8:00pm: How Do We Address and Deal With Transgender Issues?

The topics in this week’s 406th episode of the highly acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied series, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, will include:

  • Chassidus Applied to Shelach
    • Why did Moshe send scouts? 
    • What mistake did the scouts make and what can we learn from it?
    • Why were scouts sent if G-d promised us he would give us the land?
    • Are we supposed to rely on G-d or on our own resources?
    • Who were the maapilim? Why were they punished for taking the initiative and trying to enter Israel?
  • What are the Rebbe’s directives for the summer?
  • How important is it to be with friends when going on shlichus to another Yeshiva?
  • How do we address and deal with transgender issues?
    • Are there only two genders according to the Torah?
    • Why do we get offended when a person identifies as gender neutral – after all, isn’t G-d not defined by a particular gender?
    • Does the Torah recognize and permit gender change surgery?
    • Should we be taking a stance or fighting the latest trends embracing transgenderism?
    • What are your thoughts on the What is a Woman documentary by Matt Walsh?
  • Follow-up: Is it appropriate for schools to have their students solicit for a fundraising campaign?
  • Chassidus question: What is the reshimo? How can we apply it to life?


MyLife: Chassidus Applied is a weekly video webcast candidly answering questions from the public about all life matters and challenges, covering the entire spectrum of human experience. 

This hour-long dose of insights, broadcast live every Sunday night 8-9PM ET, is meant to provide people with inspired guidance and direction, empowering them to deal with any issue they may face. 

In what has become a staple in so many people’s lives, MyLife: Chassidus Applied 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?

MyLife demonstrates how Chassidus provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. MyLife is brought to you by the Meaningful Life Center as a public service, free of charge.

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