kurer, 22, Israel
    • Remedies for Depression, Ruth Andrusier, 18, Brooklyn, NY

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. tchm wrote:

    how do we accept any other issues that the Rebbe advised and people don’t listen. look what they are doing to real estate, and what did the Rebbe say? and more

  • 3. Sruly lebovic wrote:

    Why dont you ask why isint every chassid misbonen in a inyin in chassidus before davening??


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